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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