LAS VEGAS (AP) — A PAC is launching a $1.2 million ad blitz criticizing Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto for her role in ride-hailing service Uber’s temporary shutdown in Nevada.
The three-week campaign starts Wednesday and is funded by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a conservative PAC affiliated with the billionaire Koch Brothers.
The commercials say the Nevada Attorney General’s Office fought Uber in court when it launched in Nevada in 2014. Cortez Masto was attorney general at the time.
Uber eventually stopped operations at a judge’s order, and restarted after lawmakers authorized a regulatory structure for ride-hailing.
The ads characterize Cortez Masto’s move as a favor to taxi companies that donated to her campaign.
Cortez Masto’s campaign says Uber was operating without a license, and she was enforcing laws to protect passenger safety.
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