Saturday, February 25, 2012

All Koch'd Up

An interesting twist on the money flowing into Wisconsin from the Koch Bros have been pouring into individual campaigns, PACS and their shill "non-partisan" organizations, MacIver Institute, Wisconsin Reporter and Americans for Prosperity played out this week...

On February 19th, David Koch gave an interview to the Palm Beach Post (lol - as opposed to the East Brunswick Sentinel) and said a few things about Scott Walker and the recalls that has generated a request for an investigation in to how Mr. Koch spends his money through groups which by law are not supposed to be campaigning.

Koch said in regard to the "It's Working" ads costing $700,000 and sponsored by AFP:
"We're helping him, as we should. We've gotten pretty good at this over the years," David Koch is quoted as saying about Walker. "We've spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We're going to spend more."
Yeah, that may have been a little too revealing. Dems filed a complaint on Thursday with the GAB with a copy forwarded to the IRS which claims Koch is using tax exempt dollars to fund organizations which are participating in campaigning on behalf of certain candidates. It's against the law.

Now the Siren knows dear reader what your response may be: Duh! But this marks the first time anyone has actually gone after big poppa himself. It is also true that Wisconsin laws in this area are not ironclad, but the more important aspect of the complaint is that many states who also are being bought with Koch dollars do have better laws on the books about campaign collusion. Perhaps they are a sick as Wisconsinites in having their democracy bought by a handful of billionaires who are gaming the system.

What Wisconsin has done so effectively for the last year is the lead the nation - this is hopefully another lead for others to follow. Good.