Meanwhile, the Koch’s increasing control over a wide ranging consortium of fundraising entities, such as; super PAC’s, 501 C 3’s and C 4’s and other forms of dark money helped them become the 3rd largest political donor in the country by the end of the 2012 election. Another reason for their success was their funding of Themis (now i360) a database company in 2011 backed by the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners and serving as repository for the Kochs’ political data.
In 2014, they brought out GOP Data Trust, the company owning the Republican’s database and merged it with Themis giving the Republican Party full access to the voter data collected by the Koch’s Freedom Partners entities and clients — entrenching the Koch-to-pus deeper within the GOP. Because political parties are not allowed to accept corporate contributions, it would have been illegal for the Koch’s to simply give their massive databases to the Republican National Committee directly.
So to avoid any appearances of illegality, the Koch’s did what any self respecting plutocrat would do, they brought them out. The Koch’s operational control of the Republican Party’s national database, along with donations of at least $400 million during this last 2014 mid term election helped the Republicans regain control of the Senate, and they have made it clear they don’t intend to stop there.
They are upping their game considerably. During the 2016 presidential campaign the Koch’s plan on spending at least $900 million making them by far the biggest political donor in the country, considerably larger than either of the two major political party’s. The fact that these two individuals have used their wealth to become the nation’s largest political party in less than a decade is one that will remain carefully hidden behind a host of distractions all the way through the 2016 elections.
Like the many repressive laws we’ve seen recently pass in state after state. With Indiana’s “right to be a bigot” law coming to the forefront. Remember that this law is hardly unique in this country, during the past decade; twenty other states including Virginia have enacted similar laws. While none of them go quite as far in being explicitly discriminatory that’s mostly because these states have preexisting laws which provide some additional measures of protection.
Whereas Indiana offers no such protections, dominated by a legislature convinced it’s their moral right to pass gay Jim Crow. With Governor (now VP) Mike Pence passing this law it caused such a nationwide backlash that Indiana recently hired a PR firm to rebuild the states image.
A move which will cost Indiana’s taxpayers $2 million plus advertising cost, one of the many ways which movement conservatives successfully pass the costs of their bad decisions to the public. A mindset which has already caused other “unintended consequences,” like last year when they passed a law eliminating needle exchange programs, and after suffering a severe AIDS epidemic this year Governor Pence temporarily reversed course.
Or despite the fact Texas has the third highest rate of HIV infection in the country, the Texas House recently passed a bill taking millions away from HIV and STD screenings and giving it to abstinence only education programs. With Texas State Rep. Stuart Spitzer saying “My goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” If that level of willful ignorance wasn’t enough, they went on to ban Planned Parenthood and other “abortion affiliates” from providing sex education materials in schools.
South Carolina recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, suing for the right to discriminate, disingenuously claiming that the 14th Amendment—which guarantees “equal protection of the laws” to every “person”— permits discrimination against married women, so it must also allow discrimination against gay people who wish to wed.
The intertwined concept of “religious freedom” and “states rights” used to nullify the constitutional rights of certain classes of people is no longer a provincial brand of cultural and religious bigotry or the exclusive providence of the Deep South. What has changed during our lifetimes is how widespread this twisted notion of denying others their rights to preserve “individual freedoms” has become a national issue …I mean distraction, one which will play a major role in the actions of state legislators around the country.
Keep in mind that since the time of Nixon, movement conservatives have been hard at work exploiting the emotions and prejudices of the American people, allowing the plutocrats to continue privatizing their economic gains while socializing society’s losses. If you have any doubts about how ideologically committed they are to their brand of “freedom” take a look at the economic chaos they have caused in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and conservatives and their Kansas.
While all of this is happening, you can count on the Koch Daddies and their minions breaking out more distractions all the way up to the 2016 election.
Editors Note: This originally appeared in an April 14th 2015 Blue Louisa Blog post, and is now housed on this web site under the Archives drop down menu.