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The Koch Brothers/Koch Industries are flooding the current electoral races in Virginia with donations and money funneled through organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, the Republican Governors Association, and the State Policy Network.
Recent campaign flyers for Manoli Loupassi (house district 68) and Kirk Cox (house district 66) clearly bear the Americans For Prosperity logo. Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, John Adams, and Loupassi—Republican candidates for governor, lt. governor, attorney general, and house delegate, respectively--have all received donations in the past few months from Koch Industries according to the Virginia Public Access Project, or VPAP.org.
Their dark money isn’t just in Virginia, of course. Many Koch affiliated/funded representatives populate congress as do several appointees in the Trump administration, including EPA chairman Scott Pruitt, VP Mike Pence, FCC chairman Ajit Pai, Dept of Education head Betsy DeVos, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch. Pence has a long history with the Koch’s. Beginning in 2009 after taking a "No Climate Tax Pledge" while in congress, he has forged a cozy relationship with the Koch brothers. Many feel he is clearly positioning himself for a presidential run, one funded by two brothers and who’s bottom line benefits enormously from as little environmental regulation and oversight as possible.
The Koch’s are strategically gaming the U.S. democratic system to favor the .01%--themselves. Americans MUST be aware of their plan and take action before it’s too late. In Virginia, we have the chance to elect candidates who are not part of the Koch infused network of dark money. We the people do this with our votes. November 7th is D-Day for Virginia, and is the bellwether election for which way the democracy pendulum will swing. If you live in Virginia, please PLEASE vote Nov 7th!!"
Editor's Note: this article has been posted with the author’s permission, and is an advanced preview of a letter submitted to the Richmond Times Dispatch, and for now is only available here.
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