Money can’t buy you love, and in the case of donations from the Koch brothers to 2016 Republican presidential candidates, it can’t buy winners either.
At the top of the list is the union-busting darling of Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker. Although $8 million from the Koch brothers was enough to fight off Democrat Tom Barrett in a 2012 recall election, it seems no amount of money was enough to buy Walker the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Voters just don’t like Scott Walker, or at least not enough of them.
Scott Walker pulled his hat out of the ring on September 21, 2015, just 10 days after fellow Koch donation recipient Texas Gov. Rick Perry called it quits. Gov. Perry was indicted on 2 felony charges in 2014, for abuse of power while governor of the great state of Texas. Although serious, the indictment didn’t stop him from trying to become President of the United States. He suffered from the same problem Walker did; voters didn’t think he would make a very good president.
Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum have both been recipients of money from the Koch brothers political funding machine. They still lost.
The same can be said for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is still holding on to 173 delegates from his failed bid for the 2016 White House, although no one is really sure what he’s going to do with them since 1,237 are needed to clinch the nomination.
Rubio may have been the biggest loser when it comes to Koch brothers money. They were planning to give his campaign close to $1 billion dollars to be able to pull his strings in the Oval Office.
But all is not lost yet for the billionaire brother’s whose wish list appears to include buying the entire US government. They are feeding the Sen Ted Cruz campaign through their Club For Growth and other Tea Party super PAC’s. If Cruz wins the GOP nomination, maybe they’ll give him the $900 billion they had planned on giving to Marco Rubio?
According to Open Secrets, Koch Industries gave more than $4.3 million to 178 congressional candidates in the 2014 races, 171 of those were Republicans.
If you want to know that the Koch Brothers want for the millions of dollars they spend trying to influence the outcome of elections, look no further than the radically oppressive austerity agenda of today’s Republican Party, and the Libertarian Party platform David Koch ran on as a vice presidential candidate in 1980. It includes things like, getting rid of: Social Security, minimum wage, safety regulations, environmental regulations, unions, public education, programs that help the poor, banking regulations, the postal service, Medicare, Medicaid, all taxation, and just about every piece of legislation passed by congress for the last 100 years.
And lets not forget that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is substantially funded by Charles and David Koch, was, and still is, behind the nationwide attack on voting rights, led by Republican-controlled states. According to a report in US News & World Report, new voter ID laws “will strip the right to vote from millions of eligible voters across America.”
Try to imagine what America will be like if the Koch brothers get everything on their wish list. If such a thought doesn’t terrify you into voting this year no matter how hard it is, it should. 2016 may be your last chance.
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*** Maryann Tobin, is the author of Afterlife: The Journey Of A Dog’s Spirit.
This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of an animal spirit that has been sent back to earth in the body of a small dog. His mission is to help a young woman discover that their destiny’s are more connected to the powers of the Spirit World than either of them ever imagined. If you’ve ever shared your life with a dog or any other pet, you will never look at them the same way again after reading this book.
“Afterlife: The Journey of a Dog’s Spirit” is available on Amazon.com.