Koch Brothers' Americans for Prosperity Spent Record $122 Million in 2012

| by Emily Smith

Americans for Prosperity, the tax-exempt conservative political organization created by the Koch brothers, spent a record $122 million in 2012.

The group spent more in 2012 than in all of its years prior.

Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Americans for Prosperity has attempted to influence elections all over the United States. However, despite its best efforts, the group was unable to defeat President Barack Obama.

Now, documents filed in Colorado show that the average fundraising number quintupled in 2012 through undisclosed donors.

“As long as the money is there, I imagine they will be spending pretty heavily in 2016,” said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

The group has had a number of successes, despite its failure to defeat Obama. It spent $1.5 million to support Gov. Scott Walker over a recall attempt, and $1 million in Arkansas to win control over the state legislature for the first time since 1874.

The group also placed staunch conservatives in the Kansas legislature after removing moderate Republicans.

The group has even supported local elections, such as the Douglas County, Colorado school board.

Sources: The Huffington Post, ThinkProgress