Last month, Koch Industries put more money into Oregon elections than anyone else — and we know they’ve got more up their sleeve.
By now, everyone has heard about the Koch brothers and their plan to overhaul the government for their own benefit.
Two of the wealthiest men in America, the Koch brothers have contributed millions of dollars to politics at the local, state and federal levels.
They’ve started a string of “non-profit” state and national groups to cook up research that supports their corporate-minded agenda. (For example: Koch Industries is one of the nation’s biggest polluters, and the brothers have spent more than $79 million on groups denying climate change science.)
With a billion dollars to spend between now and November 2016, you can be certain that the Koch brothers will be bringing their agenda to every corner of the state.
They’re planning on spending $1 billion on elections in 2016.
And the list goes on.
The Kochs have become so involved in shaping conservative politics that they’ve built their own publicity machine to make them more appealing to an increasingly skeptical public.
You might be thinking, does any of what the Koch brothers are doing have an impact in Oregon? Do people in the Pacific Northwest need to worry about them?
Well, if Oregonians didn’t care before, Team Koch is doing a good job of making sure that changes. In September, Koch Industries gave $35,000 to Republican candidates and to the pro-business, state-based PAC, Associated Oregon Industries. That’s more than twice what any other PAC donated in September, and they’re likely only getting started. With a billion dollars to spend between now and November 2016, you can be certain that the Koch brothers will be bringing their anti-worker, anti-environment, anti-democracy agenda to every corner of the state.
We’ve been calling their spending party “Kochtoberfest” — but unfortunately, the Koch brothers’ spending party plans to last all year long.