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Kochs Throw $50,000-A-Head Romney Fundraiser

Kochs Throw $50,000-A-Head Romney Fundraiser

The billionaire brothers behind some of the worst legislation sweeping the states and D.C. came out publicly in support of Mitt Romney, hosting a lavish $50,000-a-head fundraising party for Romney in the Hamptons confirming that the Romney ticket will effectively function as a Koch surrogate.

The event drew about 200 protesters who marched to David Koch’s mansion and gathered outside while the Southampton Police, NY State Troopers, private security and Secret Service stood guard. Organizers included Occupy Wall Street, MoveOn and the Long Island Progressive Coalition and targeted the billionaires for corrupting the democratic process.

Normally campaign fundraisers don’t draw these kinds of protests, but since David and his brother Charles Koch have become the two most visible benefactors of far right causes via dark money, that has changed. That’s why protesters didn’t target Romney per se, but the Koch brothers and their willingness to spend as much as $400 million in undisclosed dollars in the November election.

As Clare O’Connor reports, the protesters were not just progressives, but lawyers in boat shoes who are equally concerned with billionaires buying elections and with candidates like Romney who are all too eager to be bought.

It’s clear public opinion is against Romney and his billionaire benefactors, but the problem we face is that may not be enough. With literally endless amounts of money to spend buying elections we’re past the point of crisis in this country. Each election cycle is only getting more expensive and the policies that result more damaging for the vast majority of Americans. Pretty soon, there won’t be anything left for them to steal.

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8:57AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

Get the 2 rabid KOCHroaches out of politics! Vote Obama come rain or shine, help your neighbor to the polls.

3:02AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Yes, the Koch brothers are a problem--a huge problem. With unlimited wealth, they think they can (and maybe they can) buy any vote, throw any election. But remember who gave them that "right"--the supreme court (or "the ring-wraiths" as I,not so fondly, call them). The majority of these nine "people" have trashed our Bill-Of-Rights and our Constitution. Their decisions are based, not on Constitiutional Law as it should be, but on what the repugs want.
If the Koch Brothers are giving new (and dark) meaning to "buy American" (laws, lawyers, congress, senate, supreme court) the supreme court cleared the road for them!

9:19AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

My Daddy told me,it's always good to know people in high places.
Romney knows them and they are supporting him.

I always loved the Koch Brothers,I love them more now.

The Obamaians are just jealous.

1:11PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

The Koch boys are the men-who-would-be-kingmakers. They don't want the job themselves - too messy, all that handshaking with the proletariat - yuck! They want to be the ones pulling the strings for the Great and Wonderful Oz. Is this democracy?

8:36PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

[...continued] in order to keep as many people who are likely to vote against them from being able to vote at all, and to buy the election in general.

8:32PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Obama has not been a failure. He hasn't succeeded in everything he's tried (name me a single person who has), but that's not the same thing. The rich may be providing jobs to the middle class, but that doesn't change the fact that the 1% in terms of wealth pay far less in relative taxes than the rest of us. If the corporations and the 1% were forced to actually pay their fair share, the deficit would be gone. (Taxing the Church would be another step in the right direction, & I'm stating that as an ordained minister. Think about it. A large chunk of deficit would disappear just from the Catholic Church's land holdings alone!) What's caused a great deal of the abysmal failure in terms of the economy are things like tax breaks for the rich, members of Congress (BOTH houses) voting their own pay raises (that should be illegal by itself!), and the Republicans & Teaparty (MORE Republicans) automatically going against anything Obama tries to do simply because it's Obama. I have a strong suspicion that the melanin content of Obama's skin has a lot to do with the GOP doesn't like him. That he's actually trying to work FOR and protect the middle class, which happpens to comprise a large portion of the American populace, and without which the 1% wouldn't have their precious money, strikes many Americans as being a good thing. Which is probably why the GOP is trying so desperately to both enact ridiculous Voter ID laws (which address a non-existent problem) in order to

8:29PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Well Steve...where are the jobs these job creators are creating? Gee $50,000 sounds like a very good paying job for me...but instead these uber-rich are using their money to buy the government and NOT creating jobs. Sorry but you just can't ask them nicely, "please give me a job and not a Romney donation". You keep defending greedy rich that really don't give a damn about job creating. They want to own the government so they can do what they please to whomever they want and whenever they want! They are greedy bastards that only pretend to care about the middle class. You are only kidding yourself. Obama is not perfect and no one has ever said he was...but you need to admit that looking for the rich to provide us jobs through some sort of trickle down thing is NOT the answer. They will not simply do it out of the kindness of their heart because most of their hearts are too filled up with self-love. They have to be MADE to do it as if they were spoiled children...which they are!

8:29PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Obama has not been a failure. He hasn't succeeded in everything he's tried (name me a single person who has), but that's not the same thing. The rich may be providing jobs to the middle class, but that doesn't change the fact that the 1% in terms of wealth pay far less in relative taxes than the rest of us. If the corporations and the 1% were forced to actually pay their fair share, the deficit would be gone. (Taxing the Church would be another step in the right direction, and I'm stating that as an ordained minister. Think about it. A large chunk of deficit would disappear just from the Catholic Church's land holdings alone!)

What's caused a great deal of the abysmal failure in terms of the economy are things like the tax breaks for the rich, members of Congress (BOTH houses) voting their own pay raises (that should be illegal by itself!), and the Republicans and Teaparty (i.e. MORE Republicans) automatically going against anything Obama tries to do simply because it's Obama. I have a strong suspicion that the melanin content of Obama's skin has a lot to do with the GOP doesn't like him. That he's actually trying to work FOR and protect the middle class, which happpens to comprise a large portion of the American populace, and without which the 1% wouldn't have their precious money, strikes many Americans as being a good thing. Which is probably why the GOP is trying so desperately to both enact ridiculous Voter ID laws (which address a non-existent problem) in or

7:54PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Shucks - the liberals just can't seem to understand why Romney is outraising Obama by more than 35%!

It's because the people with the big money don't like Obama dumbos! He's a failure! He wants to help the "middle class" while punishing those that provide the jobs to the "middle class"!

Forget the Koch brothers - even ordinary everyday people are contributing more to Romney than to Obama.

And if the Koch brothers host a fundraiser at $50,000 a pop - big freaking deal! Like Obama doesn't have his rich guys backing him as well????

7:43PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

darn, they wouldn't let me in; I only had $49,999

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