Romney A Favorite of the Koch Brothers

Lately Mitt Romney has been doing his best to position himself as a leading contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He must be doing something right as David Koch has already hosted one of Romney’s first large fundraising events.

According to investigative journalist Peter Stone and as reported by Think Progress, Koch and his wife hosted an evening at their home in the Hamptons for Romney. Since the midterm elections Romney has had about one conference call a month with a his key constituents, Koch among them, to keep them in the loop of his campaign efforts.

The Kochs are big players in Republican politics, so the fact that they are throwing money behind Romney should come as no surprise. But it is important to remember that the Koch’s are the key pay-for-play donors. For example, during the 1990′s David Koch was a key contributor to then-Republican nominee Bob Dole. Koch threw a lavish 72nd birthday party for Dole and raised $150,000 for his campaign. In return, Dole offered legislation to suppress an investigation into Koch industries’ massive theft of oil from Indian reservations and public lands.

Since the Koch’s have already bankrolled large portions of the Tea Party “movement” through their “Americans for Prosperity” and “No Climate Tax” political fronts, it is safe to assume that a Romney (or any Republican nominee for that matter) presidency would place climate change and governmental oversight of oil, gas and related industries on the chopping block. Combine that with billions of dollars the Kochs have used to purchase the state houses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Indiana and Iowa (just to name a few) and this country could witness a full-fledged retreat from middle-class progress and economic justice.

Consider it a return to the Guilded Age, courtesy of the Koch brothers.

 

photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr

101 comments

Patricia Harris
John Taylor2 months ago

We REALLY need to kick these hooligans out of OUR LIVES...FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glenda L.
Glenda L.4 years ago

Why am I not surpised?

New G.
W. C.4 years ago

Good to know, thank you.

Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila5 years ago

susan s has several personalities on care2 and is a paid toddy to create havoc.. a sockpuppet..

Susanne R.
Susanne R.5 years ago

Add one more set of lips to the Koch Brothers' asses.

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham5 years ago

Republicans are hateful stupid parasites. Yes I'm talking about you Newt. VOTE DEMOCRAT 2012

Helen Delahunt-Avila
Helen Avila5 years ago

ah this must be the 22 year old susan lawyer racist I have run into before.

Sarah B.
Sarah B.5 years ago

I think something we should all be able to agree upon is the corruptive nature of allowing people like Soros and the Koch bros into our political process in general.

There are enough intelligent & capable people in this country that we don't need billionaires trying to buy our thoughts while their political puppets try to disillusion us as to their true agendas.

A record breaking 4BILLION dollars was collectively spent on campaign advertising in 2010... 4BILLION dollars spent during a recession trying to convince us of whose more fiscally responsible to fix our budget & deficit... is that not the most moronic thing ever???

Citizens United needs to be overturned. It does nothing but give rich cowards whole new ways to push their agendas without having to own up to it. If they have that much money to burn they should actually do good things instead of wasting it on trying to convince us they can do good things.

Michael R.
Michael R.5 years ago

Funny how when rich people like George Soros back a Democrat they are civic minded, but when a rich person backs a Repulican they are buying government.

Shar F.
Sharon F.5 years ago

Yes, indeed. We must be viligant about the 2012 election. Read up on the Mornmon religion. We can't let the neo-cons destroy the middle class.