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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report. Koch and his brother David spent millions of dollars to get the tax law passed and are spending millions more in a public relations campaign in an attempt to boost support for the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the nation, operates refineries and manufactures a variety of products. The new tax law -- which slices corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, slashes estate taxes and includes a special deduction for oil and gas investors -- is expected to save the Koch brothers and their businesses billions of dollars in taxes.

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Just 13 days after the tax law was passed, Charles Koch and his wife, Elizabeth, donated nearly $500,000 to Ryan's joint fundraising committee, according to a campaign finance report filed Thursday.

Five other donors, including billionaire businessmen Jeffery Hildebrand and William Parfet, each contributed $100,000 in the last quarter of 2017, according to the records.

"It looks like House Speaker Ryan is quickly being rewarded for passing this legislation that overwhelmingly benefits the Kochs and billionaires like them," Adam Smith, spokesman for campaign finance reform nonprofit Every Voice, told the International Business Times, which first reported the Koch contributions.

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Corruption, pure and simple -- quid pro quo of the highest order.

These billionaire douche-bags are wrecking the country.

GOP = Greedy Oligarchs Party

Sickening

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-21 07:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

PINCH

"These billionaire douche-bags are wrecking the country."

It's not that I disagree. But I happen to know they have some partners in their ------------ crimes.

That would be all of us and everybody who unwittingly contribute to their enormous wealth.

For one, Koch Industries is the 3rd largest polluter in the United States. They get fined millions of dollar every year for polluting the waterways with the toxic runoff from their pulp factories. They've also been trying for years to get rid of the EPA regulations that levy those fines.

So . . . if anyone doesn't like their ------------, stop buying their products. I did that long ago.

Things like Georgia Pacific printer paper or toilet tissue Angel Soft, Quilted Northern and Soft and Gentle, or paper napkins Marti Gras, Sparkle, Vanity Fare and Zee.

And if you see the name Dixie on any cup, bowel or plate, treat it like a rattlesnake.

Don't ever think "this little bit won't hurt" because it's millions of those "little" things that are supporting the greed of people like Ryan.

It's us, you me and we, who are the enablers.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-21 08:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Supreme Court did this to us, we should never forget that. The Powell memo started it and it has been an intentional march towards Fascism ever since.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-21 10:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't ever think "this little bit won't hurt" because it's millions of those "little" things that are supporting the greed of people like Ryan.

It's us, you me and we, who are the enablers.

#2 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

I certainly agree that the power of the consumer-dollar speaks volumes, and we unwittingly enable the mega-corporations and their political puppets in terms of what we consume.

Real leadership means doing what's right for all Americans and not just their campaign donors, and politicians like Ryan fail that leadership-test because they're in the tank for only their d-bag billionaire donors.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-21 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What I find so appalling is that Ryan can be bought so cheaply. Considering how much these clowns make on these bits of legislation, this is bird feed.

#5 | Posted by morris at 2018-01-21 02:14 PM | Reply

We are Botswana.

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-01-21 05:44 PM | Reply

THIS is obvious pay for play. I recall the Reich in unison claiming HRC and the CGI were involved in pay for play when there was ZERO evidence. Well, here you have the evidence. Where are are the Righties jumping on their keyboards to excoriat the SWAMP, because Ryan, the Kochs, Mercers, and BLOTUS are ALL swamp creatures.

#7 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2018-01-21 05:47 PM | Reply

payoff by the 1% for the terrible things he's done for the 1% against the 99%.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-21 07:13 PM | Reply

That's why so many are "Retiring" . They got their golden parachute.

#9 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-01-21 09:42 PM | Reply

Bag of snakes is a very slick creature. I wonder what military persons think of his horrific gift in light of the Republican decision to stop paying said military persons.

How do they stay alive pissing on so many very well-trained patriots?

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-22 02:39 PM | Reply

They got their golden parachute.

#9 | Posted by bat4255

And promises for big fat jobs doing nothing on the outside from the grateful 1%ers.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-22 06:11 PM | Reply

They should just cut out the middlemen and hire an auctioneer.

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-22 06:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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