Saturday, April 19, 2014

Choice: Koch 1st National, or Last Chance Democracy


         Have a Great Campaign
                  (Not Quid Pro Quo, Wink/Wink)            

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Reminder as we follow the most-recent 5-4 USSC ruling (McCutcheon v. FEC). This headlines: "Koch-backed political coalition, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012."

So, if money is speech and and there basically is no limit, per se, then how come all this secrecy about who is giving the tons of money. Are they afraid to let the public know about their speech. Silence is not golden this such cases, is it?

Original post begins here withe the basic story story — the highlights:

BEFORE McCutheon ruling (RED: kinda stopped the big money). AFTER (GREEN: Road to Hell):


Then add these key points, posted here for Chief Justice Roberts' eyes only and another look. Detailed five ways Koch Industries benefits from policies it lobbied for: So, question for the Chief Justice: If that still is not quid pro quo, then, sir, what is quip pro quo?

  1. Billions of dollars in oil subsidies.
  2. At least $85 million in federal government contracts.
  3. Asked for bailouts.
  4. On behalf of the Keystone XL pipeline, they stand to benefit from (more) taxpayer subsidies.
  5. Koch Industries contributed millions of dollars to advance anti-environment legislation, and they have been accused of outright bribery. 
Well, shucks, damn. Shut ma' mouth. Cut off my legs and call me Shorty, or any other cliché.

Who would have ever thought that big money from the Koch's would never seek a congressional favor, directly or otherwise? Just good access, right, Mr. Chief Justice?

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