Oil billionaire David Koch is spending $250,000 on attack ads against me this week. But I'm not the only one. In fact, he is deploying his polluting billions toward this modest goal:
Choosing our next government.
In more than 50 Congressional races across the country, in the next two months, Koch will be spending $45 million. To give you an idea of how much money that is, the total amount of all PAC contributions to all candidates so far is roughly $200 million.
And much of the money that Koch is using in this attempted leveraged buyout of our Government comes from . . . you and me.
For many years, Koch had a contract to extract oil from federal and Indian lands. In return, Koch was supposed to pay a royalty. A jury found that Koch underpaid the Government by $210 million.
Media Matters says that Koch has received $100 million in government contracts in the last ten years alone.
And Koch has paid for his assault on progressive government during the past decade largely with tax-deductible, tax-free foundation money:
- $120 million from the "David H. Koch Charitable Foundation,"
- $48 million from the "Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation," and
- $28 million from the "Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation," Charles Koch controls.
So there you have it. It's the taxpayers who have inadvertently underwritten the Koch assault on social services, a clean environment and good government.
From time to time, we will keep you posted about the Koch scheme to dictate who wins and who loses elections in America. In the meantime, thank you for your support for clean government. And special thanks to the 1000+ supporters who answered the call, and made a contribution to help us fight back.