The Koch brothers are taking full advantage of the 2010 US Supreme Court ruling “Citizens United v FEC where corporations can act as individuals in creating ads to push favored policies.
If “we the people” wonder why our voices no longer seem to count, then look no further, than these donors who helped create the environment that made a leader like the republican President Donald Trump, inevitable. As far as I’m concerned, they are even buying their guy, Judge Brett Kavanaugh who they can count on to reliably rule in favor of corporate interests, as a US Supreme Court justice.
For the November 2018 US elections, these same wealthy donors are planning to buy the ads and to do whatever is necessary to help their republican puppets to remain in the US Congress and at State government entities. Thank goodness the Democratic Party leaders are supporting candidates who are taking their messaging directly to their constituents and responding to their needs. They are listening and building relationships.
But the rich donors are convinced they can buy this upcoming election. May they waste every last dime.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On September 10, 2018, of Politico penned the following report, “Koch network launches new super PAC”
“With just weeks to go before the midterm elections, the massive Koch network is adding a new super PAC to its political arsenal.”
“The new super PAC, AFP Action, will give the Koch network’s largest arm — Americans for Prosperity — significantly more leeway to push lawmakers directly on political issues, adding another tool to AFP’s arsenal at a moment when the Koch network is trying to assert its power in Washington.”
“Americans for Prosperity’s existing organization, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, is required by law to spend a significant amount of money on “social welfare” activities and cannot expressly urge voters to cast ballots for or against a member of Congress. But the new AFP Action super PAC can expand that work by spending unlimited sums of money on political activities.”
“The new super PAC has been under discussion for some time and does not affect the Koch network’s already-set plans to spend $400 million on politics and policy this election cycle, spokesman Bill Riggs said.”
“Americans for Prosperity spokespeople declined to say how much money the Koch network — founded by the brothers Charles and David Koch — plans to spend via the super PAC this election cycle.”
“Our mission is to help improve lives by breaking the barriers holding people back, and that requires building the policy coalitions in Washington to get it done,” Riggs said. “Americans for Prosperity has been a difference-maker supporting policy champions in tight races, and AFP Action is a new tool that will allow us to expand those efforts and make an even larger impact.”