Koch group flexes conservative muscle in state fights

WASHINGTON — Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam spent nearly two years crafting a deal to give his state $2.8 billion in federal money to provide health insurance for some 280,000 low-income residents, according to a story posted on USA Today’s website.

It took just three days, however, for a committee of the GOP-controlled state Senate to kill the plan — urged on by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group aligned with billionaires Charles and David Koch that dispatched hundreds of activists to the statehouse and sent out mailers targeting Republicans who voiced interest in the plan.

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