Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of of Koch Industries, are known as big spenders when it comes to lobbying and influencing public policy. Now, a new document filed with the IRS reveals how the Koch political machine funneled over $54.5 million in previously undisclosed funds to a litany of front groups designed to smear Democrats.
The disclosure suggests that a very wide variety of Republican groups active in the last major election, from pro-life organizations that ran ads on abortion to shadowy fronts that aired partisan commercials with the infamous Ground Zero Mosque conspiracy, have been highly dependent on Koch money. The document also reveals that the Koch’s political network spent much more on electing the current Congress than previously known.
In an op-ed for Politico on Wednesday, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist called on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to select Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as his running mate. That came just a week after former Bush speechwriter David Frum penned a piece for CNN entitled “Bobby Jindal for Vice President.” Scott Conroy captured the emeging zeitgeist with a profile of Jindal for Real Clear Politics in which he reported that, after “private conversations with people close to both Romney and Jindal,” there were plenty of reasons to believe” that Jindal could be our next vice president. Phil Klein at the Washington Examinersays Jindal is “hands down” the best to be Romney’s running mate. Jindal Fever: catch it!
Criticism of Jindal—aside from his dodgy health care privatization scheme, support for an Arizona-style immigration law, and fierce opposition to reproductive rights—tends to center on an awkward State of Union repsonse he delivered three years ago. This is dumb because most people didn’t watch it, and anyway, there’s basically no dignified way to rebut a State of the Union. (For one thing, unlike the President’s speech, there’s no one there to applaud.)
A much bigger reason why Jindal won’t be Romney’s running mate is the exorcism he conducted.
No, really. Jindal himself wrote about the experience in 1994 for the
New Oxford Review, in an article entitled ”Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.” The short of it is that, while Jindal was an undergraduate, his close friend, Susan, with whom he had maintained a wholly non-romantic relationship, began acting strange. One might attribute this to the fact that she was undergoing treatment for cancer. Jindal assumed she had been possessed.
I never ask for petition sigs, but this one is pretty critical IMHO. The DNC needs to light a fire under it to help out here, and they are sitting on their hands so far. Herr Walker has massed MILLIONS, mostly in out of state corporate donations (including his masters the Kochs), and we have very little time to fight back against this war chest.
For anyone who thinks this is “an isolated incident” that should be ignored, think again. This is part of a very broad pattern of fear and hate mongering by the fascist right over the last 4 years. This includes the right wing incitement that led to the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords in the head by that “sovereign citizens” nut who hated taxes and the government. A very deliberate campaign of domestic terrorism originally meant to derail change and reform (and stop Obama), but now that the genie is out of the bottle, it has festered. Over 100+ acts of right wing terrorism over the last 4 years alone: http://www.csgv.org/issues-and-campaigns/guns-democracy-and-freedom/insurrection-timeline
On May Day, AlterNet was all over the place—running around the streets of New York City and Oakland, and asking fans and readers from across the country to report back on where they were and what was happening in their cities. If you follow our coverage, you probably read our main report but in…