From The National Memo:
On Thursday, the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge launched realkochfacts.com, a digital project that delves into the Koch brothers, their policy agenda, business impact, and political spending, including a state-by-state analysis of how the big-spending conservatives have affected local legislation.http://www.nationalmemo.com/...
The website’s release comes on the same day that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to take to the Senate floor in support of a constitutional amendment that will reinstate limitations on campaign spending, contributions, and independent group spending. These limits were recently eliminated by McCutcheon v. FEC, which further loosened campaign spending regulations that were previously weakened by the Citizens United decision in 1988. J. Gerald Hebert, executive director of the Legal Center, said that the decision “exponentially increased the already significant political influence of the very richest while further undermining the influence of the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
With realkochfacts.com, American Bridge hopes to draw attention to a specific subset of the very richest: Charles and David Koch. According to the website, in conjunction with Americans For Prosperity, the Koch brothers spent more than $122 million during the 2012 election. Politico also reports that this year, the Koch brothers aim to spend more than $125 million “on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives.” And according to a Politico source close to AFP, the $125 million number is a “very conservative estimate.”
At the realkochfacts.com site, click on Business Impact, and you get this:
The Koch Brothers and their political groups have been instrumental in the crusade to undermine the science of climate change and obstruct clean energy legislation.Click on Political Spending, and you get this:
Why have they taken on this dirty campaign? Koch Industries, the oil conglomerate and driving force behind the brothers’ $100 billion fortune, is one of the United States’ worst polluters.
According to the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Koch Industries ranked in the top 30 polluters nationwide on each of these three metrics: air, water, and greenhouse gases...
The Koch brothers and their main political organization Americans for Prosperity spent more than $122 million in their attempt to influence the outcome of the 2012 election. Now, new reports show that the Kochs are planning to spend more than $125 million through AFP to try to buy this year’s midterm elections.This is somewhat reminiscent of keatingeconomics.com - the website launched by the Obama campaign in 2008 that showed how deeply involved McCain was in the Keating Five scandal.
This shocking amount of spending is unprecedented for a secretive outside group controlled by two extreme conservative billionaires in a midterm cycle and is expected to rival even that of the national party committees. With this much money poisoning the electoral well, voters need to know what’s at stake
Indeed, the Koch brothers’ plan to buy the election is well underway, with AFP having already spent $35 million on ads attacking Democrats in contested Senate races this cycle...
Please share the site with your friends, family and co-workers. It should make the Kochtopus brothers squirm.