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American Bridge Targets Koch Brothers And GOP Beneficiaries

May 15, 2014 3:30 pm Category: Memo Pad 76 Comments A+ / A-
American Bridge Targets Koch Brothers And GOP Beneficiaries

On Thursday, the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge launched realkochfacts.com, a digital project that delves into the Koch brothers, their policy agenda, business impact, and political spending, including a state-by-state analysis of how the big-spending conservatives have affected local legislation.

The website’s release comes on the same day that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to take to the Senate floor in support of a constitutional amendment that will reinstate limitations on campaign spending, contributions, and independent group spending. These limits were recently eliminated by McCutcheon v. FEC, which further loosened campaign spending regulations that were previously weakened by the Citizens United decision in 1988.  J. Gerald Hebert, executive director of the Legal Center, said that the decision “exponentially increased the already significant political influence of the very richest while further undermining the influence of the overwhelming majority of Americans.” 

With realkochfacts.com, American Bridge hopes to draw attention to a specific subset of the very richest: Charles and David Koch. According to the website, in conjunction with Americans For Prosperity, the Koch brothers spent more than $122 million during the 2012 electionPolitico also reports that this year, the Koch brothers aim to spend more than $125 million “on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives.” And according to a Politico source close to AFP, the $125 million number is a “very conservative estimate.”

According to a recent New York Times article, the chief aim of AFP is not only to advance Republican candidates, but more importantly, to convince “Americans that big government is bad government.” And with a veritable arsenal of financial ammunition, American Bridge believes that “voters need to know what’s at stake,” especially with midterm elections on the horizon. Gwen Rocco, the spokesperson for American Bridge, told The National Memo,

The organizations the Kochs fund and the extreme conservative candidates they support show the truth behind their agenda: supporting tax cuts for the wealthy, weakening Medicare, and eliminating the minimum wage. The Real Koch Facts project will serve as a daily research, communications and rapid response effort to show voters just how dangerous the Kochs’ self-serving agenda is for working families.

AFP has advanced that agenda in a variety of ways, notably opposing Hurricane Sandy relief, renewable energy, and environmental protection. Given that Koch Industries, America’s second largest private company, is a titan in the petroleum and fossil fuel industry, AFP’s resistance to alternative energy sources and stemming pollution comes as little surprise. It also shows how closely tied the Koch brothers’ personal interests are to their political maneuverings and AFP’s donations.

Following the Hurricane Sandy disaster, AFP’s director of policy wrote to the Senate: “Unless the legislation is fully offset with other spending reductions, I urge you to vote NO on the Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid supplemental.” AFP also sent the same message in opposition to an amendment that sought to provide “$33 billion in funding for long-term projects, including repairs to federal buildings, coastlines and subway tunnels to protect against future disasters.”

In regard to environmental issues, Greenpeace reports that since 1997, the Koch brothers have given over $67 million to groups denying climate change. This is likely spurred by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s finding that “Koch Industries ranked in the top 30 polluters nationwide in airwaterand greenhouse gases.” A Greenpeace examination of lobbying records show that for the past decade, the Koch brothers have deployed more lobbyists than Dow, Dupont, American Petroleum Institute, and the Chamber of Commerce in order to block legislation that seeks to address the “bulk storage of poison gasses at dangerous chemical facilities such as oil refineries, chemical manufacturing facilities, and water treatment plants.” The only organization with more lobbyists for this cause was the American Chemistry Council.

Sen. Reid’s support of Thursday’s proposed constitutional amendment, which he hopes will “grant Congress the authority to regulate and limit the raising and spending of money for federal political campaigns,” comes as a direct attack on the Kochs, their agenda, and their financially backed political influence. With Mitch McConnell voicing the opinion of seemingly the entirety of the GOP, that “in our society, spending is speech,” there is a pronounced inequality in representation. In excerpts of Reid’s remarks obtained by the Washington Post, the Majority Leader points out,

The Supreme Court has equated money with speech, so the more money you have, the more speech you get, and the more influence in our democracy. That is wrong. Every American should have the same ability to influence our political system. One American, one vote. That’s what the Constitution guarantees. The Constitution does not give corporations a vote. And the Constitution does not give dollar bills a vote…

In Reid’s view, “the Kochs’ bid for a hostile takeover of American democracy is calculated to make themselves even richer” — and realkochfacts.com seems poised to prove his argument. 

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  • AlfredSonny

    Looks like the Kock brothers are managing well to remain free despite being the biggest bribers.

    • CPAinNewYork

      They’re free because they’re rich and they bought the Supreme Court.

    • joe schmo

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      Seriously and what about that Steyer……

      • AlfredSonny

        This article explains why the Republicans are more receptive to the bribes!

        • joe schmo

          LOL, what bribes. No such thing. The article is absolutely true. One of the best I’ve read. It shows how the Liberals are ruining Capitalism at every turn. You just can’t believe yourselves and the lies that are spewed at you. No one gets hired by the lone purveyor who sits on the computer gambling on the world’s economic demise. Unfortunately, you just don’t see it or get it.

  • AlfredSonny

    Why is it illegal for college athletes to accept free meals while it is legal for the lawmakers to accept bribes?

    • CPAinNewYork

      Our lawmakers, because they make the laws, have contrived to cloak bribery in the mantle of campaign contributions.

    • voice_reason

      it’s the american way…the best political system that money can buy

  • CPAinNewYork

    Three cheers for Reid and realkochfacts.com. When the truth about those two bastards comes out, they and their sleazebag supporters will have a tough time getting anything done.

    • Technoglyf

      The truth has been and keeps coming out but no one pays attention.
      Partially because of apathy but more because of the big money propaganda machine and media consolidation.

      • CPAinNewYork

        You’re right. Remember when we had laws against individuals owning companies in more than one medium? Do we still have those laws or did Bush and the rest of the Republicans revoke them?

        • joe schmo

          Why don’t you take a look at the people in your court before you get too judgemental…

          http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

          ….and by the way, how did Steyer make his money….that’s right….coal industry….FOTFLOL

          • bsmllc

            I agree Joe. Both sides..but expecially the Democrats lately are doing everything they can to pass laws that will stomp on any kind of logical..or illogical dissent with their policies. It really scares me that the uninformed are buying into the garbage being spewed by partisans. If this keeps up, we will have a dictatorship soon. People will wake up one day and say…I thought we won and then find out they were just used by their leaders because they didn’t bother to verify the “facts” they are being fed by partisans.

          • joe schmo

            You are so right. I don’t think they realize the course of their actions and what the end result will be one day is anyone’s guess. It is really getting crazy out there. To let one anti-colonial jughead along with his puppeteers in tow (Jarrett and Soros) take this once great Country apart. So sad and so obvious. They tend to keep the innocents and ignorants in chains with their social programs. As for the rest of them…..Union/ educators. Over intelligent people who have never left the confines of the classroom and don’t know squat about being out in the real world. Whoever said that the ‘uber’ educated had any common sense. Well they don’t.

            Liberals are oblivious because they just don’t understand ‘facts’ and what about those Republicans. Seems many are socialists in Conservative clothing. Maybe the conservatives should play dirty too, but in a far more fair way. What comes round goes round……

        • melloe

          No Reagan killed the FCC rules, and much more, and Bush Sr made sure the about 200 indictments and lawsuits from about the damage Reagan had done came to naught. Heck, the legislation to pay companies to move out of the US is still on the books as tax incentives and Republicans managed to kill every attempt to correct that and several other things Reagan did. We went from 50 or more media down to 5 or 6 rich dudes or conglomerates owning 98 % or so percent of the media after Reagan and the evil 6 killed most of the FCC rules. A few of the coingress critters still around had a hand in that.

      • bsmllc

        I was just looking at FEC reports. The money war on the amount of large money donated by outside groups for 2014 is being won hands down by…….the Democrats. It is kind of funny that no one is attacking George Soros, Hollywood moguls, Silicon Valley, Unions, Wall Street as being evil or self-centered. I guess you are just angry that they disagree with you and have the money to get their views out. Before you scream at me, I don’t care what they believe. I am one of those undecideds that everyone claims to want. I just don’t learn anything from everyone pointing at each other like first graders and each other names in the hopes I will hate them worst than you. It just disgusts me. Certainly not the American values I try to teach my children in response to bullies.

    • joe schmo

      You have got to be kidding. Reidtard is losing it.

      The tolerance of the left shines through once again…

      Harry Reid proposed changing the US Constitution to ban the conservative Koch Brothers. Unlike Tom Steyer, who plans on giving $100 million to Democrats, the Koch Brothers support conservative candidates.

      Therefore, Harry Reid wants them run out of the country.
      Then I suppose it is OK for your side to make contributions but not ours….and as far as that matter goes it is your side that has the 1% you keep bitching about. Just how many times do I need to keep posting this.

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      I remember Harry well as a kid and so does my Dad for that matter. He was a young politician looking for his first big win in Las Vegas. Reid was really a nobody and, came from all places, Searchlight…..and if you have lived in or near Vegas you know Searchlight is a hole in the wall. For all we know his parents probably owned the local bar there. I believe he worked for the Sheriffs department. His nephew, whom I rodeoed, with rode around the Pahrump arena with a bumper sticker stuck to his horses ass stating, ‘Vote for Harry Reid.’ That was my first recollection of the dude. I think he was a horses ass then and I still feel the same about him today. Back when Bush was in office Peloser and Reidtard were both a laughing stock. Who knew they would become the darlings of the the Liberal cause. Dumb and dumber. Honestly, how does Peloser keep getting voted in. The woman is a total deadhead. ‘We need to pass it to see what’s in it.’ Oh that’s right….it is all the fruits and nuts in SF that vote for her. In my opinion these two buffoons have been in office way toooooo long. I can see why old Harry is a bit ruffled. He is terrified of loosing his position and I certainly hope he does because I think that senility is truly setting in. Not that he has to worry all that much. He’s made millions off of people just like you. Term limits are in order…. I rest my case.

      • Scott Snoopy

        lil pinky reid is coming unglued; his obsession withe the Kochs and now his desire to limit the First Amendment because some folks comments offend him among his numerous other rambling rants…the pressure of not being the “majority leader” must be getting to him.

        • joe schmo

          Scott, you and I are on the same page. You know it really does us a world of good to see what these people have to say. It really makes me feel like I am on the right (no pun intended) side:)

          I loath Pelooser and Reidtard. How Pelosi got into office in the first place. She is a complete airhead.

          By gum, I think you are right….he is terrified of losing his power….. Notice he’s been getting a bit more senile lately. He really needs to go.

          • Scott Snoopy

            well joe, there are more people coming to realize this and the like of terryb the keypunch boy from madison fear losing their place as liberal progressives are shown for what they are…enemies to The Republic.

          • joe schmo

            Isn’t that the truth. We need to keep up the good fight and never give in or give up like the true Americans that we are :)

  • Buford2k11

    There are THREE Koch brothers pursuing a like minded agenda…Billy Bob Koch is the odd man out but shares the same values as his siblings…they are the Enemy of our nation…

    • joe schmo

      No, your side is the enemy of our nation and you don’t even know it.

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      • aspromised

        There’s no “sides”, we’re not defending massive spending by ANYONE. The Koch’s don’t need you to cheerlead for them, they’re doing fine without you.

        • joe schmo

          Of course, they are a force of their own accord. But I need to stick up for Conservatism because you minions think you can bully us with your arrogance. Guess what, we are realllly getting tired of it.

          Such a shame we can no longer meet in the middle, but I don’t really think that is something you want. Sad but true.

  • AlfredSonny

    Mazel tov! Congratulations, Kock brothers! You both just won the an award for the biggest “legal” criminals!

  • mike
    • joe schmo

      Mike you and I are on the same page. They know not what they say…. You might be interested in this article I repeated above. Soooo true it isn’t even funny:) Enjoy!

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      • melloe

        You are a very misguided individual. To start with the author does not even know what socialism is. Do you? If you buy what he has to say, you obviously do not. I mean you posted this nonsense 15 times, so you must.

        • joe schmo

          I don’t get what socialism is? It’s funny how you all say this to me when i know damned well what it is and what it leads to if left unchecked…. LOL My family lived under socialist regimes and escaped from Communism. I heard about it all my life. Yes, I do know what socialism is. Unfortunately, it seems that the American style of socialism is getting eerily close to the Communism I have heard about all my life. The very thing we have loathed for decades is finally creeping into our back door and ‘you’ Liberals are making it happen. Even the modern day European style socialism sucks! We were a unique experiment that only worked for a bit beyond 200 years…. Corruption by the government, brainwashing of children, and suppression of the masses has resulted in an America I really no longer recognize. If you are a criminal you are praised. If you live under a decadent morality, you are hailed as a God. The more perverse and ludicrous you act the more you are accepted. Glad you like it. I’ve never been one to follow the crowd just because it is en vogue. Can’t wait to see this country when you begin to sweat. When the situation that you are praising starts turning against you. Then who will have the last laugh. It certainly will not be the Liberals.

  • terry b

    They should write a book called “How to lose friends and alienate people”. Or it could just easily be called “How to buy an election”. The Koch brothers are living proof that bad behavior is not just for the poor.

    • joe schmo

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      and what about that Steyer, and Soros, and Bloomberg and Zuckenberg……

      • terry b

        They support good candidates. Not the crap that the others do. Big difference when you are spending money to help good people prevail.

        • joe schmo

          LOL, Seriously! What good Liberal candidates? If you could call them that. Coroner, Deblastof, Governor Moonbeam, Peloser, Reidtard and Obummer. Geez, quite a group you have there. All of them set upon destroying what used to be a great country. They are the ruination of this nation…..

          • terry b

            You are so pathetic. Almost beyond belief. Are you a fan of the Nazi Party and even Adolph Hitler? I ask you that because many members of the GOP fit right into that kind of branding. Romney was referred to as Hitler Lite, Rick Perry as a Hitler clone and Rick Santorum was simply similar to a Mullah from Iran which is close to a Hitler being a Hitler clone. Bet you like all three of these men. You are like many of your ilk who fail to see that all three of these men are those who are attempting to strip over half of our citizens of rights that most of us see as sacrosanct. They are ruining this country. A once great party is now nothing more than one that has embraced fascism as their new political belief system. I want to move forward, not backward unlike those who run the current GOP. I feel sorry for you. You are under the spell of what is commonly referred to as intrinsic evil and you are unable to recognize it.

          • joe schmo

            Huh, and you just tell me how we are fascists. Remember, we are not socialists. Nor do we believe in a totalitarian regime. Not quite sure where you all get that idea when it is really you who are much closer to Fascism/Communism. …..Remember Romney lost, Santorum lost, as did Rick Perry…. LOL And what rights are these men stripping you of? Religious freedom (Oh by the way you wish to condemn Christianity), freedom to have an abortion (I really fail to see where Conservatives can prevent that) Loosened Environmental restrictions (Aren’t you the Environmental Nazi’s). Anti-Amnesty (More people to vote for your idiots and more jobs Americans really do want to do), Pro-Corporations(Oh those bad bad big companies, No wonder they leave the country they get taxed to death and hounded by Liberal lawyers), pro guns(oh we have to get rid of those wretched guns so that the criminals can have more and more of them. The better to kill all the innocents). Minorities (they have more rights and more opportunities than they have ever had.) Too bad they have to blow it by hacking on people with the ‘racist’ term and commit more crimes than ever. Gays (hey I don’t have a problem with gays. (My nephew is gay. Just don’t throw it in a young childs face and say they need to understand it. Young children are too impressionable. They don’t get it. Wait until they are a bit older to flaunt it in their face on TV.) Education (don’t force Common core down a child’s throat, allow a parents choice for Charter, private or home school. After all it is a parents choice not the governments) (Colleges are solely Liberal institutions, needs more balance) So who’s telling who how to act.

            You know the old saying a skunk can’t smell his own scent. ‘Intrinsic evil’ that is honestly the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. No the joke is on you. Honest it is. You are the folks that are forcing us to do things against our will. In my opinion that is Communism.

            Communism (from Latin communis – common, universal) is a socioeconomic system structured upon common ownership of the means of production and characterised by the absence of classes, money,and the state; as well as a social, political and economic ideology and movement that aims to establish this social order.

            As you can see by the above ‘Wiki’ definition, it sounds exactly the way you all would like to see this country.

          • terry b

            Are you stupid or just ignorant? The right to choose is sacrosanct. Anyone who would try to strip half of our population is simply a bad person. Voter suppression is what the GOP loves to do to any group that does not support their fascist beliefs. I know that you are way to ignorant to buy into what is so obviously correct to those of us that have more than a modicum of intelligence. Citizens United was one of the worst decisions by the SC in a very long time. Stupid people believe differently. Corporations are not people. I have worked for one my entire life. Guns don’t need to be taken away but only a total moron would be against background checks for anyone wanting to buy a handgun. As long as religious people don’t allow their beliefs to overcome logic and common sense then they are truly great people. Those three guys were anti choice and for voter suppression. I know you are probably to ignorant to know that there is the tax and spend democrats and the borrow and spend republicans which makes them equal in increasing our massive debt. Bet you are to stupid to not believe in climate change. Hard to have a conversation with someone who can’t figure out the simple truth about these subjects that we are discussing. Hopefully Hillary will be in control of the white house for 8 years and we can keep this country from going backwards as the GOP wishes to take us. Hopefully Antonin Scalia will have a massive heart attack and we can finally have a good supreme court to help reverse their evil decisions which have dramatically hurt this country.

          • Scott Snoopy

            once again you prove you are vile narrow minded and hate filled liberal progressive. Wishing death upon someone because they do not support your world view; wow.

            Sadly you are what the liberal progressive socialist communist utopian marxist –SCUM party is. It must your way or no way at all; those who disagree are “nazis, taliban, mentally ill, crazy, blah blah…” Of course when name calling fails; you can distort the truth, create studies to prove your ideas, or use the tried and true “everyone agrees” line.

            In the case of the Koch Brothers, don’t know, don’t work for them, don’t even know anything about them other than the liberal progressive SCUM hate them. When it comes to spending money on candidates their money pales in comparison to unions, health insurance and various other SCUM PACs out there funded by George Soros. To the SCUM, that spending is okay; the “Republicans” and conservatives just have to realize the SCUM PACs are out to help the greater good–sadly for you, conservatives disagree. So liberal progressive SCUM like you resort to insults, wish ill will to people, etc; must be a miserable existence always looking for to create hate.

          • terry b

            As usual you like to prove how mentally deficient you truly are Four years ago is when the GOP was starting to be called “The Crazies”. Rightfully so. SCUM is an acronym created by someone who does not seem to have a very high degree of intelligence. I see why you like the GOP since you to, seem just a tad crazy. These aren’t insults. Just facts to back up as to why these names are used to describe the current GOP. As far as Scalia goes, that is just wishful thinking. According to you, people who like to protect peoples rights are communists!! I would never call you SCUM. Just simply CRAZ! You love to spew meaningless crap with nothing to back up any of what you say. I’m just the opposite. Bill Gates uses up 100’s of million per year just to help people. The Koch’s do just the opposite. Being as ignorant as you seem to be you probably are clueless as to what I am talking about. Have a great night. Hopefully you won’t suffer from anymore brain strain.

          • Scott Snoopy

            ahh the love…so the Koch’s donating monies to build a new wing for cancer research is not good. Gates buying information through pushing common core is good…legally data mining information; yes I see the logic…compared to your ego and self love no one has a high degree of intellect; but that’s cool..it makes you feel superior.

          • terry b

            Since you like criminals I have to see myself in a very terrific way. Thanks for showing me how good a person I am compared to someone like you. Yes, I do feel superior to you but that means so little.

          • Scott Snoopy

            only in your delusional narrow intellect mind keypunch boy are you superior…glad to make you feel better…what a cultist you are…bye now

          • terry b

            Hard to be proud of dealing with someone is as bereft of intelligence as you so apparently are. You do remind me of my dog whose nickname is ‘Retardo the Magnificent’! No teaching her new stuff either.

          • joe schmo

            Ahhh, no. I believe that ideology references you rather than me. Since you choose to use the term stupid all the time…. If I were so ignorant I wouldn’t be here now would I. It is just your tactic to bully me out of here. Won’t work. You see I am learning so much from you all. Specifically what makes you tick and how to contradict you.

            Voter suppression? Where. Remember your guy won fair and square I might add (well…not really) If anyone has committed fraud to win it is your side. If he really did win fair and square we are in deep doo doo. But then again, the pendulum always swings back and forth. Oh and won’t you be the happy violent Liberals when that happens. We have nothing on you when it comes to protesting. Although our patience is really getting rattled.

            Of course there are flaws in what you say. Once again we are not Fascists. You are the socialists comrad. ‘Modicum of intelligence?’ That’s a farce. LOL Just wait until the tables turn. We will be sitting by the sidelines watching you squirm and laughing, of course. ‘Citizens United’ was stupid. Well, I suppose some Americans saw your side as just a little more than a threat to American sovereignty otherwise why would they have created such a group. Oh and by the way, these separate factions on the Conservative side, we still all stick together:)

            You have worked for a Corporation all your life. Well, that Corporation kept you well fed all these years hasn’t it. I’m sure it has provided you with a house, a nice little car, maybe even a nice fat 401 K. Better be careful just in case you ‘corp’ wants to outsource overseas because of all the restrictions and taxes it has to pay to stay here.

            Problem with your comment on hand guns. One rule leads to another which is exactly what old ludicrous Obama is doing as we speak. He has decided to tax the Gun shops right out of business. So don’t give me that baloney about just one little law won’t hurt a soul. Remember one restriction leads to more. No bullets, no small shops. What do you think that will turn honest Americans into? We see this as a fallacy to the Amendments:)

            You’re right, I don’t believe in Climate Change. Apparently China doesn’t either. Pathetic isn’t it that they have so much pollution and there is not a damn thing we can do about it. They create 85% of the carbon emissions today….and your side says they will follow by our example. LOLOLOL No way. But I’m just a stupid moron so what do I know. There is plenty of proof that disproves your theory. Even one of the top Climate Scientists is now debunking the whole idea. Only some of those stupid Americans are still on board of the sinking ship. Oh, by the way, where is Al Gore nowadays. Last I heard he was in a room with a masseuse making sexual gestures towards her.

            Religious people? Now you are treading on heavy soil. Of late, there has been an anti-religious fervor spreading across the U.S. You see it is fine and dandy to be an atheist, gay, agnostic, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, but if you are a Christian you are the lowest of human beings. Shame, shame. God must be shaking his head at you. I can’t predict what will happen to humanity (that’s really Gods job) but, honestly, treading on God’s toes is something that you just don’t do. Good over rules evil every time. You just leave me alone to my own religion and I will leave you alone with your disbelief. Not my problem if you are not a believer. Not at all.

            Of course, Killary. The old hag that she is. Why does her hair always look greasy? You see you envision this Utopian America with uber clean air, freedom of your religion, (not Christianity) where everyone holds hands, shares in the wealth, lives in a communal nature sorority and sings, “I’d like to teach the world to sing.’ Actually, your world is beyond what is possible. It’s a fantasy. LaLa Land. Hello, we still exist and we don’t think like you. We don’t want to be like you. Your unexceptance of us has lead to a major divide. I think the ‘old’ way America was run was just fine. There was nothing really wrong with it. I believe we were making progress in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Yah, we had our idiot presidents but we still worked around them and accepted each other for what we were. Now you want to change it. Wellllll, I think you will have a bit of a roadblock before that can happen. You don’t believe in ideological diversity whatsoever and you preach at us about unacceptance. I would think that is something we all should except. Oh again, about Hillary. After seeing her in action as Secretary of State. We will get to see her inaction in action. Loser. I predict she will not get voted in for a 2nd term because by then it will have gotten so bad most will want her out.

            Sorry, the only ones hurting this country is you. When you wake up from your Utopia and realize this was a mistake, it will be wayyyyy to late. You will have destroyed the greatest nation on earth with your radical ideology and we will all be calling each other comrad.

          • terry b

            I would love to denigrate you but it is totally unnecessary. You did that all by yourself. Three quarters of your post is nothing but inane babble. You bypass all the facts that back up all of my arguments mainly because you have none to back up yours. Do you even know what voter suppression is? And why it is? Only someone lacking a modicum of intelligence would not know the answers to these questions. The pendulum does swing but hopefully it will not fulfill Hitler’s prediction of a rise of a fourth Reich. Only a total moron cannot see the similarities of the current GOP ideology and the old Nazi Party. I shouldn’t have to explain that to anyone. Even a right wing loon knows exactly of what I am referring to. I know that you are one of them but apparently do not have the necessary brain power to figure out why the comparison is so appropriate. You can join Retardo the Magnificent in the land of moronville that the two of you seem to dwell in.

          • joe schmo

            Talk about an ignoramus. You don’t even know what a Fascist is. I don’t think any of you do. Nor do you understand Communism or Capitalism. Conservatives are far far removed from Fascism or Communism. However Liberals are becoming Communists. Look it up Terry because obviously you really don’t know. Do I have to spell it out for you. My family lived and escaped from these regimes. So don’t tell me that I don’t understand them. I know all to well how suppressive and miserable they are.

            Again, I stake my claim. YOU DO NOT KNOW CONSERVATIVES. Right Wing loon would not be agreeing with you either. I don’t know of one Conservative who would.

            Mark my word, when that almighty dollar goes you will be crying the blues, and that dream of a utopian paradise, well it will disintegrate into the abyss of Hell and bring you back down to earth where you belong.

          • terry b

            As far as social issues go, many conservatives seem to share fascist views. Fascists love to strip people of very important rights. Such as the right to choose and/or vote. Even you have to know that only conservatives back such things. Communism is all about a shared collective like a bunch of bees. Nobody likes it much. You don’t seem to understand much. Of course no true conservative is going to admit to being called a right wing loon since the description fits them. You are probably so mindless that you don’t even know about the terms “Loony Left” and “Retarded Right” came about. Maybe the problem here was referring to a fascist person as a right wing loon when the better name would be a member of the retarded right. Lets face the facts. On social issues, conservatives are pretty much mildly retarded, at least. They are referred to as that as they seem to have a problem with knowing what the word “fairness” means. Conservatives are far removed from being communists as everyone agrees. They are on the same page as fascists, however, when it comes to protecting peoples rights. Ignorance seems to permeate the followers of the current GOP and you seem to be living proof of that statement.

          • joe schmo

            Now who is thinking backwards. In this day and age all of us have compassion for our fellow man. After all, that is the American way. By the way, the Conservatives are all over the immorality of Muslim women. I have not heard one thing from any of you regarding that subject.

            Regarding the vote. Conservatives are all about laws and abiding by them. I am not talking about the representatives per se. I am referring to regular folks like you and I. I know a lot of Conservatives and a lot of Liberals. You want to bend the rules we don’t. You would have the illegals vote in this next election if you could. No way Jose. They are not citizens and, over my dead body, will they be allowed to become as such. My parents came over here the hard and legal way.

            Again, since you don’t seem to be able to comprehend each faction, I will describe them to you.

            Fascism – looks after the middle class. I suppressive in their brainwashing of the masses through nationalistic propaganda. Wealth is also allowed to flourish. You will be killed if you don’t agree.

            Communism – Rich Government/Poor inhabitant. The Government owns everything. Your property, your house, your school. The government tells you what to do. Propaganda is instituted educationally. Wealth is spread around equally. Everyone gets equal minimal pay and works a regular 8-5 with no overtime. This regime lacks inspiration and innovation. Medicine is payed for by the government. Cars are expensive, food is expensive, and all goods are expensive (often you have to stand in line for food. If you don’t agree with the government you will be killed. (This sounds like the direction we are headed in)

            Capitalism- is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets and wage labor. In a capitalist economy, the parties to a transaction typically determine the prices at which assets, goods, and services are exchanged. These include laissez-faire capitalism, welfare capitalism and state capitalism; each highlighting varying degrees of dependency on markets, public ownership, and inclusion of social policies. Proponents of capitalism argue that it creates more prosperity than any
            other economic system, and that its benefits are mainly to the ordinary
            person. You see social policies are included. Which distinguishes aid to the poor and disabled.

            Captitalism has it’s flaws, however it is the best out of the three.

            FAIRNESS….you have no clue what that term even entails. You are ideologically prejudice and that in itself is unexceptable by the Liberal standard. Very hypocritical don’t yah think?

          • terry b

            Long winded but wrong as usual. Voter suppression goes against minorities, poor and even the disabled. Anyone who votes for democrats. You have to try using your brain once and a while. Fascists are factions that love to strip people of rights that they so richly deserve. You never seem to be able to bring up the incredibly superb Roe v Wade ruling giving women the right to choose. Or how about every health care plan on earth should include birth control? Since that prevents abortion you would think that even the religious nutcases would be all for it. Try using a little logic and common sense in your posts. You seem to have a real problem with that. Every intelligent person knows that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent and therefore Voter ID laws serve only one purpose. To suppress the votes of people that disagree with the fascists that create these type of laws. Show me a pro choice conservative and I will listen to anything such a person espouses because they know that it exists for a very good reason. Have a good night and stay away from retardo the magnificent aka Scott Snoopy. He loves his new moniker. That’s not name calling. It’s just being honest. He has a problem with that as do you.

          • joe schmo

            Unfortunately, you just don’t get it. Wasn’t it the New Black Panthers that tried to prevent some white folks from voting. Your side is far from innocent. You have plenty of prejudice people in your camp. You still don’t understand Fascism and you never will. Remember what I said…they look after the middle class. We are becoming ‘po folk’ and being taken over by father government. Now what regime does that point to? Please…

            Using my brain. I think I do thank you very much. I also don’t have to worry about Roe vs Wade because I believe in a women’s right to choose. So there you have it a pro choice Conservative. My mother was also pro choice and I believe there are others like us out there. You just don’t want to believe that any Conservative has different views. You see as American’s we used to be able to make up our minds what we believed in and it really didn’t matter what side you were on. There were no extremes. Birth control was provided by Planned Parenthood. You know the nonprofit that helped young people get birth control. Why should we have the government interfere. If a woman wanted to get birth control she could. If she wanted an abortion that was up to her. Honestly, no one ever stopped anyone from doing what they wanted until now….And no, not everyone should have to pay to support birth control if they don’t want to. It should be a choice.

            You know Terry, you make it sound like you are superior to me and, the conclusion I am coming to is you are not. I am almost certain that I have more education than you. You are just blowing smoke out of your ass and being quite ideologically prejudice. For someone who preaches equality and acceptance for all, you sure don’t include Conservatives. You know, those people who think differently than you. One of the reasons I am here is to stick up for my side because, well, your side wants to take everything over and that is suppression at it’s finest. We don’t like it. Who put you in control anyway. It just goes to show that you can’t handle power.

            ….and by the way, why should Scotty and I have a problem. We don’t. We just think differently than you and you just can’t handle it. I would accept you if you would do the same. Since you are intent on degrading the Conservatives, I feel I should be allowed to do the same to you on your turf. What comes round goes round, honey.

        • Scott Snoopy

          good liberal progressive socialist communist utopian marxist–SCUM candidates that wish to devolve the country into a liberal progressive democracy and destroy the the Constitutional representative Republic it is.

          • terry b

            I bet that you are a fan of Sarah Palin! Her league of moron’s is vast and you seem to fit right in.

          • Scott Snoopy

            I support your favorite gov too…because I love criminals…

          • terry b

            Thanks for such an honest response. This explains your many posts. Only criminals themselves would actually have a good opinion of Wisconsin’s worst governor.

          • Scott Snoopy

            what a clown you are…Wisconsin is lucky to have Walker, like Texas is to have Perry and PA has Corbett…bye keypunch boy

          • terry b

            As Germany was lucky to have Adolph Hitler. Keep your stupid opinions to yourself. Unless you are a fan of Hitler, Perry and Walker. Guess there is no stopping someone who is a fan of those three.

          • Scott Snoopy

            you are the only one who brings up Hitler and Nazis and war on women…must be your obsessions and favorite fetishes. Its sad to see you called your dog Retardo the Magnificent; obviously you have no respect for animals either as they reflect the actions and characteristics of their owner. Bye keypunch boy, enjoy your daily trips through your version of reality..you and the rest of your liberal progressive socialist communist utopian marxist SCUM…its too bad you won’t seek help and medication; your hate will kill you one day

          • terry b

            My hatred for Scott Walker and total disdain for Rick Perry is what brings me out here. My many friends who agree with me on all the reasons as to why I feel the way I do about two despicable politicians but who want me to not allow it to become an obsession. They are right. If hate kills, Scalia and maybe Walker would die a little sooner than hoped. Well, actually Scalia because he is a pure monster. You do need to see a psychiatrist but I see that that is beyond your capability to realize why you seem to idolize those who seem like to imitate the mere characteristics of the actual Hitler. I have had many of my Jewish friends tell me why the GOP is considered as the Nazi’s and the American Taliban. They understand the similarities. Something that you are unable to do. The War On Women is real and only someone that doesn’t believe the holocaust ever happened would believe differently. Facts have a problem with those who can’t see the truth. Goodbye Retardo Boy

          • Scott Snoopy

            blah blah blah blah…save your fingers just cut and paste; you are that repetitive. Your “friends” agree with you what a surprise…liberal progressive socialist communist utopian marxist –SCUM always agree with one another; their blind following to the cult and the indoctrination is all your ilk know…no matter your supposed intellect you all suffer from AIDS…acquired INTELLECTUAL deficiency syndrome and cannot possibly think beyond the pablum the like of this page, huffpo, media matters, salon all spew. Funny like you they all have visceral hatred for anyone or thought that they disagree with.

            keypunch boy you are the only one who brings up Nazis…they were pure evil; unlike your liberal America Jewish friends and you, I have seen the remnants of the camps. I have seen the evil of the Taliban…not this pseudo war the SCUM have created because some people don’t buy into “free” bcp’s for all, or that abortion is the greatest thing since canned beer; oh that’s right you pride yourself on helping end a life. Boggles the mind, must be in the water up there in Madison; this early on set dementia and anger are dangerous, consider 302ing yourself for evaluation.

            What a pathetic excuse you are for even a metrosexual male…by keypunch boy

          • terry b

            Very articulate for someone who I considered to be mildly retarded. You are truly beyond help. I didn’t realize that even crazy people can be articulate and mentally deficient at the same time. You are living proof that you are not just an asshole but one who simply does not see the difference between right and wrong. Anyone with intelligence knows that I am right on these subjects and you are absurdly wrong. Have a good life Retardo the Magnificent!!

  • Angel Perea

    KEEPING IT THOUGHTFULLY HONEST: Big and Dark Money now creates more than ever legalize Political Prostitution: So according to News reports, the Koch brothers were born with a golden spoon in their mouths
    and using their “given riches” to secretly fund Freedom Partners and the rightwing radical advocacy group Americans for Prosperity to under-mind and destroy our American democracy!
    “The historical factual hypocrisy, one that the Kochs don’t like to repeat
    in public: the family’s initial wealth was not created by the harsh, creative
    forces of unfettered capitalism, but by the grace of the centrally-planned
    economy of the Soviet Union. This deserves repeating: The Koch family,
    America’s biggest pushers of the free-market Tea Party revolution, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the whim of one of Stalin’s comrades.” So I will use MY FREE SPEECH (my money)
    to do my part as an American consumer by NOT BUYING their products! No longer on my shopping list are:
    Angel Soft and Quilted Northern,
    Brawny and Sparkle paper towels, Dixie cups (& napkins & plates),
    Vanity Fair, Mardis Gras napkins, Zee
    Napkins and Perfect Touch cups, paper products!

    PlanetPOV references Levin’s
    website, The Exiled, in his Peoples’ History of the Koch Industries: “the Tea Clown Party revolutionaries fear and hate socialism as much as the Anti-Christ. Which is funny because the Tea Party movement’s dirty little secret is that it owes it’s existence to the granddaddy of all antichrists: The godless empire of the USSR.” Levine’s research that “Fred Koch
    basically made a pile of money working for the Bolsheviks in the 20’s and 30’s building refineries, training Communists and laying down the foundation of the Soviet oil infrastructure.”For more details, Levine wrote a series there called, “A Peoples History of Koch Industries: How Stalin Funded The Tea Clown Party Movement.” Together with Mark Ames they
    set up a website which has a treasure trove of information on the Clown Tea Party and the Koch family. Their work has been praised by Vanity Fair and MSNBC.
    I highly recommend their site in addition to other media in understanding this scourge on our country.” For the record, I am just the Free Speech messenger! Go to a complete list:
    http://www.boycottkochbrothers.com/
    and http://planetpov.com/2013/05/28/38952/

    http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140422/GZ01/140429746

    http://news.yahoo.com/tea-party-running-steam-124416440.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory

    http://sanders.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm?gpiv=2100115013.10539.446&gen=1

  • ExRadioGuy15

    It’s about f*cking time a PAC went against the Kochs, the faces of American Fascism and Vampire Capitalism…

    • joe schmo

      Fascism is incorrect. More your speed. Vampire Capitalism. Conservatives would agree upon. However one little group of Kochs against the ravages and likes of Steyer, Bloomberg, Soros etc….. Hmmmmm

      http://nikitas3.com/1083/why-are-so-many-rich-people-liberals/

      • AlfredSonny

        No wonder why the Republicans are more receptive to the bribes to protect Kocks and their cronies!

        • joe schmo

          LOL, and that’s the only leg you have to stand on? The demise of the Koch’s. You would just love that wouldn’t you. To once again get your way and get your way, and get your way. You forget that there are other Americans who do not think like you and who live in this Country that do not want to follow your rules. Problem with you Democrats is the fact that it is either your way or the highway. Not if we have something to say about it.

          You can follow your decadent immoral principals if you choose. Just don’t make us follow your lead. It’s unAmerican if you ask me. You can take your Soros and Steyer and Bloomberg and the Hollywood elites and stuff them where the sun don’t shine. What are these people when we are all starving. A bunch of rich assholes. A bunch of worthless actors. They won’t mean a thing. When we have no money or anything to put in our bellies, the word ‘food’ will be the most important word in the American language.

      • ExRadioGuy15

        JS: “Fascism is incorrect” proves that the GOP’s multi-decade Fascist gaslighting propaganda campaign has been a smashing success…that campaign has got you and about 50 million other GOPers being fearful, ignorant and addled by cognitive dissonance. You’ve now proven Karl Rove correct: you and millions of others are truly “Useful Idiots” to the GOP…Congrats

        • joe schmo

          You really don’t have a clue do you? You need to look up Fascism and Communism. Then look up Capitalism.

          Fascists – Strong Middle class, dictator style government, Strong national consensus, Suppression of the masses through brainwashed ideology and death to those who don’t agree.

          Communists- Poor masses and elite government. Everyone is on the same level. No innovation. Suppression through force. Standing in line for food. Government owns everything even your home. Cars are extremely expensive and everyone is in fear of retribution for speaking up about anything.

          Both socialist totalitarian regimes.

          Capitalism – Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets and wage labor.

          Fearful, ignorant and addled. Not really. If anything we are aware there is a flaw on both sides of the isle. Something you have not even acknowledged yet. Soooo who are truly the ‘useful idiots.’ Certainly not us.

          • ExRadioGuy15

            NDFL (nearly dead from laughing) Wow, you truly are ignorant….how about you just stop talking? Your Fascist gaslighting propaganda campaign may work on others, but not on me or anyone else who possesses intelligence….

  • voice_reason

    it’s about time someone took action! thank you! can’t wait to hear what Fox will cry foul about over this website. They may even start fact checking….naw that would be against their nature and really would give John Stewart some new targets to shoot at

  • charleo1

    What is clear, is the Right Wing, politicos, and their powerful supporters on the Supreme Court, believe this money fueled free for all, is going to work in their favor. And it’s ultimate consequences to democracy be damned. And, apparently, their not nearly so rich supporters, seem willing as well, to let partisanship, and polarization cloud their better judgements. And relinquish by proxy, their own responsibilities to the Republic, to the Kochs, and the other corporate interests to yes, by all means, spend as much as it takes, to pursue an agenda that hasn’t a single common interest with their own. Except defeating the other political party. But, they believe it’s somehow, mysteriously is going to benefit them, by osmosis, or by some, as yet other unexplained process. Whereby most of the power is concentrated in a relatively small number of interests, that will control the govt. set the agenda, write their own rules, decide which laws would be most beneficial to their own collective bottom lines. And, all that will result in a better overall Country. That indeed, there is that point in some as yet to be defined future, when enough of the wealth created at the bottom of the pyramid, and whisked to the top, will gush out, and rain glorious wealth upon the working classes. But first they must trust, and turn the Central Govt. over to the Kochs, and the Sheldon Adelisons of the world. The Govt. is the problem. They make sure they hear that message, if nothing else, each day. So allow us they say, to squeeze it, and shrink it, and unshackle you from it’s taxing, and regulating bonds. And, you’ll have your Country back. With all the freedoms, and liberties the Forefathers envisioned. But, it all comes down to trust. First you must trust us.

  • bsmllc

    I don’t understand the absolute need of the extremists on both sides to personally attack the champions on the other side as evil. Why is it so hard to understand that most of us want a prosperous country with equal and expanding opportunity for all? Apparently, if one of us disagrees on what is the best policy to achieve those goals, then we are evil people and need to be destroyed. I think the Koch brothers believe that the Federal Government policies are inefficient and continue the economic and personal freedom slavery of those it claims to want to help and protect. Whether “Big” government is bad or not, the policies of the last 40+ years toward helping the poor escape poverty and achieve economic freedom is not working. On the contrary, the problems are worsening. We have to do something. Either fix what we have or try something new. Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But labeling someone as “evil” because they disagree with you….that is truly an awful and evil tactic. It certainly does not bring us all together and smacks of Hitler and other dictators whose response to dissent was to destroy it.

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