CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The national conservative group Americans for Prosperity hosted a meeting in Charleston Tuesday morning to announce that the group is opening a chapter in West Virginia.
Wendy McCuskey, the group's state director, said AFP focuses its efforts on free market principles, less government and lower taxes.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., was the main target of speakers during Tuesday's breakfast gathering, which was attended by more than 40 people. The new chapter also held a meeting Monday evening in Beckley, where Rahall lives.
McCuskey said Rahall, first elected in 1976, "should warn his colleagues to be on watch: recklessly expanding government spending and regulation will no longer be ignored."
The group also released a new television ad, for which it already has paid $240,000 to be broadcast throughout Southern West Virginia.
The ad attacks Rahall for supporting the Affordable Care Act. It ends by urging viewers to: "Call Rahall. Tell him the truth. Obamacare is not working."
AFP, which now has chapters in 35 states, is based in Arlington, Va. The group was founded with financial support from billionaires David H. Koch and Charles Koch, who own Koch Industries.
When AFP was founded in 2004, it opened its first state chapters in Kansas, North Carolina and Texas.
AFP is not required to disclose the names of its donors. As a federal 501(c)(4) group, it cannot openly endorse any political candidates. However, AFP can advertise and promote its political beliefs and openly criticize political figures.