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The Koch brothers flow of money

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    This picture tells it all;

    ProPublica, February 14, 2014: How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network

    Quoting the authors:

    "Fundraising by the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch supports a tangle of nonprofits, sometimes referred to as the Kochtopus, all aimed at advancing conservative causes. Two groups, the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce and TC4 Trust, handed out almost $264 million from mid-2011 to October 2012 to 30 other nonprofits. Almost half of that went to the Center to Protect Patient Rights, which then funneled millions to a constellation of dark money groups, some of which also received money from Freedom Partners and TC4 Trust."

    Click on the link above to see the picture and read the rest of the article. It's absolutely mind boggling...
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    Bet if we looked we could find the same for liberal groups (i.e. Microsoft, who owns MSNBC) Sorry, I see nothing wrong with this, unless your saying that the government should now tell people how they can spend their money and on what.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    You seem to believe then that he with the most money should rule those less fortunate! A lot of monarchs felt the same way at one time.

    In spite of what Mitt Romney and the Supremes believe "Corporations are not people" and shouldn't be treated as if they were.

    Microsoft does not own MSNBC. NBC bought them out in 2012 and now Evil Comcast owns them both.
    http://www.ask.com/question/msnbc
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I agree that Corp. are not people but I also believe that these Corp. should be able to spend/invest their monies anyway they see fit, so if they are not people then why do so many people think that these corp. should have a heart when it comes to social justice?
  • Independent
    Widefield, CO
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    PGR, regardless of who owns MSNBC (My mistake, I thought Microsoft owned NBC, not a partnership between the two) my point remains the same. You don't think we could find a similar money flow with MSNBC and non-profits aimed at 'advancing' liberal causes? There's an old saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." If its okay for the liberal companies to do it then its okay for the conservative to do it, if its not okay for the conservatives to do it then its not okay for the liberals. Otherwise that would be discrimination.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    I found this little tune a few years ago when Wisconsin governor was going through a recall election

    youtube.com/watch?v=acQi2yTWAy4

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    The word democracy describes the few minutes in the voting booth. Democracy begins there and it there. Soon as the vote is cast democracy ends. Then step out into the real world of money rules. Lobbyists, PACS, Super PACs ,Billionaires, people that control everyday life. Billionaires don't have to ask for anything. People will do anything they think might make the billionaire happy. Imagine what people will do when the billionaire actually expresses an interest in something. Little reality check to see how much effect an individual may have.