Generation Opportunity claims to represent younger Americans.
60 Plus Association, which supports privatizing Social Security and ending traditional Medicare, claims to represent the elderly.
Both groups have two things in common: They are funded by nonprofits linked to billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch, and they oppose President Barack Obama’s health-care law, which would extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.
Internal Revenue Service documents show that Arlington, Virginia-based Generation Opportunity, which is running ads trying to dissuade young people from buying health insurance, received $5 million from Freedom Partners, an Arlington, Virginia-based trade association whose board includes two Koch Industries Inc. executives. Freedom Partners gave $15.7 million to 60 Plus, whose chairman, former Republican congressional staff member Jim Martin, endorsed efforts by House Republicans to cut off funding for the law as the price for passing a temporary spending bill and avoiding a shutdown of the federal government.
Freedom Partners also gave $73 million to the Phoenix-based Center to Protect Patients Rights. That nonprofit, led by Republican political consultant Sean Noble, who also has ties to the Kochs, contributed $2.4 million to 60 Plus.
On its Web-site, Freedom Partners calls the health-care law “the single greatest threat to the American economy and individual freedom in our time.”