Despite all these factors working against him with his constituents and in Congress, it’s frequently true that when it comes to winning elections that “money talks and everything else walks.” So how did Cantor manage to lose after outspending his opponent 40 to 1, spending approximately $ 5 million to his opponents $ 200,000?
According to his campaign filings, Dave Brat didn't have support from any of the big-money Tea Party organizations, like Freedom Works, Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity etc., or from any of corporate PACs, who apparently didn't want to risk pissing off the Majority Leader and possible next Speaker in case of an anti-Boehner revolt.
According to Thom Hartmann, one of the reasons, if not the biggest reason, Eric Cantor lost this primary election was that he completely underestimated the dark money machine that was the real force behind David Brat’s campaign.
Dave Brat pretty much owes his current job as a professor of economics to people like the Koch brothers and their cronies. John Allison, the former CEO of BB&T bank and the current head of the Koch-founded Cato Institute, gave Brat's college a $500,000 grant back in 2010 to set up the BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program at Randolph Macon University.
This is just one of 68 programs around the country that BB&T sponsors, according to Allison “at most of the major universities in our operating area.” Their reading list usually features reading of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and the size of the money pile "donated" ranges from $500,000 to $2 million depending on how vigorously universities agree to promote this quackery.
Allison boasts that “many [students] indicate the program is the first time they have heard capitalism defended from an ethical perspective,” attempting to steer the next generation of young people into buying their brand of Ayn Rand-ism and libertarian economics. Like hundreds of other college professors across the country, David Brat is little more than a bought-and-paid-for shill.
But the connections between Brat and the dark money machine don’t stop there. He is a hand picked candidate of the Koch-backed world.Over the past few months, right-wing radio hosts like Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin have been pushing Brat and attacked Cantor non-stop on their radio shows.
Beyond well know names like Rush Limbaugh; most of us remain unaware of the size and influence of a parallel universe of toxic messaging that is being broadcast over the nations radio waves. A few months ago Politico covered this story, which was completely ignored by the mainstream media, just like they did three years ago. Their reports covered a fast growing and influential network of conservative radio talk show hosts who are driving the countries so called conservative movement.
“Filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups (such as Americans for Prosperity) spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers... Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented.”
Let’s be clear, David Brat isn’t just some college professor, he’s foot soldier of the libertarian billionaire class and its army of talk radio hosts. This is the brave new world of dark money politics, a raving-loon industrial complex of radio shows financed in some way or another by a vast lagoon of plutocratic payola.