Koch Groups Again Use Post-Aurora Shooting Photo In Attack Ads

UPDATE: 5:34 p.m. ET: The AFP tweet using the post-Aurora image has been deleted, and Freedom Partners Action Fund told BuzzFeed that the image would be removed from its ad.

The Koch brothers behemoth Americans for Prosperity got in some trouble earlier this year when it used a photo of Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and President Barack Obama standing side by side after the Aurora shooting in an attack ad against Udall. But BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that another Koch-backed group is up on the air with another attack ad that uses part of the same image.

Freedom Action Partners Fund, another entity in the Koch empire, is using Obama’s likeness in the post-Aurora photo in a new TV ad against Udall, according to BuzzFeed.

The cropped image of Obama is shown at the 16-second mark.

Americans for Prosperity’s Colorado chapter also used the full image in a Monday tweet attacking Udall, which has since been deleted, but BuzzFeed captured in a screen shot.

Americans for Prosperity pulled the Aurora image from the ad back in April. Freedom Action Partners Fund and American for Prosperity Colorado did not return TPM’s request for comment Tuesday.

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