Group attempts to link Deal to Koch brothers
To sum up, Patriot Majority USA says Deal accepted $15,600 in campaign contributions from businesses owned by the Koch brothers or employees who work for those companies. One of those employees cited had retired by the time he made two contributions to Deal totaling $7,500, nearly half of what Patriot Majority USA mentioned in its news release. The information in the release is not accurate. We rate it False.
How to Buy an Election
FREE BEACON — By Matthew Continetti
The saga of Obama and campaign finance is a case study in cynicism. Throughout his career, Obama has portrayed himself as an opponent of money in politics, even as he has exploited the system at every turn. He said in 2008 that he would take public financing, but then became the first nominee in history to opt out. He said in this cycle that he would not allow his associates to fundraise for a Super PAC, but then changed his mind. He has attacked anonymous political giving, but dispatched Joe Biden to appeal to the shadowy Democracy Alliance last November. He pays no price when he makes such reversals. He and his supporters meekly lament that he is a victim of circumstance. The press nods.
NATIONAL REVIEW — By Jay Nordlinger
As time goes on, I get more impatient with people’s generosity, when that generosity is accomplished with other people’s money — i.e., tax money. In many a town, there’s a building with a politician’s name on it. Maybe he has brought home the bacon. And maybe he should have.
But maybe that money would have been better off in other people’s pockets, or spent by their own hands.
I love the fact that one of the buildings at Lincoln Center is called the David H. Koch Theater. Why do I love it? Well, for one thing, I’m glad he gave $100 million. But mainly, I know that most people who work there hate that name on their building. They hate the Koch brothers and everything they stand for (according to what they’ve heard). But, you know? At least the Koch money came from honest and honorable enterprise.
‘Economic patriotism’: Corporatism dressed as populism
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — By Timothy P. Carney
How does President Obama please his corporate backers while simultaneously lighting a populist fire? By advocating “a new economic patriotism,” where empty protectionist rhetoric is paired with meaty corporate-welfare policies.
“It’s time for a new economic patriotism,” Obama says in his latest campaign ad. This is his play for Ohio, where both campaigns believe the swing blue-collar vote craves protectionism. While much of Obama’s “patriotism” is fluff for the masses, his policies do pack some real economic nationalism in them — the red meat he gives to corporate America.