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.
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