Thursday, April 24, 2014

How Low Can a Koch Limbo — Pretty Darn Low It Seems

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Koch Billions All Lined Up

Original post follows this quick update from this short segment from the NOW show on MSNBC. It is an excellent panel discussion.

Keep in mind, too that it's not just about the massive amounts of Koch brothers, which is bad enough, as they get ready to buy 2014 elections and gear up for 2016. Recall the amount they spent in 2012: about $407 million. 

Also, it’s not just the direct big donations to parties and committees, either – that which has been unleashed by that awful latest 5-4 USSC decision (that piece is next), it’s also about the massive amounts they are now already spending on Ads depicted by the one in the clip. Just a pack of lies. 

What makes that part worse, is that USSC will soon rule on whether political Ad lies are constitutional or not. That is really amazing. Now we are about to see whether or not the high court will declare a lie just a “matter of free speech” even in political Ads to somehow be justified? What lesson is that for our kids? That topic I am sure will be for a later posting. Stop back by. 

Original post starts here: 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?

More here with this basic 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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