Koch Bros. Help Bankroll Florida Voter Purge

With Florida in a very ugly stand-off with the Department of Justice over Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s massive voter purge Robert Greenwald reports on how the Koch brothers are bankrolling those voter suppression efforts.

The billionaire brothers gave $100,000 donation to a Florida group called Protect Your Vote in 2010. The deceptively-named group was created to fight ballot initiatives designed to guarantee fair redistricting in the wake of excessive gerrymandering by the right. These initiatives, known as Amendments 5 and 6 said that district boundaries couldn’t be drawn to favor a political party, deny minorities equal opportunity, or be gerrymandered.

The initiatives passed, as they should. After all, fair redistricting efforts benefit all constituencies, not just specific special interests.

So why did the Koch brothers oppose them? Greenwald breaks it down:

But who could have opposed such sensible guidelines? Anyone with a vested interest in maintaining control over the political process instead of trusting the public to govern itself. Anyone, that is, who wants to preserve the illusion of public accountability while rigging results behind the scenes — creating suppression in effect, if not in name. Could there be a more apt description of the Koch brothers’ modus operandi?

Meddling in the Florida redistricting process isn’t the end of the Koch brothers efforts to buy, cheat and steal their way to an electoral victory in November. They help drive the Voter ID bills pushed by the American Legislative Council (ALEC) which are specifically designed to make it more difficult for vulnerable populations to vote.

It’s a deeply disturbing short-term and long-term strategy designed to permanently wrest governing control in states all across the country and it’s well past time they are held accountable for it.

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206 comments

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

Something to think about.

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Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper3 years ago

so the cock brothers are bankrolling voter suppression. Is this supposed to be a surprise?

Robert Irons
Robert Irons3 years ago

This is the organization behind the voter purge in the state of Florida! Republican dirty politics to buy the presidential election again!

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

Get those KOCHroaches $$$ out of Florida. Stop the GOP election rigging scam tactics to purge Democrat voters from the voters role. The DOJ needs to send the military down here to protct citizens right to vote. No repeat of the 2000 Bush fiasco cheating stop count plan.

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

Get those KOCHroaches $$$ out of Florida. Stop the GOP election rigging scam tactics to purge Democrat voters from the voters role. The DOJ needs to send the military down here to protct citizens right to vote. No repeat of the 2000 Bush fiasco cheating stop count plan.

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

Get those KOCHroaches $$$ out of Florida. Stop the GOP election rigging scam tactics to purge Democrat voters from the voters role. The DOJ needs to send the military down here to protct citizens right to vote. No repeat of the 2000 Bush fiasco cheating stop count plan.

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

Get those KOCHroaches $$$ out of Florida. Stop the GOP election rigging scam tactics to purge Democrat voters from the voters role. The DOJ needs to send the military down here to protct citizens right to vote. No repeat of the 2000 Bush fiasco cheating stop count plan.

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

Get those KOCHroaches $$$ out of Florida. Stop the GOP election rigging scam tactics to purge Democrat voters from the voters role. The DOJ needs to send the military down here to protct citizens right to vote. No repeat of the 2000 Bush fiasco cheating stop count plan.

Ira L.
Ira & Ellie L.3 years ago

OBAMA-BIDEN 2012
WITH A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE
IMPEACH RICK SCOTT FOR ILLEGAL VOTER PURGE -- A HIGH CRIME/MISDEMEANOR
OUTLAW FLORIDA FROM ANY VOTER PARTICIPATION IN THIS ELECTION BEAT BACK THE KOCKROACH BROTHERS!

Don H.
Don H.3 years ago

Donna F, but propaganda works. Public perception is changed by these million dollar advertisements. I've watched it change the election results here in Ohio. And that was before citizens united. People are caught up in their daily lives, they won't do research. I don't think it is a matter of being lazy.