44 Congressional Darlings of the Koch Brothers

Monday, January 16, 2012
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Koch Industries)
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a pro-big business group that, along with sibling organizations also funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, has spent millions advocating against health care reform, labor unions, federal stimulus spending and the existence of global warming, has announced a list of its favorite U.S. senators and representatives. Only five Senators and thirty-nine congressmen—all Republicans—achieved perfect “A+” scores of 100%, while another eight senators and forty-five representatives—GOPers all—got an “A” for scoring between 90 and 99 percent. Among those earning an “A” is Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican from the Kansas district where Koch Industries is headquartered, who accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internship program of allegedly excluding students who do not share President Barack Obama’s “radical” views on the environment.
 
AFP’s top five Senators, who have received a combined $187,400 in campaign contributions from the Koch empire, are Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Marco Rubio (Florida), and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin). The eight earning an “A” are Bob Corker (Tennessee), Jon Cornyn (Texas), Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma), John McCain (Arizona), Jim Risch (Idaho), Jeff Sessions (Alabama), Pat Toomey (Pennsylvania), and David Vitter (Louisiana). In their last elections alone, those eight received at least a combined $87,100 from Koch interests. No Democratic Senators earned an “A,” and one, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, was the only Senator to score an F.
 
AFP based its ratings on votes during the recently completed First Session of the 112th Congress in favor of repealing President Obama’s new healthcare law, blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, ending ethanol subsidies, blocking an increase in taxes paid by oil and gas companies and passing the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin).
-Matt Bewig
 

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Comments

Liann 5 years ago
rupert murdoch, during his stint as director of philip morris tobacco company directed, ordered, his contractors charles g. koch and david h. koch to use their front organizations paid millions of dollars by the tobacco racketeers to create the tea party ruckus. murdoch was also director of koch-co-founded cato institute at the same time period, sitting on the board of directors next to david koch.. koch "citizens for a sound economy" (cse) is on record receiving millions per year in tobacco money as the tobacco mafia tried to equate regulating tobacco serial murders with "big govt" and "excessive regulations". the earliest scheming in the records to create a "t party" (t for tobacco and taxes) is 1984, but the idea was too good to abandon. by 1991 it was trialed across canada. by august 21, 2001 the citizens for a sound economy had a "tar heels tea party" throwing tea bags and being unruly in the north carolina state capitol building. by 2002 through 2005 the cse.org website ran the usteaparty.com website on it's own servers. this is while george bush was serving his first term, and they already had "taken their country back." http://teapy.blogspot.com/ http://organized-crime-tea-party.blogspot.com/2011/12/tobacco-tea-party-overthrowing-america.html http://koch-murdoch-axis.blogspot.com/ http://koch-murdoch-axis.blogspot.com/2011/12/proof-kochs-plotting-tea-party.html
Heldon 5 years ago
in support of koch- these senators helped end ethanol subsides, which is of course a good thing- but these men have become habitual lobbyist benders. look at this story of orrin hatch helping a green energy firm that went bankrupt: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/10501-sen-orrin-hatchs-own-geothermal-solyndra-scandal senator hatch has also received tens of thousands of dollars in his support for sopa/pipa- he's one of the most outspoken advocates of the unpopular bills: http://blog.experts-exchange.com/ee-tech-news/sopa-update-blackouts-pacs-and-a-little-bit-of-irony/

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