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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Responding to Attack Ads by Partisan Activist Group

The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund (LCV) is running a false and deceptive television advertisement entitled “Billionaires” in markets in or near the state of New Hampshire.

The LCV is a partisan activist group that does not disclose its donors. It is part of the Democracy Alliance, a group of billionaires and millionaires who support liberal causes and candidates but also doesn’t disclose its members.

The ad attacks Charles Koch and David Koch, and falsely maligns their companies’ business interests. Contrary to the ad’s assertions, Charles Koch and David Koch are opposed to government subsidies of any kind and have been outspoken and consistent in their opposition to subsidies and other instances of the government picking winners and losers.

The ad leads with a pejorative characterization of the Kochs as “out-of-state oil billionaires,” and claims that United States Senate candidate Scott Brown “voted to keep giving billions in special tax-payer funded subsidies to oil companies,” leaving a reasonable viewer with only one (inaccurate) conclusion: that Charles Koch and David Koch are in favor of such alleged taxpayer-funded subsidies. LCV Senior Vice President Daniel J. Weiss repeated this inaccurate and false claim in the press release accompanying the new ad, asserting that “…[t]hey know Scott Brown will continue where he left off by protecting oil industry profits at the expense of taxpayers and public health.”

As Charles Koch explained in an April 2014 Wall Street Journal opinion piece:

“…Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Now the mandate needs to go, so that consumers and the marketplace are the ones who decide the future of ethanol.”

Citations: See Charles Koch, Op-Ed “I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society,” The Wall Street Journal (Apr. 2, 2014), available at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/…0515021286; see also Statement from Koch Industries Regarding Accusations of Lobbying for Surtax on Renewable Energy (May 1, 2014), available at:





The LCV advertisement’s claim that Charles Koch and David Koch are in favor of receiving a subsidy at the expense of taxpayers is deceitful and completely false. We welcome an open and honest debate about the important issues facing the country. We are disappointed that the LCV has instead chosen to misrepresent the record and mislead the people of New Hampshire.

We ask the LCV to stop misrepresenting our positions and engage in a principled debate about the issues.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 30, 2014

Inside the vast liberal conspiracy
By Kenneth Vogel

Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.

Only, it’s not the Koch brothers. It’s the liberal Democracy Alliance.

The 21 groups at the core of the Democracy Alliance’s portfolio intend to spend $374 million during the midterm election cycle — including nearly $200 million this year — to boost liberal candidates and causes in 2014 and beyond, according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO.

While growing sums of that cash are being spent vilifying the billionaire conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch over their own network’s political spending, the documents reveal the extent to which the Democracy Alliance network mirrors the Kochs’ — and is obsessed with it.

The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire
By Kenneth Vogel and Tarini Parti

David Brock has a message for liberal millionaires: Don’t sweat being called hypocrites.

Brock, a former “right-wing hit-man”-turned-top-big-money-Democratic-operative, is part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince donors it’s OK to attack the Koch brothers for spending millions of dollars while doing the exact same thing for the left.

Conservatives reject the notion that rich liberals donate more out of their concern for society than do their conservative counterparts like the Kochs. But Brock’s pitch also isn’t sitting well with some major liberal donors and operatives, who worry the anti-Koch strategy could backfire big time. It has not yet been proven effective at motivating key Democratic voting blocs like unmarried women and minorities, and liberal critics also worry it risks undercutting more important issues, smacks of class warfare and opens themselves up to hypocrisy charges.

Morning Joe

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You guys at Politico have been writing stories about this, about democrats ringing their hands and also this group that has gotten together. I have short term memory loss so I don’t remember exactly the name of the group.

JIM VANDEHEI: Democracy Alliance.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: But you said they’re going to raise gazillions of dollars and their goal is to out-Koch the Koch brothers.

JIM VANDEHEI: Well, it’s funny we were talking about this with Hillary Clinton where democrats have this tortured relationship with money, we have all these multimillionaire, billionaires who they want to put money into politics and they’re tortured about it. Should we do it by saying the Koch brothers are criminals. Inherently what they’re saying is hypocritical. You can’t say that’s awful but when we do it, boy, it’s great. The truth is, the way that campaign finance laws are, if you care about politics, you should spend gobs of money. The campaign finance rules work in your favor. you can have a huge effect —

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Barack Obama became the first billion dollar candidate. He knows how to raise and spend money.

EUGENE ROBINSON: Exactly. Both major parties will race enormous sums of money. Where do you get it? You get it from people that have enormous sums of money. It would be hypocritical.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 13, 2014

Tom Finneran: I’ll Have a Koch
By Tom Finneran

As an American citizen I’m under no obligation to give support to any candidate at all. I might find them all repellent. Yet if I learn of a candidate who seems sensible and grounded, a candidate whose principles align with mine, I’m free to help that candidate get elected. As are you. As are the Koch brothers.

These evil brothers have been in the news lately for some actions that are incredibly generous and entirely benign. Within the past week or so they have announced a twenty-five million dollar gift to the United Negro College Fund. You know the UNCF, the organization whose slogan is that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. UNCF does some amazing things with students who aspire to succeed against pretty dramatic odds. I suspect that the Koch donation will put some mighty big wings on those students’ dreams. Three cheers.

Regular viewers of NOVA, the renowned PBS program are aware that the program has received magnificent support from David Koch for quite some time. It’s a great program and I suspect that PBS is deeply appreciative of Mr. Koch’s continuing generosity. Three more cheers.

Locally, the David Koch Institute for Cancer Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts has been the beneficiary of major grants from Koch family foundations for cutting-edge medical research as well as for an on-site day care center for the children of the young and brilliant scientists who work there. Three more cheers….

Ironically, here in America in the 21st century, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the Koch brothers are attacked mercilessly for their embrace of free markets. America’s strength of course comes from capitalism, which for whatever its faults and limitations, remains the best economic system in the history of the world. Those troublesome brothers believe in and exercise the First Amendment freedoms of speech and association. They participate in politics as alert and knowledgeable citizens. What’s not to like about them? John Adams would have loved them.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 3, 2014

Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives
By Bradley A. Smith and David Keating
The Wall Street Journal

On Monday the Center for Competitive Politics filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against nine U.S. senators: for interfering with IRS tax proceedings; for misusing official resources for campaign purposes; and for improper conduct that reflects poorly upon the Senate. Attempting to use the IRS to advance a partisan, electoral agenda is a fundamental assault on good government. We believe these elected officials have staged such an assault.

The complaint documents how the senators improperly interfered with IRS adjudications to further their party’s electoral prospects. They pressured the IRS to undertake income-tax investigations of specific organizations, to find that specific organizations were in violation of the law, to reach predetermined results pertaining to pending applications by individual organizations for nonprofit status, and to adopt specific regulatory interpretations and policies to further their campaign goals.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 16, 2014

From black to green: U.S. billionaire’s ‘Road to Damascus’

By Richard Valdmanis, Fergus Jensen, and Sonali Paul

Steyer, 56, stepped down as co-managing partner of Farallon in 2012 to devote himself to full-time activism because, as he later wrote, he “no longer felt comfortable being at a firm that was invested in every single sector of the global economy, including tar sands and oil.”

But he has provided few details of the extent of those fossil fuel investments or how he profited from them. He said in July 2013 that when he had left Farallon, which manages much of his estimated $1.6 billion wealth, he had instructed the fund to divest his holdings in fossil fuels. Neither he nor Farallon has said whether that process has been completed. Farallon declined to comment.

Censure Harry Reid For Neo-McCarthyite Vilification Of The Koch Brothers
By Ralph Benko
Town Hall

Leader Reid has cast himself as the point man in a campaign by the left to vilify Charles and David Koch. As recently inventoried by The Washington Free Beacon, and as noted by The Washington Post, Reid has vilified the Koch name, at last count, 134 times.

This is not a random act by Reid.

The new thought police hides behind ‘tolerance’
By Jonah Goldberg
Tribune Content Agency

In Washington, Democrats increasingly resort to charges of racism or sexism whenever they hear ideas they don’t like. Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer have dubbed critics of Obamacare “simply un-American.” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid insists the libertarian Koch brothers are “un-American.” President Barack Obama himself has a knack for suggesting that he cares about America while his opponents don’t. He also likes to suggest the time for debate is over on the issues where he’s made up his mind.

Krauthammer’s Take: Harry Reid Makes Inaccurate ‘Pronouncements,’ Doesn’t Smile, And Hurts People
National Review Online

[Krauthammer] refuted just a few of Reid’s frequent claims: the Koch brothers are the richest people on earth – “not true.” The Koch brothers are the major cause of global warming – “semi-insane.”

Krauthammer said Reid’s wild statements are similar to Joe Biden’s, but noted that Biden is likable so his oddities are called ”Bidenisms” and he gets a pass, whereas Reid is mean and trying to hurt people.

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day
By Ellison Barber
Washington Free Beacon

If I lived in Vermont and saw that the Koch brothers were the focus of my senator—so much so that he felt the need to send me a letter about it, I’d be quite agitated.

Not long ago Republicans were routinely criticized for being the “party of no”—common wisdom, amongst political analysts, was that in the long term this perception was a hindrance for the party—it was better to be for something than against something. I thought then, and think now, that this is accurate and it’s not a notion that’s unique or confined to one party.

Reid And Pelosi Go To The Movies
By John Hunderaker

Just when you think the Democrats’ Koch addiction can’t get any crazier, they surprise you. As it happens, we know all about “Koch Brothers Exposed,” which Robert Greenwald released in segments in 2011 and then combined into a single internet video. Greenwald is a failed Hollywood director whose most famous film, “Xanadu,” was one of the biggest flops ever. He is now reduced to making far-left propaganda videos, financed by a secret group of rich leftists.


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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 2, 2014

Koch Responds to Debate Invitation 
By Roy Wenzl
The Wichita Eagle

A group supporting the political views of retired billionaire investor Tom Steyer bought a full page color advertisement Friday in The Wichita Eagle — the Koch brothers’ hometown newspaper — inviting the brothers to a public debate on climate change.

The brothers, Charles and David, don’t plan to take him up on it.

“We are not experts on climate change,” wrote Koch Corporate spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia, in an email Friday afternoon. “We do believe there should be free and open debate on the climate issue and it should be based on sound science and intellectual honesty.

“The debate should take place among the scientific community, examining all points of view and void of politics, personal attacks and partisan agendas.”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Statement from Koch Industries Regarding Accusations of Lobbying for Surtax on Renewable Energy

Recently, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Environmental Defense Fund all have accused Koch of being in favor of, and lobbying for, the imposition of a surtax on renewable energy—in particular solar power in several states.   These reports are false.  Koch has not advocated nor lobbied on behalf of any legislation that would impose yet another tax or burden upon consumers, ratepayers or other users of electric power, regardless of the source of energy. Indeed, “PunditFact” rated Rachel Maddow’s claims as “mostly false”.

Koch has consistently opposed subsidies and government mandates, and consistently advocated for reducing taxes for all.

Koch believes that all forms of energy—whether oil, gas, wind, solar or biofuels—should be allowed to succeed or fail on their own in the free market, without the assistance (or hindrance) of government subsidies or mandates.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 1, 2014

Dark Money Dilemma
By Daniel Wiser
Washington Free Beacon

Ravel was later forced to admit that the Koch brothers were not involved in the ballot initiatives. “The Koch brothers have never been implicated themselves as having been direct donors,” she said.

When asked about the case after the hearing, Ravel denied being forced to “walk [her previous comments] back.”

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer refuses to disclose donors, then claims to be more transparent than the Kochs
By Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who founded a super PAC devoted to advancing climate change policies in the United States, refused to disclose his donors moments before claiming to be more transparent than libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.

“I definitely can’t give you the names of people unless they release it, which we haven’t,” Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate Action, said on CSPAN’s “Newsmakers” program. “We’ve gotten a handful of people to give pretty significant amounts of money. We have also gone out more broadly.”

Harry Reid and the Left’s Big Money Hypocrisy
By Jerry Rogers
PJ Media

Yet, when asked to comment on the distinction between the Democracy Alliance donors and the Koch brothers, Reid’s office had nothing to say. To be fair, it is certain to have been an uncomfortable question since in all likelihood, Reid was among the attendees at the big money affair. It would deny credulity that a Democrat Senate Majority leader trying to hang onto that post would take a pass on the opportunity to hobnob with that many Democrats with so many digits in their bank accounts and a eager willingness to spend it.

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Friday, April 25th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – April 25, 2014

Tom Steyer’s Glass House
By Kimberly Strassel
Wall Street Journal

The psychiatric world defines “projection” as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers.

Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar funding of Democrats with the Koch brothers’ big-dollar funding of Republicans. The Kochs’ priorities “line up perfectly with their pocketbooks—and that’s not true for us,” said Mr. Steyer, who is fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline. Moreover, he insisted, his politicking is “completely open,” whereas the Kochs have “not been huge embracers of transparency.”

Why is Mr. Steyer so touchy about motives and transparency? The media tend to give liberal spending a pass, since they assume its motives and aims are pure. Mr. Steyer’s problem—and he knows it—is that his own purity remains hugely suspect, even among his allies.

Those evil Koch brothers 5
New York Post

Here’s our question: What’s the difference between the Koch brothers using their money to advance their political views and Bloomberg’s use of his money to advance his? Isn’t Bloomberg trying to “buy” the Congress he wants by funding his Everytown for Gun Safety initiative?

The truth is, there is no difference.

As the Supreme Court continues to remind us, it’s called free speech. And we fail to see why either the Koch brothers or Mike Bloomberg should be condemned for exercising their First Amendment rights.

The Non-Koch Good Billionaire
By Tom Rogan
National Review

This is liberal hypocrisy at its insufferable worst. In the “courage pledge” that Steyer sent out Thursday, he presents himself as a visionary who stands up for “children” (a weapon-word he uses three times), and he claims that the Koch brothers’ “only interest is seizing complete control of Congress.” In one short letter, we get sentimental demagoguery (“working families” vs. “powerful forces”) alongside a heaping dose of moral superiority. And Steyer extends his focus far beyond the issue of Keystone: He lambasts conservatives for rejecting minimum-wage hikes, Obamacare, and union empowerment. If there’s any irony in the fact that a retired billionaire wishes to restrain an energy revolution that would create many thousands of jobs, Steyer seems oblivious.


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Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – April 10, 2014


Documenting Harry Reid’s Koch-fueled meltdown
By Melissa Quinn
Red Alert Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been in a Koch-fueled rage, seizing moments left and right (mostly from the left) to bash Charles and David Koch. But the senator’s preoccupation with the mega-donating business titans may have gotten him into some trouble, as one taxpayer-funded post to his website could have landed Reid in some ethically dirty water.

Harry Reid’s official website attack on Koch brothers may have violated Senate rules
By Richard Pollock
Washington Examiner

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have broken Senate ethics and Internet rules by using his official website to attack libertarian campaign donors Charles and David Koch, a possible violation of the chamber’s prohibition on “partisan” material on members’ publicly funded webpages.

The post, titled “The Facts About the Koch Brothers,” was moved from the Nevada Democrat’s homepage to a less prominent position on the site Wednesday following inquiries by the Washington Examiner.

Dem senator defends the Koch brothers
By Lucy McCalmont

Sen. Joe Manchin on Thursday strongly defended the Koch brothers from attacks by fellow Democrats, saying the wealthy and politically active businessmen are taxpaying Americans who are creating jobs.
“People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” Manchin said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

Koch Industries aide on Joe Manchin: ‘About time’
By Lucy McCalmont

A spokesman for Koch Industries said “it’s about time” somebody spoke out against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attacks on the Koch brothers, saying such jabs are expected on the trail, but the Senate floor should not be the venue.

“I get politics and I think the American public expects that in election years, when you’re out on campaign trail, politics will be invoked,” Steve Lombardo said in an interview, regarding the Democratic senator’s recent hits against the Koch brothers.

“But to be doing it on the floor of the United States Senate repeatedly? It’s about time somebody questioned that,” he said.

Harry Reid Probably Violated Senate Rules to Smear Kochs
By Andrew Stiles
Free Beacon

Koch addiction can drive people to engage in all sorts of unseemly behavior. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), for example, seems to have violated Senate ethics rules in his feverish quest to smear the Koch brothers.

Manchin to Reid: Lay off the Koch brothers
By Ed Morrissey
Hot Air

So far, Reid hasn’t taken Manchin’s advice. In fact, the Senate Majority Leader went on the Senate floor to announce that the upper chamber might be able to take its recess later today, and oh by the way did you know Koch money stinks?

National Journal’s Ron Fournier warns that Senate Democrats will pay a high price for Reid’s “lies” and demagoguery — and so will the media, if they don’t do a better job of pointing those out. “Shame on us” if that happens, says Fournier.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Hinderaker: The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously

By John Hinderaker
Powerline Blog

Yet so lame was the Post’s original attempt to link Koch to the pipeline that the reporters dare not even mention any of the more significant points. Instead they avert their eyes from the real issue–Koch Industries has nothing to do with Keystone!–and admit that they were wrong about the least important fact in their entire story. That led to this grudging correction in today’s Post:

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece said Koch Industries was the largest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands. On a net acreage basis the company is the largest American and foreign holder of leases in the region, but it might narrowly trail two Canadian companies overall.

Substitute “does” for “might” and you have a true statement, but one that fails to address what the controversy is all about: the Post’s article was published for the sole purpose of suggesting that Koch is the main force behind the Keystone Pipeline, and that suggestion is 100% false. Far from being the driving force, Koch has no interest in the pipeline at all. An honest correction would admit that the March 20 article never should have been published.

Still unanswered is the question why it was published. Why did the Washington Post print an article on Keystone that was entirely false and that had no apparent news value, based, as it was, on a six-month-old report by a goofy left-wing organization that hardly anyone has heard of? Why was the Post’s story–published, as the authors acknowledge, for political reasons–almost immediately seized on by Congressional Democrats to justify an attack on Koch Industries? Did the Washington Post act in cooperation with Congressional Democrats? That is a very serious question, to which I do not know the answer. But the facts that we do know are damning.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – April 4, 2014


Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP
By Kathleen Parker
The Washington Post

What’s next? A Senate committee investigating such un-American activities as advocating free-market principles or pursuing capitalist endeavors?

Of course, I’m kidding. That could never happen here, except it sort of already has. When Reid called the Kochs un-American, a powerful government official fired a shot across the bow of two private citizens who have acted within the law while contributing wealth to the economy through employment.

Yes, it was bad when right-wingers called Obama un-American, but Obama is the most powerful man in the world and the rabble is just that. Reid owes the Kochs — and the American people — an apology.

Charles Koch Fights Back
Not with character assassination, but an economic formula for liberty.
By Larry Kudlow
National Review

Charles Koch’s op-ed reveals a consistency of thought. He writes, “I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs — even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.”

Koch concludes that the current batch of administration policies “destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness.”

This is strong stuff. And spot on.

So with the economy only crawling toward recovery, the solution is not character assassination or more government collectivism. Mr. Charles Koch has it exactly right: We need more liberty and freedom to restore American values and economic prosperity. Politicians and regulators can’t do it. Only hard-working and innovative people can.

So let’s let them do it.

Reid Attacks Koch for Offenses Committed by Reid Donors
Senate Dem leader received tens of thousands of dollars from companies that did business in Iran
By Lachlan Markay
Free Beacon

A page on Reid’s Senate website is devoted entirely to attacking the Kochs. It initially cited former White House economist Austan Goolsbee, who falsely claimed in 2010 that Koch Industries does not pay any corporate taxes. .. That claim remains on the website, with its text crossed out. … According to the Washington Examiner, Reid has accepted more than half a million dollars in contributions since 2009 from employees and political action committees of companies under investigation for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

Morning Joe on Harry Reid Attacks: “Embarrassing,” “lying,” “pure McCarthyism”

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: charles koch responded to the criticism in a recent “wall street journal” op ed where he described the attacks as character assassination. senator reid didn’t seem the least bit bothered.

SEN. HARRY REID: most people here familiar with the koch brothers, i’m had to make them a little more infamous or famous, and i’m glad i’ve done that. these two men are shadow billionaires spending millions of dollars to rig their political system. and who does it help? them. by every indication, our republican colleagues are falling all over themselves to help advance their self-described radical philosophy. all ready, we’ve had one senator run to the senate floor and read word-for-word the op-ed piece on the floor.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: it’s embarrassing. it really is embarrassing. jim vandehei — i mean, my opinion is, and i’ve said it clearly, that harry reid is — what he’s doing is beneath the dignity of the office he’s holding. he’s lying about these people. he’s calling them un-american, it’s mccarthyism. he’s lying about them. he’s putting lies on his website that the white house itself discredited four years ago. harry reid still has on his website today that the koch brothers may not pay corporate taxes. now, that was a lie debunked four years ago. and he is still pushing that lie today. and then you’ve got the steyer brothers who are giving, what, $100 million this next year, and when you guys went to one of the steyer brothers and compared them to the koch brothers, they said, well, we take that as a compliment, because, yes, we’re going to do the same thing. on the left. i mean, what –

JIM VANDEHEI: well, the question is, why?

JOE SCARBOROUGH: why do democrats think they can connect with middle america by engaging in mccarthy tactics, calling somebody un-american, lying — lying about them not paying inging corporate taxes, and i want to make this about harry reid. we remember he lied during the presidential campaign and said mitt romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years. and i’m just — are there no democrats that are backing off of this man? in the united states senate? why?

JIM VANDEHEI: number — why is harry reid doing this? because he has every single political incentive to do it. the koch brothers are basically as big as a party, and he knows if he vilifies them, if he can do anything to discourage that type of activity, he could help his party. more importantly, it’s basically a siren. it’s, like, come on, guys, on the left, women on the left, you have to pony up that kind of money to go after the koch brothers. he’s trying to rally his party, because they’re worried about the election consequences of this. they know that the koch brothers are spending so much money in places like north carolina and some of these obscure races nobody is even paying attention to, it’s having an appreciable effect on the outcome of the races. they are extremely effective in what they’re doing.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: let me ask you about off the record. any democrats concerned about the quote have any democrats been “un-american” comments, which is, again, pure mccarthyism. we had chuck schumer on, and he did not want to embrace that term. but he ended — but off the record, are some of them concerned about this — these mccarthy –

JIM VANDEHEI: yeah, off the record, they do what they always do about harry reid, he takes it a notch too far, but they like him, because he’s sort of dirty harry. he’s the one who says in sharp terms what they all wish they could say, but they would never say in public. yes, they wish he wouldn’t cross that line and make it a distraction when you use terms like un-american. they wish to keep it more focused, but they love the idea he’s the within taking the lead, taking the fight to the koch brothers, because the koch brothers in north carolina alone are outspending everybody. they are the candidate. they are the campaign. and when they make a difference, of course harry reid will get onto the floor and lambaste them. i do think there is a huge danger, they’re making this whole campaign about one man, and, yes, they spend a lot of money. the one thing that’s true is he is orchestrating a large campaign of complex organizations to pump money through 10, 15 different places yes. to affect politics. guess what? it’s legal. also guess what? lots of groups on the left are doing it, they’re just doing it bigger and better than anybody on the left right now. a couple of years ago, the left was doing it substantially better which is why the koch brothers stepped in and are doing what conservatives could not happier that they are doing.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Charles G. Koch on Why He Fights

Charles Koch: I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society
Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.
By Charles G. Koch
The Wall Street Journal

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – April 3, 2014

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim that Koch Brothers Don’t Pay Corporate Taxes
By John McCormack
The Weekly Standard

The claim that the Koch brothers don’t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official Austan Goolsbee, but Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden disputed the accusation and raised the question of whether someone in the Obama administration illegally accessed the Kochs’ tax returns. Goolsbee’s comments led to a federal investigation–the results of which have never been released.

In October 2010, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Goolsbee’s claim “was wrong.” But that hasn’t stopped the Senate majority leader from promoting the claim four years later.

Harry Reid’s Koch addiction takes over Senate.gov
By Robby Soave
The Daily Caller

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has escalated his war of words against the billionaire Koch brothers by publishing an anti-Koch hit piece on his Senate.gov page, despite official rules prohibiting the use of U.S. senators’ .gov websites for political purposes.

Harry Reid’s Senate website: The Koch brothers might not be paying any corporate taxes, you know
Hot Air

[T]his smear was debunked long ago. If Reid’s team is still pushing it, it’s not because they don’t know it’s false. It’s because they don’t care. Which, in fact, makes it very much like his smear regarding Romney’s taxes.

Harry Reid Violates Senate Rules with Anti-Koch Bros Webpage
By Jeff Dunetz
Truth Revolt

The Senate maintains strict rules on the type of content that can be posted on Senate.gov sites. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) seems to have violated those rules by setting up a page attacking the Koch Brothers on his Senate website.

The Senate Internet service usage rules states: “Senate Internet Services (“World Wide Web and Electronic mail, BLOGs, Podcasting, streaming media, etc.”) may only be used for official purposes. The use of Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited.”

Harry Reid makes baseless claim Koch brothers pay no corporate taxes, backtracks
By Joe Newby

It seems the Koch brothers live rent-free in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s head. So much so that Reid has a page on his official taxpayer-funded Senate website dedicated to the Koch brothers. One of the claims Reid makes on the page is that the Kochs pay no corporate taxes, the Weekly Standard reported Wednesday.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – April 2, 2014

The WAPO/Koch Brothers/Keystone XL Pipeline Affair
By Patrick Maines
Media & Communications Policy

As mentioned here, it would be a surprise if Bezos bought the Post in order to push any kind of political or ideological agenda, but as a businessman he is known to believe in giving customers what they want. And if that’s the case the article in question must give him pause.

Put it this way: When the Post was just a print newspaper, distributed mostly in the greater D.C. area with its large majority of registered Democrats, it made business sense to publish a paper that leaned liberal and Democratic. But in the digital age the paper has the challenge of appealing to people throughout the country, including Republicans and conservatives, few of whom would be attracted by news stories like that of Mufson and Eilperin.

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

Did the Washington Post Collaborate With Congressional Democrats to Smear the Koch Brothers? The Investigation Continues

By John Hinderaker

So far, I have heard nothing in response to my email to Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson about their possible coordination with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Henry Waxman or other Democrats in writing the article about the Keystone pipeline that I critiqued here and here. I will follow up with them in due course. In the meantime, I have written the following letter to Whitehouse and Waxman…

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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

John Hinderaker Discusses Washington Post’s Discredited Report on Koch

Fox & Friends

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TUCKER CARLSON: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid savaging the Koch brothers. Painting them as corrupt and un-american. Many mainstream media outlets all too eager to back up that characterization.

CLAYTON MORRIS: Yea, just like when The Washington Post posts an article endorsing the theory that the Koch brothers would benefit from the Keystone Pipeline.

TUCKER CARLSON: Our next guest has debunked that story. Joining us now is Powerline blogger, John Hinderaker. John, thanks a lot for joining us this morning.

JOHN HINDERAKER: Good morning.

TUCKER CARLSON: So, The Washington Post basically reinforcing the precise story line that Harry Reid has been putting out there. Tell us how that works.

JOHN HINDERAKER: Last week The Washington Post ran an article that implied that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline because Koch would benefit from the pipeline financially. The article was based entirely on a report done by the far Left group called the International Forum on Globalization last Fall. I debunked that report on Power Line last October. The reality is that Koch Industries has nothing to do with Keystone. They haven’t lobbied in favor of the Keystone Pipeline, they haven’t lobbied against it or taken a position on whether it should be built. The pipeline won’t run near anywhere near any Koch refinery. In fact, the Keystone Pipeline would damage Koch’s economic interest because it would allow Alberta oil it to be shipped to the refineries in the southern states and divert it away from Koch’s refinery in Minnesota which now gets Alberta oil at a low price because there is a glut. Ironically the IFG report, which is is the sole basis for this The Washington Post article, acknowledged this fact and said that Koch Industries would be damaged to the tune of $120 billion by the construction of the pipeline.

CLAYTON MORRIS: Why did The Washington Post even write this story in the first place?

JOHN HINDERAKER: Well, after I wrote my first article about it, the two post reporters were taking a lot of heat from a lot of people. So they went out in public again and they wrote a little piece about “Why did we write this article,” because they admitted everything I said was true and they acknowledged that their motive had been political. This is what they said, they wrote the article, quote, “to stir and inflame public debate in this election year. That’s why we wrote the piece.” The stunning fact is just a few days after The Washington Post article appeared, the other shoe dropped and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Henry Waxman wrote a long letter to the President of Koch Industries asking a series of questions and requests lots of documents about the Keystone Pipeline and they based their letter entirely on The Washington Post article and the IFG report that the Post article in turn relied on. They dropped a whole series of footnotes to The Washington Post article and that the IFG report.

TUCKER CARLSON: What I’m confused by is, there’s all this reporting on Koch Industries and Koch brothers. Where’s all the reporting on say, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. Who, by the way, is rich. Lives at the Ritz in D.C. How did the sitting senator get so rich? Why hasn’t The Washington Post reported on that?

JOHN HINDERAKER: You know, Harry Reid’s greatest achievement after a career in public life is that he has stayed out of jail. Here is a man who has been a public employee his entire adult life and he has gotten rich. His whole family is rich. His sons are rich, his grandchildren, they’re all rich. How does that happen?

TUCKER CARLSON: How does that happen?

JOHN HINDERAKER: You would think that a reporter would want to know how exactly does a politician get rich on the salary of a public employee. Apparently no one ever asks Harry Reid that question.

CLAYTON MORRIS: Well The Washington Post was too busy trying to inflame and stir discussion in time for the election year in their response. John, great to see you this morning, thanks for your reporting on this.


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Friday, March 28th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – March 28, 2014

Should The Post run a correction to the Koch oil sands story?
By Jonathan H. Adler
The Washington Post

Last week, a story by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin declared that Koch Industries was “the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands.” This claim was made in the headline and opening paragraph. …[It] would appear that the central factual claim trumpeted in the headline and lead of the original story is false. Is this not the sort of thing that calls for a correction?

Scarborough to Schumer: Do you really think the Koch brothers are un-American?
By Ed Morrissey
Hot Air

It’s fine to oppose the Koch brothers’ political positions, but the idea that it’s somehow un-American to speak in the public square in support of one’s preferred policies is historically ignorant and morally repugnant. That’s especially true when it comes from elected officials attempting to silence their opposition, which really does cut “against the American grain.”

Meanwhile, the newest bloggers at the Washington Post wonder when their hosts will get around to apologizing to the Kochs. Be careful, Jonathan Adler. Dissent may no longer be patriotic at your new digs, either.

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