Bachmann 1st GOP Candidate To Get Koch Cash

July 15th, 2011 at 11:39 am | 9 Comments |

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Mother Jones reports:

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, spread their money far and wide. They fund free-market think tanks, right-leaning academic organizations, and conservative political advocacy groups, such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which helped cultivate the tea party. The political action committee for the Kochs’ massive conglomerate, Koch Industries, has also given generously to big-name conservative politicians throughout the country at both the federal and state level. But when it comes to the 2012 presidential race, the Kochs have been more selective with their giving, with only one presidential candidate so far benefitting from their largesse: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

In late May, KochPAC, as Koch Industries’ PAC is known, donated $10,000 in one day to Bachmann-linked committees—$5,000 to her 2012 congressional re-election committee and $5,000 to her political action committee, MICHELE PAC, according to the most recent records available. (That’s short for Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere PAC.) The two checks weren’t KochPAC’s first contributions to Bachmann. According to federal campaign records, the committee has given $25,000 to the Minnesota congresswoman since 2006, excluding the May donation.

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9 Comments so far ↓

  • TerryF98

    Koch sucker!

  • Graychin

    Michelle Bachmann has too much integrity to reduce herself to being a water-carrier for the Koch interests.

    Doesn’t she?

  • chicago_guy

    Within the Koch compound, their PAC is known as the “Useful Idiots Fund”.

  • ConnerMcMaub

    As a supporter of President Obama, I am grateful to any and all assistance given to Congresswoman Bachmann. She is a patriot and an American treasure, please send her money now.

  • medinnus

    She and her husband both love the Koch.

  • dmnolan

    Well, here we have it. The very model of popular rule. But in whose hands shall we place our future? A narcissistic populist, venal and ineffective career politicians, or the elusive monopolist financiers who fuel them both?

  • pnwguy

    A funny thing about Koch. I was just at the Smithsonian last month, and the Museum of Natural History has a permanent exhibit on human origins and evolution, sponsored by David Koch. There are banners up about it even outside the museum entrances. I wonder how many TP supporters and politicians he’s supporting would publicly disagree with him on this and denounce his funding of it? I’m wondering if the Bachmann duo would, right after they cash his checks.

    Where is the outrage in the fundamentalist community that this guy is “spreading the lies of Satan” to their children?