Democrats Cite Koch Brothers in Clash Over Disclose Act
WALL STREET JOURNAL- Alicia Mundy
What would the Democrats do without the Koch brothers? Democrats have been using the conservative billionaires as examples of rich Republicans allegedly trying to purchase the elections this year. During Senate floor statements Monday on the Disclose Act, which would require outside campaign groups to publicly list donors over $10,000, Democrats invoked the Koch brothers, Koch Industries and a PAC they co-founded some 22 times in arguing for the legislation.
Lautenberg: Boycott My Constituents
POWERLINE – John Hinderaker
First, “disclosure” almost always sounds like a good thing. But Lautenberg’s call for a boycott reminds us why some businessmen do not want their 501(c)(4) contributions made public. Liberals frequently are vicious. Lautenberg isn’t the first Democrat (although I believe he is the first Senator or Congressman) to advocate a boycott of products produced by companies that are owned or managed by individuals who contribute to Republican candidates. And a boycott is hardly the worst-case scenario: conservatives have been been victims of “SWATing,” which potentially can be life-threatening, and the Koch brothers themselves frequently receive death threats from liberals. Such concerns explain why the Supreme Court has held that private organizations may have a constitutional right to keep their memberships private.
The Laut Goes After Koch Brothers On Capitol Hill, Calling Them… Monarchists?
SAVE JERSEY – Matt Rooney
This particular rant wasn’t isolated idiocy but, rather, part of a coordinated Democrat offensive against the legendary Koch Brothers, billionaire financiers of conservative causes including the relentless Americans for Prosperity organization.
Lautenberg and his Democrat cronies used the Koch example to push the very-undemocratic DISCLOSE Act (which subsequently failed to get passed a GOP filibuster), a measure more appropriately termed the “selective disclosure” act for how it blatantly favors labor union political giving over corporate donations and seeks to intimidate legitimate expressions of First Amendment freedoms. But who is really surprised by that? Democrats derive most of their electoral money and manpower from unions. They’d love to shut down businessmen like the Koch Brothers while simultaneously preserving the right of Big Labor to turnout Democrat voters.
New Jersey Legislator Urges Political Boycott of Major NJ Employer
HUMAN EVENTS – John Hayward
Before Democrat class warfare commandos became obsessed with Bain Capital, they spent many enjoyable hours attacking Koch Industries. Far-left tinfoil hat types love to paint the Koch brothers as supervillains, whose influence on politics is somehow inherently nefarious – unlike, say, hard-left billionaire George Soros. Koch money figures prominently in liberal fairy tales about their electoral defeats.
The Koch brothers do make political contributions and exercise their right to free speech, as is fitting for all Americans. The clear purpose of anti-Koch hysteria is to use them as all-purpose scapegoats, while intimidating them into silence.
Group Exempt from DISCLOSE Requirements Meets with DISCLOSE Lead Sponsor During Vote
RED STATE – Ben Howe
It’s amusing how special interest groups like the Alliance for Health Reform, a group that supports Obamacare, somehow avoids the ire of Whitehouse and is described as nothing more than a “non-profit, nonpartisan health policy organization.” The only difference between Alliance and any organization that is targeted by Whitehouse, is that he agrees with their mission. Of course he has another motive as well. It’s not protecting the people from the special interests. It’s protecting the legislators from the people.
NJ Sen. Lautenberg Calls For Boycott of Own Constitutents
WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) appeared to advocate for a boycott of an American company because its owners disagree with his political views, Powerline reports.
During remarks on the Senate floor, Lautenberg chastised the Koch brothers—who own many New Jersey-based companies that produce a range of common products—for advocating in favor of Republicans
Senator Jerry Moran — July 19, 2012