Government: The best the Koch Bros. can buy | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 6, 2014

Government: The best the Koch Bros. can buy

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 6:26 AM

click to enlarge KOCH BROS: Atop a vast and opaque political junta.
  • KOCH BROS: Atop a vast and opaque political junta.
The Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics have analyzed 2011 and 2012 tax filings and concluded the billionaire Koch brothers and their allies poured $400 million into political activities in the 2012 election cycle. There's every indication that there's more where that came from.

Here's a link to a graphic of the octopus-like web of Koch-driven front organizations and it includes a link to the reporting on the subject. Several of the organizations in the chart have reared their heads in Arkansas, most notably Americans for Prosperity, which has a full-time Arkansas payroll  that has included a state legislator's wife (Mrs. Nate Bell) and poured tens of thousands into electing legislators (Republicans all) friendly to the Kochs' anti-tax, anti-regulation, anti-health care, anti-union  agenda. Their mill grinds fine. The Koch organization has even meddled in Pulaski County's water, lobbying against regulatory efforts to protect the Lake Maumelle water supply.

The reporting begins:

The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.

The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats.

The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

The organizations are designed to defeat transparency and accountabilit

Expect Koch groups to play heavily in independent spending against Sen. Mark Pryor.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Earle firefighter suspended for saying NFL protestors should be shot

    An Earle fireifghter has been suspended indefinitely for saying NFL protestors should be shot. He's apologized. The Fire Department has distanced itself from the comments.
    • Sep 26, 2017
  • Tuesday's open line

    Here's the open line. Also, the day's roundup of news and comment.
    • Sep 26, 2017
  • Study: Voter ID law likely helped Trump

    More evidence in the Washington Post that voter ID laws suppress votes, particularly among groups likely to vote Democratic. And the evidence is from Wisconsin, where a microscopic victory gave Donald Trump that state's electoral votes.
    • Sep 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017
  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Study: Voter ID law likely helped Trump

    • This is no surprise, they were not trying to help Hilary, their theory is that…

    • on September 26, 2017
  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • Drumpf: 48 solid hours of vapors over NFL kneelers. Tuesday morning: There was a hurricane…

    • on September 26, 2017
  • Re: Tuesday's open line

    • The free state of yell county voters all voted and voted often, and there were…

    • on September 26, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation