Closing Argument: Mitch McConnell Would Lead the Koch Agenda To Victory

October 30, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent thirty years in Washington putting special interests first, and if re-elected, he would undoubtedly prioritize the interests of the secretive billionaire Koch brothers. McConnell said so himself earlier this year at the Kochs’ secret donor summit, where he laid out just what a McConnell-run Senate would look like. In his own words, if McConnell becomes majority leader, “we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage…”

McConnell must know a thing or two about voting on the minimum wage – he has voted against raising it at least seventeen times during his tenure in Washington. The Kochs’ primary political arm Americans For Prosperity also opposes raising the minimum wage, and this is just the beginning of the similarities in the policy agenda shared by McConnell and the Kochs. McConnell and the Koch brothers also both oppose extending unemployment benefits, and they both supported the Ryan budget plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher program.

A Senate majority led by Mitch McConnell would spell disaster for working families around the country, and no one has been fighting harder to secure that than the Kochs. The Kochs have spent nearly $300 million in this election to buy Republican Senate candidates around the country who will support their extreme, self-serving agenda, and McConnell has proven he would be their ideal leader.

When wondering what another McConnell term would look like, Kentucky voters would do well to heed McConnell’s own promises – no more votes on raising the minimum wage, no more efforts better the lives of working families, just looking out for wealthy special interests, plain and simple.

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