A secret memo obtained by journalists at Politico reveals a record level of 2015 funding for American for Prosperity (AFP), the so-called citizen action group created and run by the infamous Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, with an eye on influencing elections. The $125 million budget is the most the group has spent in a non-election year. This is a clear indicator how serious the Koch brother are about setting the groundwork to have a loud voice in the 2016 race for the White House.
The number was included in a confidential donor briefing document, called a “Partner Prospectus,” obtained by Politico, which also outlines a strategy that emphasizes supporting friends of “economic liberty” over party affiliations, at least for now. Instead of stumping for a GOP candidate, the Koch brothers seem to be avoiding weighing in on the primary elections in favor of expanding the reach of AFP. There are plans to create new chapters in Alabama, Idaho, North Dakota and Utah.
Although early rumors had David Koch firmly in the camp of GOP nominee Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he and the AFP backed off of endorsing any one candidate. Instead, Charles Koch told USA Today that he and his brother, along with their action team, plan to donate to at least five GOP candidates. Spokespeople for the various political groups associated with the Koch brothers insist that the focus is not the presidential race, but what they call a “long-term shift at every level of government toward a culture of freedom.”
Financial freedom, in particular, it would seem. James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which oversees AFP and the Koch political machine, says the organization plans to support candidates – from either side of the aisle – with a vision for creating free market solutions. A key issue for the network is reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, the official export credit agency of the United States.
But the Koch brothers are not entirely abandoning partisan politics. The Partner Prospectus also outlined an $889-million spending plan by the entire Koch network leading up to the 2016 election. This is part of its long-term plan to shift American politics to the right on fiscal issues. The Prospectus revealed that AFP employed 539 field staffers in key states in 2014, spent $60 million on TV, radio and online ads in 2014, knocked on 2.4 million doors and made 7.5 million calls.
Many believe as I do that the Koch brothers are the biggest threat to our form of government that exists today. We should all remember what a Republican President of the United States had to say on Nov. 19, 1863: “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I suspect that President Abraham Lincoln – if he were around today – would be shocked at what people like the Koch brothers are doing.
The Koch brothers’ plan is to control government at both the national and state levels. While that would seem to be a totally impossible task, it may just be a distinct possibility. Ordinary folks have little voice in government today and what little they do have may well be lost. That’s because of the huge amounts of money being spent in politics by powerful individuals and groups, and heading the list is the Koch brothers.
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