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Romney A Favorite of the Koch Brothers

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.


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10:07AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Why am I not surpised?

1:01AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Good to know, thank you.

3:58PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

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

10:18PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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

8:15PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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

5:25PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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

2:16PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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.

12:43PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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.

12:24PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

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.

12:02PM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

@Helen Delahunt-Avila:

Come on "Helen", admit it - you're really a pre-pubescent little boy who is trying to pretend to be a grownup - at least you're posts sound like it. Your silly, immature little digs are childish, meaningless and add nothing to the topic at hand. Grow up, will ya??

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