The Koch Brothers Are Going to Try To Buy Congress By Spending $125 Million

The Koch brothers are going to try to buy Congress this year by outspending both the Republican and the Democratic parties combined.

Via Politico:

The Koch brothers’ main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group.

The projected budget for Americans for Prosperity would be unprecedented for a private political group in a midterm, and would likely rival even the spending of the Republican and Democratic parties’ congressional campaign arms.

The group has already spent more than $35 million on ads attacking vulnerable Democrats in key Senate and House races, according to sources, including Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The $125 million projection comes from a memo obtained by POLITICO labeled as a “Confidential Investor Update” provided to major donors in March, but a source familiar with AFP called the figure a “very conservative estimate. We’re on track for more than that.”

This is the problem that Supreme Court’s dismantling of campaign contribution has unleashed. The Koch brothers are now free to spend an unlimited amount of funds to try to buy the government. It is easy to see whom Republican candidates are going to be loyal to, when the Kochs are outspending the Republican Party.

The reason why the Republican controlled House is so dysfunctional is because there is no party loyalty. When talking heads talk about the “tea party” dividing the House, what they really mean is Koch owned candidates who no have no loyalty to anyone, but the Koch brothers are pursuing their own agenda.

The good news is that the Kochs have been spending money like mad since Citizens United, and their success has been limited to local/state level races and House seats. The Kochs can buy ads, but they can’t buy votes.

The power is still with the voters, and Democrats now have 125 million reasons to come out and vote this November.

9 Replies to “The Koch Brothers Are Going to Try To Buy Congress By Spending $125 Million”

  1. I’m not sure I understand the heading “Trying to buy Congress.” It has already been bought. Along with the Supreme Court. Keep up, people.

  2. What the Koch Bros. and the republican party have done to The U.S., is worse than what the terrorist have done.

  3. I agree thy own the repugs,Congress, and even some weak kneed Dems.

    The major question is what are We the People going to do about it? This is not just amusing politics anymore, the Koch along with Alex are in the drivers seat a have cruse control set at MAX.

    Do not kid yourselves the John Birch Society has never gone away they just went under radar.

  4. The Koch Bros. have taken a page out of the Josef Stalin playbook on how to get rid of your enemies.

    They want to turn America into a Fascist state.

  5. $125 Million, hm?

    Why couldn’t these jerks spend that money on something more useful then turning this country into their personal bitch?

  6. The Koch Brothers want government so small, they can just buy it up. Sadly the Supreme Court is making their evil dream a possibility. We’ve got to vote like our lives depend on it, because it really does.

  7. That is the $125 Million they are spending through one PAC…. They give money to hundreds of sham think tanks and funnel to to many more…
    $125 Million is a drop in the bucket of what they are really spending.
    In Arizona all kinds of odd named groups are showing up running hit piece ads and running them 24-7 non-stop… someone is funding all that too and if you follow the money the trail will lead to two Koch-Roaches.

  8. Sadly the facts are that the SCOTUS has sold our nation down the road that leads to fascism and authoritarianism. But this fascism will be based on theocratic principles that are the same as Saudi Arabia. What is amazing is the ways in which the Koch’s have hidden their propaganda machine and the agenda that they espouse behind a boat load of money. What is the result of the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, is it has become open season on legislators and the legislative process. None are free from the corruptive power of loads of money. So what we need to do is to free the legislative process is remove the corrupting influence of money from the electoral process.

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