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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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Stanley Rampersad
Stanley Balgobin5 years ago

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

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Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

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!

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Anne R.
Anne R5 years ago

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.

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Leah H.
Leah H5 years ago

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?

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JT SMITH
JT Smith5 years ago

[...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.

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