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