Bamboozled Koch Brothers Looking For Money In All The Wrong Places

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Billionaire brothers Koch (Kansas pronunciation. Kah-ch) are looking for liberal money in all the usual places: under rocks, in the pockets of their rich friends and behind the seats of their limousines. But nada. Charles and David Koch are trying to figure out where all of our liberal politicians get their money.

That is the “biggest issue weighing on the Kochs’ network of wealthy conservative money men.” Wow. I’m important. You’re important. All God’s liberal folks are important.

The Kansas Kochs held a private retreat early this summer in Dana Point, California where general counsel of Koch Industries, Mark Holden gave his speech, “The Opposition: Understanding Their Strategy And Infrastructure:

Overwhelming power of rich progressive donors lined up against the meager resources of the oil barons and their network of elite allies.

The Koch money family fears the Democracy Alliance and even with all their money, they end up relying on documents left behind after one of their seminars. Sad, isn’t it? The brothers own the largest privately held companies in the world, and Charles and David Koch are worth a combined $72 billion. That makes them among the very richest in the world.

When the Koch brothers were trying to figure out why President Obama won the election, they circulated a memo,

If the presidential election told us anything. It’s that Americans place a great importance on taking care of those in need and avoiding harm to the weak.

Holden focused on the Democracy Alliance, which works as “a network of wealthy liberal donors who strategically steer money to a set of hand-picked progressive groups.”

The rich conservatives believe the liberal contenders are hypocritical, because they won’t disclose their nonprofit donors. Oh yeah, nonprofits do not have to disclose their donors, because they are nonprofits. And privately held companies, like Koch Industries, do not have to disclose much either.

Holden warns of a “sympathetic mainstream media” and “organized labor firepower.” And if Holden counted right we progressives will have $2.2 billion by the November midterms. Of course, he says that he might have miscounted. No kidding.

I think their biggest fear is how many of us there are. Holden continued his speech,

What we have is a drop in the bucket compared to the left. And they outnumber us. They outnumber us by a lot. So why do we get all the love? We know this, right? We talk about it all the time. Because you’re effective.

They have 172 groups, 172, I was really bad at math, but 172 is a lot more than 31 (Koch-related groups).

Holden didn’t count the progressive MoveOn organization, probably because its funds come from small donors.

Holden seemed unable to believe that a bottom-up group like MoveOn could raise as much money as it does.

But the Koch representative sure likes the “messaging and strategy” of the Democracy Alliance. Holden continues,

They stay on message and have everybody in line. Their bottom line is not that different than ours, but in some ways they’re much better at it.

This was news to Gara LaMarche, who heads the Democracy Alliance, according to the HuffPost,

Who knew that billionaires spending hundreds of millions of dollars on elections to advance a corporate agenda could be so insecure? We appreciate the Koch brothers’ backhanded compliment that our ‘vast network’ has a similar ‘bottom line’ to theirs, but that we’re ‘better at it.

What they think of as ‘special interests,’ our labor allies, are nurses, teachers, restaurant workers and other women and men who are the backbone of the American economy.

The Koch network profits the Koch business interests. And their donors are looking out for their own interests. But liberal donors,

 Are spending money to raise their own taxes and otherwise work against their own economic interests.

LaMarche wrote,

The real difference is this: Democracy Alliance donors will probably always be outspent by our counterparts on the right, but our partners are wealthy individuals and families working for a world in which their money will have less of an influence on politics, and where every American has the opportunity to succeed.

Holden emailed HuffPost a statement that reads,

 The Democrats and the Left like to strictly protest about “dark money” and assign it to a set of activities undertaken only by conservative/libertarian-oriented 501(c)4 groups. They neglect to mention the activities and deep pockets of the Left.

The reality is that the left’s activities, especially by the American Constitution Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for American Progress all have a profound impact on our country’s electoral politics and public policy. The presentation in question focused on the Democracy Alliance because they are much bigger in scope, and have more reach with its network’s ability to spend money in ways that have important (but sometimes overlooked) consequences for our country.

It is important that if there is going to be a discussion of these issues, then it needs to be a full, open, and honest one, which includes the Left and the huge impact that Democracy Alliance and its network have.

Charles Koch says that eliminating the minimum wage would help the poor,

They keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage.

Koch says that our country’s poor aren’t really, really poor. I guess he is suggesting that our poor should just suck it up and appreciate what they do have:

A family earning $34,000 annually are part of the richest one-percent in the world; especially when compared to developing third world nations and countries such as China and India where the majority of the population lives in absolute squalor.

I think the very rich and the not-quite-as-rich cannot see the lower 99.09 percent. We are invisible to them on the street, in the service industries and everywhere else we go. They cannot see us. So how could they get MoveOn?

We are a color they just don’t have in their coloring box.