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Conservative group ups anti-Kander mailings as outside spending mushrooms in race

The Missouri chapter of Americans for Prosperity is upping its efforts to defeat Jason Kander in the Missouri Senate race.

Americans for Prosperity, an organization with deep ties to billionaires Charles and David Koch, has already invested more than $1 million to defeat Kander. In addition to phone calls, AFP-MO says it’s sending out four million mail pieces attacking Kander for supporting the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

“The Obama Administration recently confirmed what we’ve known all along, premiums will continue to skyrocket as we’re left scrambling to pay the extra costs,” AFP-MO director Jeremy Cady said in a news release.

Premiums for Missourians who buy health insurance on the federal exchange are expected to increase an average of 18 percent next year. For many on the exchange, federal subsidies will cover part or all of the cost of the increased premiums.

Missourians who get their insurance through work are not directly affected by the increases.

Total outside spending in the Missouri Senate race is now close to $38 million, Federal Election Commission figures show, and it continues to grow exponentially. Outside spending could hit $50 million by election day.