Busting the Democrat myth of the Koch brothers
By Lee Cary
Merely mention the monstrous Koch brothers and Democrats go berserk. But what’s the truth concerning the extent of the Koch’s financial impact on elections?
On the website opensecrets.org , we find this list of Top All-Time Political Donors from 1989-2912. The top 100 donors are listed below. Note the contributions from unions.
Given all the noise from Democrats, we’d expect to see the Kochs in, at least, the top ten. Not there.
Or, the top 20. Not there either. Certainly the top 50! Nope. They rank 75th on the list.
One of Saul Alinsky’s rules in his book “Rules for Radicals” — required reading in the state university in Illinois I attended long ago — was to “demonize the opposition”.
David Koch surprises his critics
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
You know billionaire David Koch. Scan the Internet and you’ll find liberals calling him “greedy,” “evil” and the like. We don’t carry the man’s water — but we do note the fascinating, unsurprising fact that he isn’t who his vilifiers think he is.
Koch, who is spending millions to help elect Mitt Romney and other Republicans, on Thursday told Politico, “I believe in gay marriage.” He said, contra Romney, that the federal government should consider cutting defense spending. And that tax hikes, not just spending cuts, can help balance the budget. Inconvenient truths, no?
David Koch Supports Gay Marriage, Pot Legalization, And Ending Wars — And You Shouldn’t Be Surprised
By Andrew Kirell
In fact, in some ways it is arguable that these Koch-funded organizations have done more for many so-called “progressive” causes than progressives themselves. Koch funding has helped produce countless writers who have blown the lid off rampant police abuse, exposed horrific injustices from the War on Drugs, and repeatedly criticized the foreign policy blunders of both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Oh, and hey, remember Ted Olson, one of the main attorneys behind the lawsuit to overturn California’s Proposition 8 gay marriage ban? He is also the counsel for Koch Industries and a board member at the Cato Institute.
David Koch: Democratic attacks ‘vastly inaccurate’
By Fredreka Schouten
Koch and his brother, Charles, have donated millions to a constellation of think tanks, foundations and political groups to advance their small-government, low-tax agenda and have been cast as Democrats as villains of the right.
On Thursday, he called Democrats’ characterizations of his role in politics “vastly inaccurate.”
“I try to do things in life that make the world a better place,” he said, ticking off his contributions to cancer-research causes and arts groups. “I’m a Republican, and I support fiscal responsibility, and I … like to speak out.”
In remarks to the crowd gathered at the reception, he bemoaned the ballooning federal deficit. “I don’t want this country to collapse like Greece is doing or become Zimbabwe with runaway inflation,” he said.