Friday, April 16, 2010

Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund)

I see our new 3rd District Alderman was in the paper as a member of West Bend's Tea Party sleeper cell attending the Tea Party in Madison this week. They're all just regular folks like him... you know, people who live in $450,000 houses with indoor pools who belong to organizations like Americans for Prosperity.

Ahem.


Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund)
Now, it's well known that Kansas-based Koch, one of the largest private companies in the world, with a hand in everything from chemical production to commodity trading, and associated foundations plow millions into right-wing causes including climate change denial and pro-corporate economics research.

Another of Koch's beneficiaries is Americans for Prosperity, which was founded in part by the company's Executive Vice President, David Koch. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

AFP, based in Washington, has been a key organizer of many tea party events, including Tax Day Tea Party rallies in at least nine states today. (Indeed, we last encountered AFP when a man holding an "I Am AFP!" sign at an Ohio tea party protest berated a pro-health reform rallier who is disabled by Parkinson's.)


But, so long as you get to work for billionaires... you know.

Mp

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