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Koch Brothers Launch $125 Million Spending Spree For Midterms, Beyond

 

 

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” Charles and David Koch will use their political action committee to unleash at least $125 million on a grass-roots, broadcasting, and data operations for conservative candidates in the 2014 midterm elections, and have outlined a longer-term battle vision.

  The expenditure by the conservative billionaire brothers’ Americans for Prosperity will be aimed at boosting free market candidates while hammering Democrats, and the vast expenditure will alone exceed the combined total spending of all of the official party organizations in the 2012 elections, Politico reported.

  The funds are expected to transform the organization’s already sprawling field operation and deploy a new “closed-loop data system in which volunteer and membership information is automatically updated” for access by phone bank workers and canvassers going door-to-door with the latest technology, such as tablets.

  Beyond the 2014 elections, the move is designed to jump-start a longer-term operation to expand the influence of conservatives into new states and broaden the movement’s base of support to include millennials, Hispanics, and low-income voters, an aim the Republican Party has been vexed about achieving as a condition of its survival.

  The group has already spent more than $35 million on ads attacking vulnerable Democrats in key Senate and House Races, including those of Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.”

 

Newsmax has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Leading Democrat Politicians Took Koch Brother Money?

 

 

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” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has worked tirelessly to vilify the Koch Brothers. Ranting and raving on the Senate floor like a madman, the senior Senator from Nevada has publicly bashed the benefactor brothers for their willingness to engage in the political process.
 
  Through all of his blustering, Sen. Reid has tried to paint campaign contributions as a decidedly right wing issue; apparently, Sen. Reid has never stopped to wonder where Democrats get their money.
  
  According to a new report, Democrats are reaping the benefits of the supposedly ill-gotten gains of Koch Industries as the profits from the brothers’ dealings have been financing Democrats for years.”

Harry Reid More Disliked Than Koch Brothers

 

 

 

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” The Democrats, still reeling from the findings of their favorite whiz kid Nate Silver that the odds favor the GOP taking over the Senate, get a few dollops of bad news in the George Washington University Battleground poll.

  First, the left’s crusade against the Koch brothers isn’t working very well, as one might expect with an effort to vilify two businessmen unknown to the vast majority of voters. After months (years, even) of vilification, the brothers’ negative numbers (25 percent) are actually less horrible than those of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who gets thumbs down from 35 percent, or the president who draws a negative reaction from 49 percent of voters. This only highlights how daft is the scheme to run against two private citizens not on the ballot and largely anonymous. (The effort, of course, is more properly seen as a fundraising ruse and lame attempt to engage the Democratic base.) But, it’s all the Democrats have these days .”

 

Jennifer Rubin writes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside The Kochs’ Reid Brush Back

 

 

 

 

” Charles and David Koch raised eyebrows in D.C. last week with an aggressive push back of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the Nevada Democrat delivered the kind of bare-knuckle attack on the billionaire brothers that has become commonplace by top Democrats in the Citizens United era. 

” All Americans should be deeply concerned when officials use their elected office, particularly the office of the Senate Majority Leader, to stifle First Amendment rights of free speech and association,” Philip Ellender, a top official at Koch Industries, told Breitbart News. Ellender also released a sharply-worded letter taking Reid to task. 

  Sources close to the issue say the brush back was mostly motivated by sincere outrage. “Harry Reid, on the Senate floor – the majority leader – going after private citizens?” asks a top Koch ally incredulously, comparing it to the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative activists.”

 

More at Breitbart

 

 

 

 

 

Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the “Save Our News” Rally

Published on May 30, 2013

” Protesters gathered outside of the Los Angeles Times building on Wednesday to speak out against the potential sale of the newspaper and other Tribune Company properties to the Koch brothers. Reason TV was on the scene to find out why the potential sale was so upsetting to those gathered and whether or not they though it appropriate for the city government to take action against the Times.

Answers ranged from a fear of the Times being transformed into a right-wing propaganda machine to a general distrust of billionaires and/or large corporations owning media companies (despite the fact that the Tribune Company is, of course, a large corporation and billionaires besides the Kochs are interested in the purchase). Watch the full video above. 

About 4 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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Full disclosure: David Koch is trustee of Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason TV.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half Of Staff May Quit (VIDEO)

 

 

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” At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.

Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner’s group.” No one raised their hands.

“Raise you hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Rupert Murdoch.” A few people raised their hands.

Facing the elephant trunk-on, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by the Koch brothers.” About half the staff raised their hands.

Recent owner of the LA Times, Sam Zell, has been painted as the devil incarnate for slashing the editorial staff and for his vulgar demeanor.”

 

 

 

 

 

Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers

 

 

 

” Other than financing a few fringe libertarian publications, the Kochs have mostly avoided media investments. Now, Koch Industries, the sprawling private company of which Charles G. Koch serves as chairman and chief executive, is exploring a bid to buy theTribune Company’s eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Orlando Sentinel and The Hartford Courant.

By early May, the Tribune Company is expected to send financial data to serious suitors in what will be among the largest sales of newspapers by circulation in the country. Koch Industries is among those interested, said several people with direct knowledge of the sale who spoke on the condition they not be named. Tribune emerged from bankruptcy on Dec. 31 and has hired JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners to sell its print properties.

Last month, shortly after L.A. Weekly first reported on Koch Industries’ interest in the Tribune papers, the liberal Web site Daily Kos and Courage Campaign, a Los Angeles-based liberal advocacy group, collected thousands of signatures protesting such a deal. Conservatives, meanwhile, welcomed the idea of a handful of prominent papers spreading the ideas of economic “freedom” from taxes and regulation that the Kochs have championed.

Seton Motley, president of Less Government, an organization devoted to shrinking the role of the government, said the 2012 presidential election reinforced the view that conservatives needed a broader media presence.

“A running joke among conservatives as we watched the G.O.P. establishment spend $500 million on ineffectual TV ads is ‘Why don’t you just buy NBC?’ ” Mr. Motley said. “It’s good the Kochs are talking about fighting fire with a little fire.” “

HT/Instapundit

   Another example of the establishment Left s embrace of the more radical elements of society … along with the added bonus of  showing the growing irrelevance of their toadies such as Move-on …. LOL

” So the demonstration was a washout. But that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to be learned
from it. On the contrary, the event illustrates how closely intertwined the “respectable” Left ( i.e ., the Democratic Party) has become with the disreputable, and often outright criminal, Left.

  Who, exactly, organized the Romney/Koch protest? The principal organizers were Andy
Stepanian of Sparrow Media, Aaron Black of Occupy New York and Laura Dawn, Creative Director of MoveOn.org. Let’s focus on
Stepanian, who said on Facebook that The Sparrow Project (i.e., Stepanian) is “coordinating
PR around this Hamptons action.”

   So who is he? Stepanian is a self-described terrorist and convicted felon who was sentenced to three years in prison . (It was Chris Christie, by the way, who put him away.) Breitbart.com has written about Stepanian, noting that he continues to threaten violence against political opponents. “