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Progressives Rally Against Koch Bros

Progressives Rally Against Koch Bros

If the events this past weekend outside of Palm Springs, California are any indication, progressives may finally be pushing back against conservative and Tea Party interests rather than attacking their own.  Led by the good governance group Common Cause and in coordination with CREDO, MoveOn.org and others, thousands converged on the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” the annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers, business interests and conservative operatives.

The annual event is seen as a key strategizing effort as groups like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity meet to plan the year ahead.  The Koch Brothers host the event, this year buying out the sprawling and lavish Rancho Las Palmas resort in exclusive Rancho Mirage. 

Among those said to be attending was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The event has garnered additional scrutiny after it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may be attending and has in the past.  Those reports, as well as his recent speaking engagements with the Tea Party congressional caucus were some of the impetus behind Common Cause’s request to the Department of Justice to investigate whether or not Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas had a conflict of interest when they heard Citizens United.

Frankly, it’s nice to see progressives take a breath from the circular firing squad and focus on the real danger to our democracy–the ability of corporations to spend endlessly and shamelessly in our elections.  The Koch Brothers and their constituents spend obscene amounts on campaigns of misinformation motivated solely to protect and promote their own interests and at the expense of average Americans.

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5:23AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

Products produced by the Koch Brothers. There is also a petition on Care2 to sign to protest them:

Angel Soft toilet paper
Brawny paper towels
Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
Mardi Gras napkins and towels
Quilted Northern toilet paper
Soft 'n Gentle toilet paper
Sparkle napkins
Vanity fair napkins
Zee napkins
Georgia-Pacific paper products and envelopes
All Georgia-Pacific lumber and building products, including:
Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
ToughArmor Gypsum board
Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
Flexrock
Densglass sheathing
G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)
FibreStrong Rim board
G/P Lam board
Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
DryGuard Enhanced OSB
Nautilus Wall Sheathing
Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
XJ 85 I-Joists
FireDefender Banded Cores
FireDefender FS
FireDefender Mineral Core
Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
Wood Fiberboard

6:36PM PST on Feb 16, 2011

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I REPRESENT THE TRUTH OF FREEDOM'S PURPOSE
WITHIN THE COLORS OF OUR FLAG UNFURLED
NOT BOUND BY LEFT OR RIGHT OR CENTER LEANING
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I AM A CHRISTIAN, HEBREW, BUDDHIST
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IS WRAPPED UP IN THE RED, THE WHITE AND BLUE

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I AM A TAN, LIGHT-BROWN SKINNED SISTER TOO
WITH ALL MY HEART I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
AND STAND UP FOR THE REAL RED, WHITE AND BLUE

I AM A STRAIGHT, GAY, MARRIED PERSON
I AM A CELIBATE, TRANS-GENDER TOO
I TRUST THAT ALL ORIENTATIONS
ARE HONORED BY THE RED, THE WHITE AND BLUE

I AM FOR STEWARDSHIP OF THIS AMAZING PLANET
I AM FOR COMMERCE BUILT UPON FREE MARKETS TOO
IT IS ABSURD TO CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER
BECAUSE I CAN LIVE GREEN, RED, WHITE AND BLUE

I AM A WOMAN AND A CULTURAL LEADER
I AM A LIBERATED STAY-AT-HOME MOM TOO
THE CHOICE IS MINE TO HAVE IT ALL IF I DECIDE TO
HERE IN THE LAND OF RED AND WHITE AND BLUE

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I AM BOTH BRAVE AND PEACEFUL TOO
THE POWER TO PROTECT AND NOT DESTROY IS
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I REPRESENT THE TRUTH OF FREEDOM'S PURPOSE
WITHIN THE COLORS OF OUR FLAG UNFURLED
NOT BOUND BY LEFT OR RIGHT OR CENTER LEANING
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AUTHOR: THERESA SHAMANKA ( C ) 2008

7:24PM PST on Feb 7, 2011

Tea Party Inc.: The Big Money and Powerful Elites Behind the Right-Wings Latest Uprising :

http://www.alternet.org/multimedia/tea_party_inc/

2:06AM PST on Feb 3, 2011

The people of Egypt are revolting. It may be reported they are revolting against their government, but I believe they are revolting against their ruling class--their politicians along with the wealthy businessmen who direct and benefit from politics in action. One of these days it will happen here, and the Koch brothers will be one of the first of our aristocracy the people will go after.

11:55PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

The Kochs are definitely not the only ones. With all the 3rd party group allowed unlimited donations and anonymity who knows who is donating how much to whom. Are there no hackers who use their powers for good? We need Wiki-leaks for all these fund raising groups.

8:45PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

I'm constantly amazed at the stunning silence of Liberals in response to the most ridiculous charges and statements coming from the right. We just let all the nonsense slide with very little comment. We have to get loud and refute these false claims and attacks on us with facts. I know how hard it is to get the right to do any fact checking before they spout their nonsense but the time has come to fight back. We don't have a Rush or Glenn to terrorize us with lies and distortions (thank God) but we can stand up for the truth and try to keep our country from being destroyed from within by a bunch of fanatics with no interest in the truth!!

7:41PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

The ability to tell these groups apart with their patriotic sounding names makes hard work for the objective pundits and unmasking them is a full time undertaking.

5:33PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Democrats, Independents and Moderate Republicans must keep up the fight against the evil empire of the Koch Boys. They will destroy our democracy and freedoms for a dollar! Sick. As to the above comment from P.S., Saying "Rupert Murdoch" and "honest" in the same breath is the truest example of an oxymoron!

5:21PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Well said Peter Herring it needs saying again and again - we are not the super democracies we think we are - in UK I believe the top 20% still own 80% of the wealth with the rest of us scuffling around fighting with each other (divide and rule) for a greater share of the remaining 20%.

5:01PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Thanks to all the people able to get to and protest these masters of the world. I never believed in the Illuminati but I'm beginning to wonder.

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