Billionaire Industrialist David Koch promised to help support Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) who is up for a recall election and his promise just came through by way of a $1 million donation.
“We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” Koch said. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.”
Here’s more proof of that:
Koch personally gave $1 million earlier this year to the Republican Governors Association, which is running ads statewide supporting Walker and criticizing the top two Democratic candidates – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.
The information on the donation is listed in federal tax records filed this week.
A spokeswoman for Koch downplayed the contribution, saying it went for the general support of the Republican group.
“All contributions made to the RGA go into our general fund and are not earmarked,” explained Mike Schrimpf, the group’s communications director.
Koch’s $1 million contribution comes on top of the cash that he and his brother, Charles, have given to Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group founded by the pair that aired a series of ads earlier this year supporting Walker’s budget proposals.
The political action committee for Koch Industries – an energy and consumer products conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan. – also contributed $43,000 to Walker’s campaign in 2010.
The Koch brothers are also linked to a $3.6 million ad campaign slamming President Barack Obama on gasoline prices. Fox News, in concert with the wealthy siblings continuously blamed the Obama Administration for rising gas prices — a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by energy analysts.
When President Obama took office, that’s when the attacks from the Kochs began and hiding from the spotlight was no longer an option. The billionaire siblings hijacked the Tea Party – rather were tied to groups that did, then began their all out assult.
Think Progress reports:
As it turns out, Koch Industries, the petrochemical conglomerate owned by David and Charles Koch, has dumped benzene into streams.
In 2000, the Department of Justice served the company with an indictment for allowing “at least 91 metric tons of uncontrolled benzene in its liquid waste streams” during a period in 1995 at its Corpus Christi refinery. Prosecutors alleged that the company was well aware of its pollution, and that Koch’s employees conspired to deceive regulators.
Shortly after President Bush took office in 2001, his Attorney General John Ashcroft dropped 88 counts against Koch for the benzene spill and cover-up. Koch pleaded guilty to falsifying documents, all major charges were dropped and the company settled the lawsuit for $20 million, a small part of the possible $350 million in fines. The Bush administration, the beneficiary of large Koch campaign checks, essentially slapped the company on the wrist for leaking a chemical known to cause leukemia.
Since the indictment, Koch has invested in modifying its Texas refinery. Over the years, however, there were other incidents benzene releases from Koch’s Corpus Christi plant.
The fact is, the Koch brothers are one of the most devastating polluters of America and I don’t just mean politically.
Scott Walker does not stand with Wisconsin. He stands with money — big money.
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