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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