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Forum Post: I hope everyone already knows the walker - koch connection

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 20, 2012, 7:48 p.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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Bil­lion­aire cam­paign donor David Koch, heir to a for­tune and a po­lit­i­cal legacy cre­ated by one of the dri­ving forces be­hind the John Birch So­ci­ety, makes no se­cret of his en­thu­si­asm for Wis­con­sin Gov­er­nor Scott Walker.

“What Scott Walker is doing with the pub­lic unions in Wis­con­sin is crit­i­cally im­por­tant. He’s an im­pres­sive guy and he’s very coura­geous,” Koch ex­plained in a re­cent con­ver­sa­tion re­ported by the Palm Beach Post. “If the unions win the re­call, there will be no stop­ping union power.”

That’s no sur­prise. What is sur­pris­ing is that Koch is now ap­pears to be brag­ging about how he and his brother Charles are using their vast for­tune to fund an in­de­pen­dent cam­paign aimed at “help­ing” Walker. Even in an era when bil­lion­aires such as the Kochs are emerg­ing as key fi­nanciers of Super PACS and other cam­paign­ing ve­hi­cles Koch’s ad­mis­sion will raise eye­brows—and ques­tions about whether in­ap­pro­pri­ate co­or­di­na­tion of by a can­di­date, his cam­paign and a sup­pos­edly in­de­pen­dent group might be the stuff of “scan­dal.”

Like their fa­ther be­fore them, David Koch and his brother Charles are long­time cham­pi­ons of ex­treme right-wing causes. And Walker’s mil­i­tant anti-la­bor poli­cies cou­pled with a will­ing­ness to cut fund­ing for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic ser­vices have made him a hero of con­ser­v­a­tive hard­lin­ers like the Kochs. At the same time, Walker’s ex­trem­ism has in­spired a move­ment to re­call him from of­fice, which re­cently filed pe­ti­tions with more than 1 mil­lion sig­na­tures call­ing for an elec­tion to re­move the gov­er­nor.

The gov­er­nor has al­ready spent a for­tune try­ing to block the re­call drive, with mil­lions of dol­lars in tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tis­ing, as well as ex­pen­sive legal ef­forts to block a new vote. Both have been strik­ingly un­suc­cess­ful so far; at least in part be­cause Wis­con­sin has steadily lost jobs since Walker’s bud­get was en­acted—a dis­mal record that has caused a loss of con­fi­dence in the gov­er­nor and his agenda.

Even as Walker strug­gles to ex­plain why Wis­con­sin is shed­ding jobs while the rest of the coun­try is gain­ing them, con­ser­v­a­tive groups funded by Charles and David Koch, such as Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity, are fill­ing the state’s tele­vi­sion air­waves with ads that claim Walker’s poli­cies are “work­ing.” Ac­cord­ing to Reuters, “a $700,000 ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign spon­sored by Amer­i­cans for Pros­per­ity (AFP), a foun­da­tion funded by con­ser­v­a­tive bil­lion­aire broth­ers Charles and David Koch of oil and gas con­glom­er­ate Koch In­dus­tries, hit the Wis­con­sin air­waves, the lat­est phase of its ‘Stand with Walker’ cam­paign.”

These ads are sup­pos­edly in­de­pen­dent ex­pen­di­tures by a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that op­er­ates under tax rules es­tab­lished to ben­e­fit the work of “Re­li­gious, Ed­u­ca­tional, Char­i­ta­ble, Sci­en­tific, Lit­er­ary, Test­ing for Pub­lic Safety, to Fos­ter Na­tional or In­ter­na­tional Am­a­teur Sports Com­pe­ti­tion, or Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Chil­dren or An­i­mals Or­ga­ni­za­tions.” - from Nation of Change

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[-] 3 points by HitGirl (2263) 2 years ago

Yeah, the Kochs would like to install their Kochbot puppet governors in every state of the union. Then they could privatize all your schools and fill them with Kochbot teachers that warp your kids into thinking polluted waters are no big deal and that global warming is just a natural weather trend. People like Eric Cantor will begin to make sense to your kids. We have to stop this nightmare. Recall Walker! The vote can't come soon enough.

[-] 3 points by kjack (48) 2 years ago

This article only scratches the surface. I highly recommend this video for more info.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/10/2011102683719370179.html

[-] 2 points by shooz (26739) 2 years ago

The Kochs are one of the prime donors to ALEC, and so are quite active in all the States that ALEC is active in.

Where's Rummy when you need him? These are not nice people, and they should be prosecuted, and incarcerated.

[-] 2 points by alexrai (851) 2 years ago

I don't know how either of those two sleep at night... but I guess sleeping on a mattress filled with dollar bills can be comfortable for some... :p

[-] 1 points by kjack (48) 2 years ago

I imagine its a firmer mattress of $10,000 bricks.

[-] 1 points by kjack (48) 2 years ago

That $700k seems small and I fully expect them to scale up on that later. One of the troubling things about having so much money in the race is that if they wanted to, AFP could purchase every second of TV commercial air time on every network not just to get their message across, but to deny the other side the opportunity.

[-] 1 points by chell (15) from Vienna, Wien 2 years ago

One more really nifty thing about the Koch brothers is their 'Libertarian' connections. So many people believe that libertarianism, and Friedrich Hayek's Austrian economics are the next big thing. Here in Austria we do not even do this so-called "Austrian" economics..that is how little we think of it! Years ago, Mr. Hayek and the Koch brothers were quite chummy. The brothers helped Hayek to find a way to get social security from America, but he refused to immigrate because he did not want to lose his nationalized healthcare here in Austria. (contrary to many people's beliefs, nationalized healthcare is pretty awesome, and a great way to use tax dollars..much better than bullets imo.) Here's a link from The Nation: http://www.thenation.com/article/163672/charles-koch-friedrich-hayek-use-social-security

[-] 1 points by ronniepaul2012 (214) 2 years ago

What percentage of your income goes to taxes? Everyone around here wants European Heathcare, but they don't seem to realize it's not 'free', all workers contribute to it, right? Half the workers in the US pay no taxes today. They need to be careful what they wish for!

As for your 'bullets' comment, yeah, all you Europeans have been getting a free ride from the US since the turn of the last century.

Wiedersehn

[-] -3 points by newman (-58) 2 years ago

What Gov Walker is doing to the public unions is what each State should be doing "get rid of them" they are bankrupting States

[-] -2 points by B76RT (-357) 2 years ago

the unions hate wlaker because he's a threat to union leaders power and money.