Americans for Prosperity builds political machine

In this Aug. 12, 2014 photo, Andres Malave walks the street of a west Miami neighborhood. He started the day huddled with about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant here, offering them a last-minute pep talk before they went out to meet with voters. It’s a strategy playing out in New England diners, Midwest truck stops and West Coast cafes: coordinators for Americans for Prosperity conservative organizers train and dispatch send out hundreds or thousands of volunteers armed with an iPad and an interest in helping fellow activists shift America’s politics in their direction. These volunteers ground troops make up the backbone of Americans for Prosperity, the flagship organization of the political network overseen by industrialist billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)MIAMI (AP) — Over scrambled eggs and croquettes, Andres Malave gave a last-minute pep talk to about a dozen volunteers in a Cuban restaurant before they left to meet voters.

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