We have even more development in the never-ending shuffling of staffers between Koch-backed groups and official Republican posts on the Hill!
This week, Jim Inhofe — who has literally written a book called The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future — officially assumed his post as chairman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. That meant he had to name his staff hires, and fittingly, he named a staffer from the Koch-backed group Generation Opportunity as the EPW press secretary.
It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The Koch brothers have spent tens of millions of dollars funding climate change denial and continue to fight tooth and nail against taking any action address it. Inhofe has dedicated a great deal of his public life trying to discredit climate science. So best to hire your spokesperson straight from the Kochtopus.
Of course, it’s all very scary when one considers that the Senate committee tasked with protecting the environment is chaired by the climate denier-in-chief and represented by a Koch-tied spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Rob Portman tapped a former lobbyist for the Koch-backed NFIB to be his chief of staff. Sadly, these are just just the latest in a flurry of moves in which Republicans in Congress have hired staffers from Koch-funded groups, or vice versa, highlighting the ever-shrinking divide between the two worlds.