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Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity ramps up effort to boost Trump’s judicial nominees

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, plans to launch a six-figure campaign in 2018 to support President Trump’s judicial nominations in as part of its new plan to ramp up judicial engagement.

The group will be laying the groundwork for the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court and plans to engage on nominations to federal district and appeals courts. Americans for Prosperity also announced it has hired Sarah Field, the former deputy director for state courts at the Federalist Society, to lead its new judicial engagement efforts as its vice president of judicial strategy.

As part of their grassroots efforts, the organization will educate activists in 36 states in preparation for a vacancy on the high court. It will also mobilize its activists to reach out to lawmakers on Capitol Hill to push for the confirmations of lower court nominees, and for confirmation hearings to be held, a spokeswoman for Americans for Prosperity told the Washington Examiner. The group plans to launch digital ads and hold tele-town hall meetings with senators, as well as different events, in support of nominees to the federal bench, the spokeswoman said.