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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