Koch Brothers-Tied Ad Mentions Hillary Clinton for First Time

The Koch brothers have pledged to stay out of the presidential race.

“Seeing Ted Strickland stand with Hillary Clinton after what she said really hurts us here in the coal industry,” says Josh W. from Cadiz, Ohio, featured in the ad.

The ad also plays part of a controversial Clinton comment from a town hall in March. “We’re gonna put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” she said.

A spokesman for the group explained why it's linking Strickland to Clinton in a press release. “As we have said before, we are not engaging in the presidential [race],” said James Davis in a statement. “However, showing how Ted Strickland has been a rubber stamp for Hillary Clinton’s job killing agenda is the most relevant and impactful message in this state.”

The group is also releasing a second ad in Ohio and a third ad in Nevada, totaling a $2.2 million buy.