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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kochs Seek To Purchase Your Vote

Inside the Koch-backed political donor network
A political funding network as intricate as any  labyrinthian design (larger view)

Support for political campaigns is as common as breathing. After the SCOTUS gave the nation unfettered secretive campaign sponsorship via Citizens United political spending has exponentially increased. The proliferation of tax-exempt organizations funneling money into our elections is both unprecedented and obscene.

Political contributions are funneled to the Left and to Right. In fact, the Center for Responsive Politics reported President Obama out-raised Mitt Romney rather handily in the run-up to the 2012 general elections. Obama was the donations winner based on contributions from (us) "small" donors. As anticipated Romney walked away with the lion's share of PAC contributions.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics)

Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)


Source of Funds

Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$715,150,163
legendPAC contributions$0
legendCandidate self-financing$5,000
legendFederal Funds$0

Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$443,363,010
legendPAC contributions$1,076,496
legendCandidate self-financing$52,500
legendFederal Funds$0

When the discussion moves to political contributions, it is impossible to avoid discussion of the Right-wing "bankers": Charles and David Koch with billionaire 'edge-shaping' via Sheldon Adelson and others of the Uber wealthy who would be kings. 

Pundits on the Right will frequently counter any mention of the Kochs with George Soros and organized labor as Left-wing political bankers.  

Let's focus for a bit on the number one contributors to all things conservative: the Kochs.
The Republic Report Dot Org
So much for right-wing punditry and comparison against unions.

On March 7th Al Sharpton, MSNBC Politics Nation, broadcast a segment about the illusive and secretive Koch brothers.

Robert Greenwald has created a revealing documentary about Kochs. A docu/video series for those who have little to no knowledge of two men who obviously want to reshape the nation to their beliefs systems and construct laws to facilitate their vast industrial empire. Long story short, the Kochs are plutocrats. Plutocrats who will turn your world and my world into that of pawn pieces on a chess set.

The Kochs would become the kings of the fief and will directly work to shape our world as such. Kings must have subservient pawns across their fiefdoms; that means you and me.
The brothers advocate libertarian principles of smaller government, free-markets, deregulation, and reduction of social services. They actively fund and support organizations that contribute significantly to Republican candidates, and that lobby against universal health care and climate change legislation. They have donated more than $196 million to dozens of free-market and advocacy organizations. In 2008, the three main Koch family foundations contributed to 34 political and policy organizations, three of which they founded, and several of which they direct.
When the uber wealthy seek to buy elections and throw copious amounts of money at reshaping our society, only they win in the long run.

Koch Brothers exposed: one minute video, here.

Why do the Kochs want to end public schools?Here.
Robert Greenwald's Koch Brothers Exposed Full Version

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