According to The New York Times, the Brothers are predicting the cost of buying the 2016 election to be around $900 million. That amount of money would be a mere drop in the bucket to the Koch Brothers whose net worth is more than $100 billion. The $900 million doesn’t all come out of their personal checking accounts even though they could easily afford it. The money will also pour in from their network of donors. Republican presidential candidates are queuing up for the money like it was a KYBO on RAGBRAI. The Kochs intend to throw the cash at congressional and state government races as well.
The news from the Koch donor summit makes clear that it is past time for stepping out of our comfort zones and getting involved in the work of Democracy. I happen to own an old Moveon.org tee-shirt from the Bush years that says “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” The only way out of this terrible predicament that we are currently in, is for people to get involved in the political process. Whether you have time and the stomach for it or not. Pretend it’s a football game.
Something you can do this weekend is attend a Run Warren Run house party/informational meeting near you. Go to the Run Warren Run Facebook page or runwarrenrun.org/takeaction. You can sign the petition asking her to run then find out about events happening right in your neighborhood.
The New York Times reported yesterday:
“The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.
The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races..
Now the Kochs’ network will embark on its largest drive ever to influence legislation and campaigns across the country, leveraging Republican control of Congress and the party’s dominance of state capitols to push for deregulation, tax cuts and smaller government.”
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