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Rep. Jeff Fortenberry is one of 10 Republican members of Congress who will be targeted by a media ad campaign funded by Americans for Prosperity and the conservative Koch brothers because of his vote to approve a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill earlier this year.

The spending measure "showed a compete disregard for fiscal responsibility," AFP spokesman Bill Riggs said in a news report in The Hill.

"Both parties are responsible for putting the country on an unsustainable fiscal path," he said, "which is why AFP is committed to holding both parties accountable."

In addition to the 10 Republicans, the ads will target seven Democratic members of Congress. 

"As President John F. Kennedy once said: 'To govern is to choose,'" Fortenberry said in a statement responding to the ad campaign.

"I have frontline responsibilities in Congress to make difficult and complex choices in imperfect situations," the Lincoln congressman said.

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"I do not apologize for avoiding government shutdowns, keeping our country safe and providing for our veterans," Fortenberry said.

Billionaire Kansas conservatives Charles and David Koch are chief contributors to AFP.

The campaign will be launched with radio, print, digital and direct mail ads that appear in the legislators' districts when they are home for the Memorial Day weekend.

Fortenberry's 1st District includes Lincoln, Bellevue, Fremont, Columbus and Norfolk.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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