Tim Phillips: Americans For Prosperity

Tim Phillips leads Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded in 2004, which is one of the country’s most influential American conservative organizations. This libertarian/conservative political advocacy group is funded by David H. Koch and Charles Koch and has over 3,200,000 members in 36 states.

After the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, AFP helped transform the Tea Party movement into a political force. It organized significant opposition to Obama administration initiatives such as global warming regulation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid and economic stimulus. It helped turn back cap and trade, the major environmental proposal of Obama’s first term. AFP advocated for limits on the collective bargaining rights of public-sector trade unions and for right-to-work laws, and it opposed raising the federal minimum wage. AFP played an active role in the achievement of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 and in the Senate in 2014. In the 2014 mid-term election cycle, AFP led all groups, other than political action committees (PACs), in spending on political television advertising.

Today Tim and AFP are focused on national senate races in battleground states, congressional races, and on some of the most important issues of our time from health care, social security, spending, Right to Work, Tax Reform, and more. americansforprosperity.org/

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  1. Melissa Praemonitus Member

    @davesussman, I am so pleased you were able to do the fancy footwork so everything could come together for this interview.

    Backstory: Most Whiskey Politics interviews are conducted either via Skype, or on location at the Malibu studio*, but due to a remodeling project, Dave needed to get creative with his last two in-person interviews. Thanks to our friend David Spady and the good folks at KRLA he was able to explore the opinions and character to CA gubernatorial candidate John Cox for 40 minutes in studio, and this week, Dave found a beautiful location in Pacific Palisades to discuss the remarkable story of Tim Phillips and Americans for Prosperity. Unfortunately, there were buzzing flies, (yuck), but both gentlemen soldiered through without waving their hands in the air, for the edification of all.

    Back-back story: In the early days of the tea party, I found a place as a digital documentarian, and the day I first met Tim was (I’m pretty sure) the last time Andrew Breitbart ever spoke publicly, in late 2012. Americans for Prosperity had arranged for Andrew, Michelle Malkin and Ann McElhinney, later of Gosnell fame, along with others, to do speaking events all across Michigan. I was hired to shoot video. At that point, Tim’s AFP had turned innumerable fledgling activists into well-informed soldiers for freedom, and he later launched many focused efforts that were to lead to a rebirth of liberty and the delicious defeat of Hillary Clinton. 

    As always, Dave asks probing questions, then allows for fully-fleshed explanations, making his informative interviews the best. Even when getting attacked by flies.

    *Actually the Malibu home of Emmy Award winning investigative journalist, and good friend, Linda Breakstone.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 4:12 PM PDT
  2. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    An excellent episode, Dave.

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    • November 3, 2018, at 5:08 PM PDT
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