Kochs to spend $900 million on 2016 campaigns

(Personal note: Thank you, U.S. Supreme Court!)

From The New York Times

The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races. In the last presidential election, the Republican National Committee and the party’s two congressional campaign committees spent a total of $657 million.

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The Koch Party

An editorial from The New York Times

Only a few weeks into this midterm election year, the right-wing political zeppelin is fully inflated with secret cash and is firing malicious falsehoods at supporters of health care reform.

As Carl Hulse of The Times reported recently, Democrats have been staggered by a $20 million advertising blitz produced by Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group organized and financed by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists. The ads take aim at House and Senate candidates for re-election who have supported the health law, and blame them for the hyped-up problems with the law’s rollout that now seem to be the sole plank in this year’s Republican platform. Continue reading

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Kansas and public education funding

From the New York Times

By DAVID SCIARRA
and WADE HENDERSON

January 7, 2014

KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom.

And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education. Even though the state Constitution requires that it make “suitable provision” for financing public education, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have made draconian cuts in school spending, leading to a lawsuit that now sits before the state Supreme Court. Continue reading

Chartrand…

Some things that should make us ponder

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Pan-Arab broadcaster Al Jazeera says its U.S. news network will offer serious reporting, less yelling and shrill commentary, and less coverage of celebrities — a programming formula certain to alienate American viewers.

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There are two ways to protect your privacy:  Rely on Congress to do it, or stay off the internet.  Both may require prescription drugs.
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Is it okay now  to quit reading about that obscenely rich fellow who bought The Washington Post?  Supreme Court nominees have received less public scrutiny. Continue reading

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