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A Republican World – The ‘Lies As Facts’ Edition – ‘New Conservative Meme That Unions Outspend Koch Brothers On Elections Is Patently False’

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‘The fact is, that the CRP Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal used, only shows disclosed and direct campaign contributions made by organizations, companies and individuals’.

‘On that level, the Kochs only show up as #59 overall for the past 25 years and contributed a total of $4.9 million in the previous election cycle’.

‘However, when you take into account all of the ‘dark’ money that the Kochs spent during the 2012 election, that figure balloons to a whopping $412 million’.

‘In comparison, the top ten labor unions combined spent a total of $153 million when counting all political contributions.

‘Recently, a new meme has been making its way around the conservative blogosphere and has been picked up by those in the mainstream media’.

‘Basically, conservatives are trying to push the story that the Koch brothers are not overly influential on the political process and that labor unions spend far more in campaign contribuions and donations to political organizations than the reclusive billionaires’.

‘Last week, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal picked up on the meme and decided to push it out there for public consumption’.

‘She chastised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for attacking the Koch brothers for their spending and stated that he should go after the real enemy of democracy–the labor unions’.

  • ‘The fact is, that all political contributions from labor unions have to be disclosed, even if it goes towards indirect campaigning, like with political action committees (PACs’.)
  • ‘Meanwhile, the Kochs have been able to secretly contribute hundreds of millions of dollars by setting up their own SuperPACs, creating shell companies or providing money to other people to then give to a candidate or a PAC supporting that candidate’.

Republicans have ‘used data from the Center for Responsive Politics to make their case for them’.
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/11/conservative-meme-unions-outspend-koch-brothers-elections-patently-false.html

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3 thoughts on “A Republican World – The ‘Lies As Facts’ Edition – ‘New Conservative Meme That Unions Outspend Koch Brothers On Elections Is Patently False’

  1. Barry on said:

    How about running a comparison of the Koch dollars to the dollars spent in the same” dark” areas by Geo. Soros.

    • Are you sure you want me too?
      When it comes to ‘dark money’, Soros tends to give some but only a small fraction of what the Koch bros do.
      The Koch bros are buying political influence, via buying politicians directly or heavy political advertising.
      Soros tends to concentrate his $$ on causes – not politicians or slanted news.

      Now as to your response.

      The article was about the Koch Bros being compared to Unions by a Wall Street Journal writer.

      ‘Last week, Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal picked up on the meme and decided to push it out there for public consumption’.

      ‘She chastised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for attacking the Koch brothers for their spending and stated that he should go after the real enemy of democracy–the labor unions’.

      ‘The fact is, that all political contributions from labor unions have to be disclosed, even if it goes towards indirect campaigning, like with political action committees (PACs’.)

      As the graph and documents clearly show, the Koch bros vastly outspend unions and the Koch bros are not required to document ‘donations’ while the unions are.

      So in truth, we really don’t know how much the Koch bros actually ‘donate’. But it’s more then what this article lists.

      So the real question is…..why are you trying to change the subject of the article?

      Are you afraid of the truth about the Koch bros?

      The article was about money in politics specific to unions vs Koch bros.

      Stay on topic or stay away.

    • lindsncal on said:

      Hah….’Soros’ The scapegoat for republicans with no information, no facts, no figures ever. There is a reason your r w sites don’t give you figures. It’s because it’s a lie and they know you’ll simply holler it from the rooftops. Soros’s interests are more concerned with international politics and he’s done more good than all republicans put together.

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