Finding the shortest distance between Koch money and political campaigns

By Laurie Bennett

June 8, 2012 at 8:54am

If you want to know the Koch brothers’ approach to the 2012 election, look no further than the statement in a post Thursday by Clare O’Connor of Forbes:

“No contributions were received by the (Gov. Scott) Walker recall campaign from either Charles Koch or David Koch,” said Koch Industries spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia.

Here, in a nutshell, is the Koch political strategy: The shortest distance between Koch money and political campaigns is almost never a straight line.

As we pointed out in April, the Kochs funneled big money to organizations that focused resources on the Wisconsin election.

David Koch gave $1 million in February to the Republican Governors Association, which set the Wisconsin recall election as one of its top priorities.

David and his older brother, Charles, are also supporters of Americans for Prosperity, whose activities in Wisconsin included busing in Tea Partiers, organizing rallies and spending millions on ads.

Repeating a familiar theme, the organization’s leaders denied playing a direct role in the election.

“We’re not dealing with any candidates, political parties, or ongoing races,” AFP Wisconsin director Luke Hilgemann told the HudsonPatch. “We’re just educating folks on the importance of the reforms.”

Scott is especially popular on the right because of his anti-union stands, and the Kochs have a direct interest in the state’s union environment. Koch Industries subsidiaries Georgia-Pacific, Flint Hills Resources and C. Reiss Coal Company all have operations in Wisconsin.

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  • #1.   mary aseltyne 06.11.2012

    The Koch Brother’s operate exactly like any organized crime ring. The bosses on top send out their underlings to do their ‘dirty work’ for them, and that way the bosses hands are clean.

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