Koch Brothers: Biblethumpers, NOT Libertarians
Most people think the Koch Brothers are using their inherited billions to fund pro-business anti-regulation causes and aren’t interested in the Christian Right’s social agenda.
An investigation by Politico and RH Reality Check has uncovered a vipers’ nest of Biblehump organizations that are secretly funded by the Koch Brothers. Tax documents show that Koch-funded “pro business” groups are pouring money into state legislatures’ attempts to close abortion clinics and ban birth control.
Senior Washington correspondent Adele Stan said:
“There is little doubt that the rash of anti-choice measures that flooded the legislative dockets in state capitols in 2013 was a coordinated effort by anti-choice groups and major right-wing donors lurking anonymously behind the facades of the non-profit ‘social welfare’ organizations unleashed to tear up the political landscape, thanks to the high court’s decision in Citizens United. Helping to drive the right-wing offensive in the states and in Congress is a network of deep-pocketed business titans convened by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.”
A Koch Brothers’ shell company, Freedom Partners, is the main clearinghouse for these anonymous donations. About two hundred donors give an average of $100,000 apiece, each year, to Freedom Partners. Freedom Partners, in turn, has funneled this money into the following Astroturf groups:
Center to Protect Patient Rights, a gang of teabaggers dedicated to fighting the twin evils of abortion and Obamacare;
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, which pushes the Talibangelical “Christian” agenda;
Generation Opportunity, a cult group that’s trying to lure “Liberty-loving” young people into their parlor;
And we’re all familiar with the infamous Americans for Prosperity.
The president and editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check describes this confluence of gutting the safety net and all regulations while bringing back the Salem Witch Trials:
“It is a marriage of ‘church and commerce’ not previously seen in the United States. Now it is clear that the Koch brothers are pouring money into a policy agenda that recognizes both corporations and fertilized eggs as people, but not the personhood of women.”
Yup, “Limited Government” in all its glory.