The tentacles and strings of Charles and David Koch are long and extend all over the US political landscape. The Koch brothers live in Wichita, KS. The New York Times reported that a nonprofit group with ties to the Koch brothers provided grants of $236 million to conservative organizations before the 2012 election, according to tax returns the group is expected to file Monday. The group is called Freedom Partners.
According to The New York Times; the brothers seek a tighter rein over the advocacy groups and political organizations that their donor network finances and expand their involvement in Republican political causes. The group disperses money, much of it for advertising and message strategies. Freedom Partners raised $256 million between November 2011 and last year’s election, according to the returns, details of which were reported on Thursday by Politico.
That money puts it near the top of advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The New York Times; “The arrangement gives the donors an extra layer of anonymity and blurs the original source of money that fuels controversial campaigns.”
Once again we see how the Koch Brothers are helping far right groups buy our democracy, and use not only their large amounts of money, but sneaky underhanded ways they can funnel money to advocacy groups while keeping their sources of funds secret. They also have found ways of skirting the rules of campaign financing.
These brothers are robber barons of the Midwest who see themselves as modern day aristocrats who have the right to rule our country as if they were divine god-heads. Some news media outlets, such as The Wichita Eagle, have given them the lavish praise and coverage they seek out. The more we learn about the Koch brothers and their enablers, the more we can expose their underhanded and unfair abuse of the bourgeoisie election system in the US.
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