A Serious Look At Trump’s Koch Problem

September 28, 2016

It’s confirmed: Donald Trump has a serious Koch problem. Given his belief that global climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, it’s unsurprising that Trump has appointed vocal climate skeptics to key roles in his transition team. It’s even less surprising that these appointees have deep ties to the Koch Brothers’ political machine.

Trump’s transition team appointed former Koch lobbyist Mike McKenna to lead teams related to the Department of Energy. McKenna has longstanding ties to the American Energy Alliance and the Institute for Energy Research. These groups have received nearly $5 million and over $1 million respectively from Koch-backed groups. Even before McKenna officially joined Team Trump, the influence of the American Energy Alliance and the Institute for Energy Research on the campaign was apparent: Trump has taken to citing sham studies from the Institute for Energy Research on the stump.

Trump has appointed […]

Koch VA Privatization Group Spends Big For Their Nevada Puppet

September 28, 2016

The Koch brothers just launched a six-figure digital ad buy in part on behalf of their favorite Nevada puppet, Rep. Joe Heck. An overwhelming majority of veterans are opposed to having their healthcare system privatized but that hasn’t stopped the Koch brothers and their sham front group Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) from trying to cut and privatize the VA.

Heck is getting Koch money because the brothers know that he’ll champion their anti-seniors and working families, pro-Big Oil agenda in the Senate.

Two weeks ago, the Kochs announced that Concerned Veterans for America, Generation Opportunity, and LIBRE Initiative, will each be consolidated under the Kochs’ flagship Americans for Prosperity group. That tells you all you need to know about the Kochs’ latest CVA intervention for Heck.

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on the Kochs’ latest intervention for their favorite Nevadan puppet:

“This isn’t about veterans issues; the […]

Koch VA Privatization Group Spends Big For Their Florida Puppet

September 28, 2016

The Koch brothers just launched a six-figure digital ad buy in part on behalf of their favorite Florida puppet, Senator Marco Rubio. An overwhelming majority of veterans are opposed to having their healthcare system privatized but that hasn’t stopped the Koch brothers and their sham front group Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) from trying to cut and privatize the VA.

Rubio is getting Koch money because the brothers know that he’ll champion their anti-seniors and working families, pro-Big Oil agenda in the Senate.

Two weeks ago, the Kochs announced that Concerned Veterans for America, Generation Opportunity, and LIBRE Initiative, will each be consolidated under the Kochs’ flagship Americans for Prosperity group. That tells you all you need to know about the Kochs’ latest CVA intervention for Rubio. 

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on the Kochs’ latest intervention for their favorite Floridian puppet:

“This isn’t about veterans issues; the […]

Koch VA Privatization Group Spends Big For Their Pennsylvania Puppet

September 28, 2016

The Koch brothers just launched a six-figure digital ad buy in part on behalf of their favorite Pennsylvania puppet, Senator Pat Toomey. An overwhelming majority of veterans are opposed to having their healthcare system privatized but that hasn’t stopped the Koch brothers and their sham front group Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) from trying to cut and privatize the VA.

Toomey is getting Koch money because the brothers know that he’ll champion their anti-seniors and working families, pro-Big Oil agenda in the Senate.

Two weeks ago, the Kochs announced that Concerned Veterans for America, Generation Opportunity, and LIBRE Initiative, will each be consolidated under the Kochs’ flagship Americans for Prosperity group. That tells you all you need to know about the Kochs’ latest CVA intervention for Toomey.

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on the Kochs’ latest intervention for their favorite Pennsylvanian puppet:

“This isn’t about veterans issues; the Kochs […]

Kochs Admit Front Groups Are Politically-Purposed Shams

September 19, 2016

Last week, the Kochs effectively admitted what we’ve argued for years: their supposedly non-partisan “constituency groups” are in reality fronts for promoting the brothers’ selfish agenda and buying off their puppet politicians.
By announcing the consolidation of the groups under the Americans for Prosperity banner, the Kochs are conceding that the LIBRE Initiative, Concerned Veterans for America, and Generation Opportunity, have always been partisan shams, despite the organizations’ persistent claims to the contrary.

The reshuffling won’t take place until after the election. In the meantime, the Kochs are using their “non-partisan” groups to funnel millions to their favorite puppets — most recently, in Floridaon behalf of Marco Rubio. But it isn’t just Florida; Americans for Prosperity and Koch front groups are ramping up their ground game investments to boost Donald Trump and down-ballot Republicans across the country, from Pennsylvania to Nevada.

American Bridge 21st Century Vice President Eddie Value issued […]

Kochs Ground Game Push Shows They Aren’t Slowing Their 2016 Spending

September 16, 2016

The Koch brothers aren’t slowing down thier efforts to get out the Republican vote — even if that means helping elect Donald Trump. Earlier this week, the Koch political machine tried to make it seem like they are slowing down their election spending, a laughable claim.

The truth is that the Kochs haven’t stopped spending because of Trump at all — they’re even making up for his campaign’s deficits. In August, the Kochs had already poured millions into protectingvulnerable GOP senators and candidates in Florida, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to name a few. Now, they’re ramping up their ground game, “spending $250 million” this year and focusing on “get-out-the-vote efforts targeting 5 million” voters.

The Kochs can claim that they don’t like Trump, but as long as they’re spending millions to elect Republicans and making up for his disastrous ground-game, they are key players in the Party of Trump. […]

LIBRE’s Support Of Trump-Loving Joe Heck Bad For Hispanics, Nevada

September 13, 2016

The executive director for the Koch brothers’ front group for Hispanic outreach, the LIBRE Initiative, reiterated the group’s support for Joe Heck this morning on NPR’s Morning Edition. In explaining his group’s opposition to Catherine Cortez Masto, who would be the first Hispanic woman to serve in the Senate, Garza praised Heck for his views on immigration reform. LIBRE, a group that claims to advocate for Hispanics, is supporting a man who believes the United States should end birthright citizenship. Conveniently, Garza also ignored Heck’s full embrace of Donald Trump–a man who wants to form a “deportation force” to expel 11 million people without papers.

LIBRE has a long history of attempting to broaden the GOP’s appeal to Hispanic voters while advocating for policies and politicians that harm those same voters.

Garza himself testified against DAPA, which protects millions from being deported. Garza decried DAPA as “executive […]

Kochs, Crusaders Against “Corporate Welfare,” Cash-In On Tax Breaks In Louisiana

September 13, 2016

In their crusade against “corporate welfare,” the refrain that “government shouldn’t pick winners and losers” commonly emanates from David and Charles Kochs’ political organizations. But this apparent opposition to government involvement disperses when the Kochs stand to gain.

Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, has been exempted from local property taxes for their Consumer Operations Center in East Baton Rouge parish for the past five years. During that time, the exemption netted the Kochs $1.9 million in savings–a hefty chunk of “corporate welfare.”

The property tax breaks may have seemed like a reasonable trade-off given the Kochs’ promise to create jobs at the center. But instead of creating jobs, the Kochs laid off 74 workers. Not such a bargain for the taxpayers. Luckily for the taxpayers of Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order tying allocation of Industrial Tax Exemption Program dollars to job creation, […]

Koch-Linked Coalition Openly Advocates Mens Rea Changes That Help Kochs

September 9, 2016

This week, a coalition of 8 groups — 6, with Koch ties: Americans for Tax Reform, Faith & Freedom Coalition, FreedomWorks, Generation Opportunity, Justice Fellowship, and R Street Institute — sent a joint letter to Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republican leadership, voicing support for the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713), the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act (H.R. 759), and the Criminal Code Improvement Act (H.R. 4002), a trio of criminal justice bills (each of which will be scored by FreedomWorks and the Faith and Freedom Coalition) that — surprise! — stand to benefit Charles and David Koch personally.

Beyond the PR sham component of their criminal justice reform campaign, the Koch brothers have a great deal else to gain in terms of legal changes that would bend the rules in their favor. Take mens rea “reform,” for example. The Kochs want mens rea, an intent requirement, to be applied to white collar crime prosecutions, […]

Koch Network Pours Money Into Florida To Save Golden Boy Marco Rubio

September 7, 2016

Marco Rubio is the Koch network’s golden boy – the lackadaisical Florida Senator and failed presidential candidate was a top choice in the crowded Republican presidential primary, and some even resorted to public begging to convince him to run for reelection in Florida.

And now, just weeks before voters head to the polls, the Koch network is pouring huge amounts of money into Florida to save Rubio. This week alone, two Koch groups – the LIBRE Initiative and Americans For Prosperity – have launched ads for Rubio. In their first buy of the cycle, LIBRE is spending $700,000 on behalf of Rubio. Americans For Prosperity also launched a digital ad attacking Rubio’s opponent.

All in all, the Koch network has pledged to spend a whopping seven figures on behalf of Rubio to boost his reelection bid. After all, Rubio has bragged about his 100% lifetime rating for serving Koch interests, but he 

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