Freedom Partners Action Fund plans to launch a $1 million ad campaign targeting Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan over allegations that her family benefited from the 2009 stimulus program.
The group, funded by the conservative Koch brothers, announced the ad campaign Thursday.
The ad is the first broadcast response to a story first reported last month by Politico.
Politico cited public records in reporting that JDC Manufacturing, a company co-owned by Hagan's husband, Chip, got nearly $390,000 in grants and tax credits under the stimulus law, which Kay Hagan voted for.
Hagan's campaign said at the time that Hagan was not involved with the business and consulted an ethics attorney, who advised that there was no conflict of interest.
But the Freedom Partners' ad says, "The Hagans got richer and we paid the price."
Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner says the family did not profit from the transaction.
"Speaker Tillis and his allies are desperate to say or do anything that will keep the focus off of his failed record in the General Assembly," Weiner said Thursday. "So now they are resorting to false attacks on Kay's family. Kay's only involvement was to seek the opinion of an ethics attorney who found it would be appropriate for her husband's company to receive these grants just like hundreds of other North Carolina companies did."
Caitlin Legacki, a spokeswoman for JDC, said the federal money was monitored by inspectors and auditors. "