The May 1 defeat of a Nashville ballot initiative to fund transit expansion sheds light on a national crusade to fight against public transit orchestrated by a familiar anti-transit foe – Americans for Prosperity. Backed by the Koch brothers, the group parachuted a team of conservative political hacks armed with voter data into Nashville to knock on doors targeting voters most likely to oppose the plan. The strategy has been used successfully in Little Rock, Phoenix and central Utah. The reason behind their opposition to transit spending is because the Koch brothers benefit more from highways and vehicles. Koch Industries is a major producer of gasoline and asphalt, and also makes seat belts, tires and other automotive parts.