Koch Brothers Bail On Their Own Movement
This website is frequently accused of having some sort of allegiance to Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch (a.k.a. the Koch Brothers), a pair of billionaire industrialists who were early supporters of the Tea Party movement.
Of course this purely reactionary conclusion neglects to incorporate our critical coverage of their proximity to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s infamous “Savannah River Sellout.”
Remember that scandal? For those of you who have forgotten, Haley chose to accommodate the state of Georgia’s government-funded Savannah port expansion project – effectively killing a public-private port facility in Jasper County, S.C. (and weakening the port of Charleston, S.C.).
You read that right … a Tea Party governor chose a taxpayer-funded project in another state over a public-private partnership that would have benefited her own state.
And the Kochs – who are supposed to stand against that sort of thing – were major beneficiaries of the betrayal.
Anyway, we bring the Kochs up today in the context of what we believe is another betrayal in a much bigger fight. We’re referring to a letter to Congress from the Koch’s top lobbyist Philip Ellender regarding the current government “shutdown.”
According to Ellender’s letter, despite pronouncements from liberal leaders in Washington, D.C. the Kochs have “not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the (budget) resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare.”
The Kochs are with the GOP establishment on this one … which is funny when you consider the they (and the rest of the GOP) have existed on little beyond fomenting anti-Obamacare rage for the past three years.
All so they can now unilaterally surrender over a “shutdown” that only impacts 17 percent of the government?
Billions of dollars clearly can’t buy you a backbone, can it?