Koch Group Redirects 'Ohio Families First' Website Away From Strickland

Slogan has been part of Strickland's campaign but PAC bought domain first

A super PAC tied to Charles and David Koch is hitting Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland on his record as governor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A super PAC linked to the Koch brothers is using one of Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland's slogans to redirect people to a website criticizing him.

In February, the former Ohio governor launched his "Ohio Families First" plan, which he has made a mainstay of his campaign.

But Freedom Partners Action Fund, an arm of the political network of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, purchased the domain name OhioFamiliesFirst.com, which forwards users to a pamphlet the group compiled criticizing Strickland's policies when he was governor.

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Previously, Strickland used the domain name Makechinagreatagain.com to forward users to the website of his opponent, Republican Sen. Rob Portman.

In turn, Freedom Partners Action Fund purchased tarheelsforstrickland.com, which redirected users to a video about alleged job losses in Ohio under Strickland's governship.

Charles Koch has given the super PAC $3 million this election cycle alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In July, hedge fund manager Paul Singer gave $1 million to the group.

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