From the Daily Beast:
The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have moved to the center of the Republican establishment, donating to and guiding members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Koch Industries was the largest oil and gas donor to members of the committee—larger even than Exxon Mobil. Then the Koch brothers got the panel’s commitment in writing, with nine of the 12 new Republican members signing a pledge to oppose the Obama administration’s attempts to regulate greenhouse gases. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) launched an aerospace company with investments from a Koch subsidiary, and his chief of staff is a former Koch Industries lawyer. Jeremy Symons of the National Wildlife Federation says the change on the committee is “like night and day.” “Now the committee treats the Clean Air Act and the EPA as if they are the enemy,” he says. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) says it’s just the reversal of when Former Chairman Henry Waxman “stacked the committee with liberal environmentalists.”
So is ‘stacking the deck with liberal environmentalists’ worse than billionaires pouring money into campaigns of those on a congressional committee? Should the Koch brothers be determining our energy policies? Koch Industries has much to gain from their infusion of cash. Koch Industries, based in Witchita is a multifaceted company with many different products, from ranch products to roofing to energy resources.
These folks bear watching. According to the Los Angeles Times:
At the center of the new ground-level strategy is a beefed-up role for Americans for Prosperity. Along with other well-funded conservative groups, the group was very active in the congressional midterm election — in many cases taking on roles often performed by national and state parties.
Americans for Prosperity is the political arm of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which David Koch co-founded in the 1980s under the name Citizens for a Sound Economy. He is chairman of the board of the foundation, which says it aims to educate citizens on “a return of the federal government to its constitutional limits.”
Americans for Prosperity says it spent $40 million in the 2010 election cycle, organized rallies and phone banks, and canvassed door to door in nearly 100 races across the country. The organization found scores of energetic activists in the “tea party” movement to carry its message.
Throughout this effort, Americans for Prosperity kept a strong emphasis on promoting its views on climate change and energy regulation. In 2008, it began circulating a pledge asking politicians to denounce a Democratic-led effort to compel oil refineries and utilities to clean up emissions of greenhouse gases through a so-called cap-and-trade system. The organization said it amounted to a hidden tax increase.
It sounds like some folks might need to back off the Soros rant and start looking at who owns them. I suppose everyone can be owned. Some people just cost a little more. Do the Constitutional limits include a corporation dumping $40 million bucks into a mid-term election? If the Koch Bros. say there is no climate change, then I guess there isn’t. After all, money talks and we know that BS walks. Americans for Prosperity sounds so darn good on paper. How can anyone be against prosperity? I guess we need to look at whose prosperity is being enhanced.
Some of us speak of our children and grand children’s future being jeopardized by debt. Some of us speak of our children and grand children’s future being jeopardized by the unknowns of climate change. Both are unknowns and both can create life-altering changes for our posterity. Smart people need to work together towards change rather than trying to outdo each other in some silly political game.