Anonymous Joins Madison Protests, Takes Down Koch Bros Website

After opening up a lobbying office in downtown Madison and pouring millions of dollars into Scott Walker’s campaign, the Koch brothers appeared to be one step closer to pushing ahead with their union busting despite hundreds of thousands of protesters in Madison. 

But on Sunday the cyber protest group Anonymous joined the protesters across the nation in what they described as a battle against  “the Koch brothers attempt to usurp democracy.”  The first shot came when the Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity was knocked offline.

Anonymous put the Koch brothers on notice via a press release that said “[i]t has come to our attention that the brother, David and Charles Koch- the billionaire owners of Koch Industries-have long attempted to usurp American Democracy.  Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw.  Starting today we fight back.”

The release continued, calling the brothers oligarchs intent on scooping up Wisconsin’s publicly owned utility plants and accusing them of stirring unrest and undermining the democratic process.

The support couldn’t have come at a better time as Madison police were told to clear out protesters after nearly two-weeks of non-stop protesting.  Some protesters left voluntarily, while others resisted peacefully, subjecting themselves to arrest.  The doors of the Capitol were closed at 4 p.m. but the protests continued on through Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, Mother Jones is reporting that Wisconsin Republican Senator Dale Schultz had a change of heart and would not be supporting the union-busting bill.  Assuming the reports are correct, then only two other Republican Senators would need to change their minds in oder to successfully block the measure.

For more on the protests in Madison and around the country, click here.

photo courtesy of marctasman via Flickr

272 comments

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

john hall
john hall5 years ago

Nancy D.
I agree with the tax part but dont fool yourself by saying just the gop only cares for the wealthy . 7 out of the top 10 politician's where demos both party's are so wealthy they dont care because they dont understand what we go thru . when obama is telling the american people to tighten there belts and they live high off the hog . the obamas especially michell is so out of touch it's unbelievable they should lead by example and practice what they preach . but the the majority of liberal and demo's on this site look at what they do is nothing wrong .

nancy d.
nancy B.5 years ago

John Hall - The GOP are the ones who only care for the wealthy. They have not been connected to the middle class in decades!!!! Right now they are calling for a recall in Wisconsin. Make an example of these GOPers.
Not only do oil companies get tax breaks, they don't pay any taxes at all!!! If the tax loopholes for big companies are closed, the taxes on imported goods increased, no cap on incomes regarding social security contributions. We need to bring the jobs that were outsourced home!!!!

Lika S.
Lika S.5 years ago

Anonymous is good. Shut those Koch brothers up, they're not voters of Wisconsin. They have no say. Their money is NOT more important than me. I am a Wisconsin resident, voter and a mom.

Charles T.
Charles T.5 years ago

Egyptians, Tunisains , Yemenis are poor people under educated and they have realized that a handfull of people are sucking the wealth of the nation and treating them like cattle . And they stood up and are firing the tyrans
How a people , like Americans, educated and knowing what freedom and democracy mean, can still suffer to be stolen from their freedom, their democracy and even their dignity by a handful of scoundrels , like yhe Koch brothers , the bankers and the odious greedy gangsters of Wall Steet ?
It is time to raise l´échafaud ( the scaffold) , it is time to take up the Wall Steet- Bastiile .
Time has come now for a true american middle class revolution: to behead Goldma´s , Koch´s Soros´scoundrels and the corrupted politics and to bring back the western values of true democracy!!!
A French man

Joanna Clark
Joanna Clark5 years ago

Well, I see that no republicans took my challenge to answer the question as to why we are subsidizing the oil cartel who makes more than $400 billion in profit, pays little to no taxes, to the tune of $41 billion a year of our tax dollars.

And for those of you who don't like the idea of socialized medicine, please explain why we are paying 17% or more of our GDP for health care, as compared to the 6- to 8% of other industrialized nations with socialized medicine, and they live longer and healther lives.

The Anon
The Anon5 years ago

If you don't believe me about neocons purposely ruining the economy. Read up on their 'Starve the beast' philosophy.

The Anon
The Anon5 years ago

"Our country is broke. Our gov't is wanting to lead us into socialism and 'one world order'. EVERYONE, including the teachers in WI needs to tighten their belts and try to keep out country from becoming a 3rd world country"

Take off the tin-foil hat. This is corporate doing, not the gov't, will defunding education actually fix our budgets? no. The repubs are trying to ruin the economy to force the gov't to cut program funding to (in my opinion) give corporations more power over our gov't.

The Anon
The Anon5 years ago

"Robert H,
Preaching to those liberals is useless. They don't care that we are broke!"

For the last time, this isn't a money issue. It has been pointed out that destroying unions wont even come close to fixing the budget. This is intended as an attack funded by corporate monies to weaken the middle class.

Ruth M.
Ruth M.5 years ago

Our country is broke. Our gov't is wanting to lead us into socialism and 'one world order'. EVERYONE, including the teachers in WI needs to tighten their belts and try to keep out country from becoming a 3rd world country