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Kochs Team Up With Scott Brown, Mitt Romney To Destroy Democracy

Kochs Team Up With Scott Brown, Mitt Romney To Destroy Democracy

Republican want to gain control of the Senate as much as they want the White House. And nowhere is this more apparent than Massachusetts where, despite earlier pledges by Sen. Scott Brown (R) to run a clean race, a whole lot of dark and dirty money has been flowing to his campaign, courtesy of the Koch brothers.

America 360 is a new super PAC funded almost entirely by a donation from the Koch energy company Oxbow Carbon, LLC. is throwing it’s weight behind Brown because, for the Koch brothers, he’s the obviously more business-friendly choice.

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America 360 made its first move in favor of Brown last week, when the group spent around $200,000 on mailers accusing Warren of favoring higher taxes, more spending and increasingly burdensome regulations. Warren has frequently targeted Brown for his support for continued oil subsidies, a significant issue for the Koch family considering their billions of dollars of interests in the industry.

Unaccountable election spending is to be expected with the Koch brothers and their Republican minions. It’s an integral part of their strategy to dominate American politics. But the Koch’s are not stopping there. At least 45,000 employees of Koch Industries paper subsidiary Georgia-Pacific received a packet of voting information directing them to vote for a list of Koch-endorsed candidates. Not surprisingly, every candidate on the list was a Republican.

Romney urges others to join in

Other Republicans are following the Kochs’ lead on electioneering in the workplace. Timeshare mogul David Siegel wrote to his employees telling them to vote for Mitt Romney or lose their job. In addition,ThinkProgress has published audio from a conference call in June that captures Romney instructing business owners to urge their employees to vote for him. From the audio:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

If a major political party is unable to run publicly and proudly on its platform, if its candidates and supporters must resort to threats, intimidation and potentially criminal tactics to suppress voters and sway the election, what does it say about the strength and principles of that party? In the case of the modern-day GOP it says that consolidating power among the wealthiest and most corrupt is its singular goal, and they will do anything and say anything to get there, democracy be damned.

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12:00AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

"If a major political party is unable to run publicly and proudly on its platform, if its candidates and supporters must resort to threats, intimidation and potentially criminal tactics to suppress voters and sway the election, what does it say about the strength and principles of that party? In the case of the modern-day GOP it says that consolidating power among the wealthiest and most corrupt is its singular goal, and they will do anything and say anything to get there, democracy be damned."

Democracy be damned, indeed! Amen!

6:33PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thanks to the insightful comments by my friends Ron B, & Gene J and by Leslie G, John C, Reece C and Luvenia V. You all have it so right!

6:15PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

What is wrong with the Supreme Court that they allow this blatant attack on our freedom and liberrty! Our elections used to be honest, no more I'm afraid when the corporations & Koch Bros buy election results.

11:02PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Michael M, Jack E., Dorothy and the Daily KOS have all this election bull exactly by the horns> and we are the horns of a dilema. I think our best bet? Have our Elections monitored by an International Panel! Not an UN panel... but Perhaps one selected by Jimmy Carter and Dr. Cornel West.
I have stepped down as "an Election Inspector" because like Greg Palast, BBC, I expect this to be a TOTALLY corrupt election and I don't want to be any part of it. For example, it is an absolute travesty the way Fox, ABC and CNN reported that Romney WON the last debate./ Surely they jest.
This is incredulous-- as incredulous as a Romney Presidency. Vote Third Party.

11:36AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

ROTFL hqahahahahaaha Elaine telling people to get real…..Hilarious

7:43AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Grace, for some added insight to the thinking behind this watch Bill Moyers show from the weekend called Plutocracy Rising.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-plutocracy-rising/

3:04AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

In order for anything to be politically feasible in the United States, it MUST be at least as profitable for each too big to fail firm affected as business as usual would be. That largely accounts for the interests of the 1%. For the 99%, the three problems that I believe to be serious enough to try to cut a deal with the 1% that meets the needs of the 99% are: 1) Save farms from Climate Catastrophe, 2) Fix whatever is wrong with mainstream American allopathic medicine that makes it cost almost twice as much money as the average cost of health care for other industrialized nations plus killing roughly 200,000 Americans a year, and 3) Support the poor at whatever level of modest comfort will minimize their cost to society--keep them in reasonably good health so they don't end up in the emergency room more than middle-income Americans and keep them sufficiently busy that they don't get into more trouble with the law than middle-income Americans. In many cases a community service employment program would both provide them with the income for modest comfort and keep them busy. Fpr saving farms from Climate Catastrophe, BUYING fossil fuel reserves to keep as reserves needs to be part of the program.

7:51PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Elaine - of all people telling ANYone else to get real. LOL and can't stop!

2:18PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks to the Kochs, Adelsons, Rove, Pope, and of course the GOP . . .

Republican attempts to reduce voter turnout in minority neighborhoods are so widespread that, at the request of American civil rights groups, international monitors will oversee our elections:

United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week.[...]

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. It's part of a broader observation mission that will send out an additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

124 to 134 may not be enough obeservers.

12:34PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks Jack for the Star. It had to be said and shared.

Did I mention today that President Obama is on track to win the electoral vote if the election were held today and in November by a margin of 288 to 250? And that there is an 87% chance the Senate will remain a Democratic Majority?

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