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Koch Brothers Money Hasn’t Bought as Much as You Think

Democrats have made denouncing the Koch brothers and their money a fetish. Back in 2010, for instance, Barack Obama called them out by name when he chided campaign finance laws: “They don’t have to say who, exactly, Americans for Prosperity are.” It’s true that entities started and mostly funded by the Koch brothers are using just a small part of the pair’s astounding $80 billion fortune to finance a fusillade of TV and Internet ads aimed at “big government.” 

Their network of think tanks, foundations and the like is all the more formidable since the Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing more money into elections. (Is it a shock that the eponymous conservative group, Citizens United, co-hosted New Hampshire’s Freedom Summit?)

But in recent weeks, with the midterm elections little more than six months away, Democrats have gone from grumbling about the Kochs to gunning for them. Their worry is that Koch-funded entities, like the AFP, have begun to spend eye-popping sums. In North Carolina, for instance, where freshman senator Kay Hagan is fighting to retain her seat, the AFP has already spent over $6 million in ads against her.

With the Democrats possibly losing control of the Senate, Harry Reid, their leader in that chamber, has gone after the Kochs with what seems like unprecedented language against private citizens. The Nevadan has called the Kochs “un-American” for “trying to buy America” and mentioned them over 100 times on the Senate floor. 

Reid has said that his wife came up with a tagline: that the Senate Republicans are “addicted to Koch.” (That’s some pillow talk.) Using the Senate floor to denounce the Kochs “is a desperation move of somebody who’s about to potentially lose their job,” says Steve Lombardo, the new chief communications and marketing officer at Koch Industries, recently recruited from PR giant Burson-Marsteller.

Koch Brothers Money Hasn’t Bought as Much as You Think

Democrats have made denouncing the Koch brothers and their money a fetish. Back in 2010, for instance, Barack Obama called them out by name when he chided campaign finance laws: “They don’t have to say who, exactly, Americans for Prosperity are.” It’s true that entities started and mostly funded by the Koch brothers are using just a small part of the pair’s astounding $80 billion fortune to finance a fusillade of TV and Internet ads aimed at “big government.”

Their network of think tanks, foundations and the like is all the more formidable since the Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing more money into elections. (Is it a shock that the eponymous conservative group, Citizens United, co-hosted New Hampshire’s Freedom Summit?)

But in recent weeks, with the midterm elections little more than six months away, Democrats have gone from grumbling about the Kochs to gunning for them. Their worry is that Koch-funded entities, like the AFP, have begun to spend eye-popping sums. In North Carolina, for instance, where freshman senator Kay Hagan is fighting to retain her seat, the AFP has already spent over $6 million in ads against her.

With the Democrats possibly losing control of the Senate, Harry Reid, their leader in that chamber, has gone after the Kochs with what seems like unprecedented language against private citizens. The Nevadan has called the Kochs “un-American” for “trying to buy America” and mentioned them over 100 times on the Senate floor.

Reid has said that his wife came up with a tagline: that the Senate Republicans are “addicted to Koch.” (That’s some pillow talk.) Using the Senate floor to denounce the Kochs “is a desperation move of somebody who’s about to potentially lose their job,” says Steve Lombardo, the new chief communications and marketing officer at Koch Industries, recently recruited from PR giant Burson-Marsteller.

Women voters proved that politicians cannot threaten their rights with impunity. We don’t yet know the precise influence that issues like equal-pay legislation, abortion, and birth control had on the electorate. Women are more liberal than men on a whole range of issues, including the strength of the safety net, and would likely have broken for Obama even if reproductive rights had played less of a role in the race.
Michelle Goldberg writes that the influence women exercised on this year’s results goes beyond electing female representation
Also, there’s this. David Frum’s GOP memo (he a former Bush speechwriter and now blogger) to the GOP will be up on the site tomorrow.

Also, there’s this. David Frum’s GOP memo (he a former Bush speechwriter and now blogger) to the GOP will be up on the site tomorrow.

"Mitt Romney is playing an old Republican game: if you don’t like the reality that exists, try to create a new one", writes special correspondent Michael Tomasky in this week’s issue - can the president close the deal on November 6th? PLUS, Simon Schama on 50 iconic years of Bond and on tablet watch a very rare interview with Korean pop sensation Psy on the inspiration behind his "Gangnam Style" http://bit.ly/TjJF2y

"Mitt Romney is playing an old Republican game: if you don’t like the reality that exists, try to create a new one", writes special correspondent Michael Tomasky in this week’s issue - can the president close the deal on November 6th? PLUS, Simon Schama on 50 iconic years of Bond and on tablet watch a very rare interview with Korean pop sensation Psy on the inspiration behind his "Gangnam Style" http://bit.ly/TjJF2y

I think that focusing so much on someone’s personal, sexual, or marital affairs is a distraction. It’s a matter of degree; if it’s above a certain point, yes. If you have someone who has lived a polygamous life, that would raise questions about their character and ability to obey the law. But the fact that somebody had been divorced and remarried—so what? Infidelity? If people want to put that into their evaluation, they have the right to do so. But the first thing I want to assess is your ability to lead and solve problems.
Herman Cain, he the one-time frontrunner of the GOP primary campaign, tells us about the role he thinks sexual behavior ought to play in evaluating candidates for public office. 
It’s been a tough few days for the GOP front-runner, who fumbled a debate and this morning is on record with a killer quote, saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services.” Now, sounds like the polls are catching up. Could Mitt Romney really lose New Hampshire? Like Nate Silver tweets: It’s not likely…but the unthinkable is actually in consideration.

It’s been a tough few days for the GOP front-runner, who fumbled a debate and this morning is on record with a killer quote, saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services.” Now, sounds like the polls are catching up. Could Mitt Romney really lose New Hampshire? Like Nate Silver tweets: It’s not likely…but the unthinkable is actually in consideration.

Watch Tonight’s GOP Debate On Your Tee Vee, Internet Chat On Your Computer Box

One-half of your nwk tumblr team is moderating a live chat during tonight’s GOP debate on CNBC. That means he’ll be approving comments and running polls while Howard Kurtz & Michelle Goldberg co-host a few hundred readers in a chat about 2012. Come, bring your armchair commentary! We want some of Tumblr Nation up in this business. The party starts at 8pm ET. You should be able to chat in the thingy above, but if not, visit the Beast. T-MINUS ONE HOUR.

I am the only candidate that’s been there. I went because I support their sentiment. Something is wrong with Wall Street. The big check beats the good idea. It’s the same thing that’s wrong with Washington, DC. I don’t take the big check, PAC money. Im free to lead, that’s what this campaign is about. I support the protesters PERIOD.
GOP presidential candidate Gov. Buddy Roemer in a Reddit AMA answering the question, ”What’s your opinion of the Occupy Wall Street movement?”

Perhaps you’ll join us?

Howard Kurtz & McKay Coppins will be hosting our live chat during tonight’s GOP debate (believe you can watch it on Bloomberg TV), and one of your nwk tumblr’s will be in there moderating comments, pulling in tweets, and running random polls. Perhaps you’d like to stop by? We’ll kick things off a little before 8:00pm ET as Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and our friend Michele Bachmann settle in amongst the other soon-to-be-also-rans to talk jobs, the economy, and because they can’t resist, Mormonism. As G. Andrew says on one of our Facebook pages, “I wonder who will get booed tonight? Orpans? Alzheimers patients? Kittens?” Stop by to find out!