Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, February 07, 2014

(Formerly) Anonymous Koch Brothers Political Donors Outed

Last week the Koch Brothers held their twice-a-year meeting with their fellow rightwing movers and shakers.  Corporations and wealthy individuals who contribute to the Koch Brothers' various front groups are guaranteed to be kept anonymous.  They can make huge donations to Americans For Prosperity, Freedom Partners and other Kochtopus tentacles, and still keep hiding and cowering under their rocks so nobody knows who they are.

But at last week's meeting, one of the attendees left behind a sensitive document that listed some of the largest donors to the Kochtopus.  The document promptly found its way to Mother Jones, which is why these anonymous donors' identities have gone viral.

Without further ado, here are some of the corporations and individual billionaires who have been secretly trying to derail our democracy:

Papa John's Pizza;

TRT Holdings, owner of Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym;

Carl Berg, Silicon Valley real estate billionaire;

Ken Griffin, founder of Citadel hedge fund, ranks #103 on the Forbes 400;

Klipsch Group, headphone and speaker company;

John W. Childs, private equity investor;

Mountaire Corporation, huge agribusiness firm;

Charles Chandler, CEO of Intrust Bank;

Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant chain;

And on and on...

The complete list is shown at the linked article.


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5 Comments:

Blogger MRMacrum said...

Well Papa John Schnatter was no surprise. And of the few others I recognized the names of, well, given their positions in the 1% club, no surprise there either.

February 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They Get the largest tax breaks and subsidies in History and they still want more. I guess the average Joe would be breathless at the depth of their greed and quest for power.

Maybe when Obama is out of Office, a Republican takes over and their influence grows, the Teabaggers wont have a black man to pick on anymore. Maybe when they look up and see the even sadder shape they are in, they might join in.

Maybe...

Guess we better do something now

Erik

February 7, 2014 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MRM: True, this isn't surprising. I'm just always glad to see a billionaire getting outed after being reassured they could keep hiding under a rock without anyone knowing who they are or which campaigns they're financing.

Erik: No matter how huge their tax breaks and subsidies are, they want more. No matter how much Obama bends and contorts himself in order to compromise and build a consensus, he's a "dictator."

February 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

What a list... traitors one and all, as far as I'm concerned.

Corporate fascism. Subverting the democratic process by buying it... these are horrible people, and about as unpatriotic as possible. Why aren't Americans just about unanimously ashamed about what is happening?

I guess quite a few million American minds become degraded by the constant ingestion of propaganda these creepazoids foist on us all in the form of FOX "News", Newsmax, most of what is on AM radio "talk" programming, etc. People might not often be able to articulate why they are mad, but as long as they keep ingesting the bullcrap, they stay angry, and they're always angry at Democrats. What a great deal for puppeteers like the Kochs!

February 11, 2014 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I agree they're traitors. Just six years ago, anyone who spoke out against the Iraq invasion was considered a traitor or terrorist sympathizer by millions of brainwashed Americans. And these same people see nothing wrong with a few billionaires hijacking elections by making secret contributions (and no doubt hiding most of their money offshore so it can't be taxed).

February 11, 2014 at 6:56 PM  

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