Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Billionaire Kochs seeking to buy 2012 election for Republicans

Brad Friedman reports that the billionaire Koch brothers held a secret meeting with hundreds of wealthy donors at a Colorado resort in June to plot strategy and collect donations to defeat Obama and elect Republicans in 2012. [ If you are not familiar with the Koch brothers read “Who are the Koch brothers?” below.]  In the following audio Friedman obtained of the meeting, Charles Koch references Saddam Hussein’s call for a  “mother of all wars” to describe his strategy to defeat Obama.  He rallied his guests to donate millions (or even better billions)  of dollars to help defeat Obama and boost other right-wing causes. Listen to audio of these remarks obtained by Friedman:

Koch reportedly read off a list of those who had already donated a million dollars or more toward his “mother of all wars” including Charles Schwab of the Charles Schwab Corporation and John Templeton, Jr. of the powerful John Templeton Foundation, John Childs (JW Childs Associates), Rick and Helen DeVos (Amway), Dick and Joyce Farmer (Cintas), and Diane Hendricks (ABC Supply)  Gavin Aronson provides an additional list of the Koch brothers' secret donors here:

Chris Christie of New Jersey, Rick Scott of Florida and Bob McDonnell of Virginia were in attendance.  Christie reminded the group that It was time to tackle the "big things," he said, like "Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security systems, because they are bankrupting America."  Of course we understand what the Republicans mean by "tackle," they mean "destroy."

Who are the Koch brothers?

Charles and David Koch are co-owners of Koch Industries, an energy and chemical conglomerate inherited from their father that is currently America's second-largest privately held company. To date, the brothers have spent more than $100 million supporting hard-right political campaigns and institutions. They are key funders of the movement to discredit climate science and sow doubt on the scientific consensus that human activities contribute to global warming.

The Kochs have tried to keep everything about the seminars secret: the content, identities of attendees and speakers—even meeting locations and dates.

The Kochs also bankrolled the fledgling tea party by making massive investments in right-wing political advocacy groups such as Americans for Prosperity, as detailed by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker last year. More generally, the brothers have dedicated a portion of their vast wealth—and that of their benefactors—to influencing elections across the nationand swaying public opinion on everything from health care and fracking to labor policy and government spending.  

Read more about the Koch secret meeting here:

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