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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Local "Divide and Conquer" Booster Mentioned In Koch Funding Story

Local divide-and-conquer booster Diane Hendricks of ABC Supply (Beloit) was mentioned in a recent story at Politico. In their article, Koch Donors Uncloaked, Hendricks is listed among a handful of ultra-rich conservatives paying at least $1M to fund Koch's new super PAC "Freedom Partners Action Fund."

Politico Excerpt:
The deep-pocketed political network created by the billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch this summer quietly launched a super PAC that can buy explicitly political ads supporting Republican candidates rather than the issue-oriented ads they‘d been airing for years.

The catch: For the first time, the network’s donors would be publicly identified if they gave to the super PAC.

Their "candidate advocacy" ads don't have to necessarily be in support of a candidate. The Super PAC can attack opposition candidates as well so long as the PAC's donors identities are disclosed.

This is a different set-up from the "dark money" laundering schemes Gov. Scott Walker was accused of coordinating with the issue advocacy group Wisconsin Club for Growth.

In Walker's scandal, prosecutors turned up evidence that showed the governor redirected supporters for recall candidates to funnel millions of dollars into Wisconsin Club for Growth, later to be used to coordinate and develop campaign themes and political ads. Issue advocacy groups can accept corporate and individual donations without limitations and no donors disclosure.

Nevertheless, if you spot the fine print "Freedom Partners Action Fund" buried somewhere in a political attack ad, you'll at least know these are paid for by the one-tenth of one percenters who are making a concerted effort to buy our elections.


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Anonymous said...

Saw DH at the polls during the primary. Couldn't even look at her, her politics disgust me so. At least Kenny kept his political leanings somewhat quiet.

Lou Kaye said...

I think there were political differences, however subtle to the public eye, between the two despite both of them being avowed "conservatives" Ken dabbled in industries that oftentimes went against the grain of old money conservatism. He looked to renewables and sustainable industries for a better future. He was a real risk taker and an out-the-box thinker who seemed to be on a return path to his roots by helping the little man right before his death. I think Ken saw himself in workers, not businessmen, and related to that in positive inspiring ways. He was a dynamo. It's not the same with D.

Why he kept returning, as a billionaire, to modest local tax treasuries to leverage his projects was one disagreement I had with him. Obviously none of the that matters now, but I believe things would have positively different in Wisconsin had he survived his fall with just a bump - crazy as it might sound.

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