2018-07-30 15:43:30 UTC
Americans for Prosperity, the network founded by billionaire conservative
political donors Charles Koch and David Koch, announced at their summit in
Colorado on Sunday that they are willing to back democratic politiciansas long
as those politicians are in line with the Kochs on their policy goals of making
things easy for rich people.
If you are a Democrat and stand up to [Senator] Elizabeth Warren to corral
enough votes for financial reform that breaks barriers for community banks and
families, youre darn right we will work with you, Emily Seidel, Americans for
Prosperitys CEO, said at the meeting, according to CNBC.
Seidel also scolded Republicans who passed President Trumps $1.3 trillion
spending bill in March. If you are a Republican who sits on the committee that
wrote the worst spending bill in our countrys history and you voted for it,
youre darn right we will hold you accountable, Seidel said.
Charles Koch gave a briefing to reporters on Sunday where he also seemed to move
toward backing people based on policy rather than party. According to CNBC, when
asked how he would feel about Democrats retaking the House in this falls
midterm elections, he replied that he wants people in power who will implement
policies that will move toward a society, mutual benefit, equal rights, where
everybody has the opportunity to realize their full potential. I dont care what
initials are in front or after somebodys name.
Its strange to hear a billionaire who has aggressively funded right wing
politicians and whose company is one of the top polluters in America talk about
mutual benefit. But this move could be a sign that the powers that be are
genuinely afraid of the leftward movement in the Democratic party, as well as of
Donald Trumps anti-free trade actions.
This announcement doesnt come out of nowhere. The Kochs have recently warmed up
to Democrats who have traditionally right-wing platforms on deregulation,
including those who voted to overturn some provisions of the Dodd-Frank act in
June. They thanked North Dakota Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp for
cosponsoring the bill, and helped out her campaign with advertising.
Before liberals run to embrace the Kochs and their highly influential
anti-democratic dark money network, heres a quick reminder of just a few things
theyve done with their Nazi oil money: spent $20 million supporting Donald
Trumps tax plan, strangled free speech on college campuses, funded public
college programs that push conservative thought, funded the Supreme Court case
that gutted unions, made climate change denial mainstream Republican policy,
spilled oil all over the country, and fought against health care reform.
Democrats: if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.