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Saturday, January 27, 2018

The influential Koch network plans to invest close to $400 million toward protecting Republican majorities in the 2018 midterm election cycle, the network's leaders confirmed Saturday -- roughly a 60 percent increase over the group's 2016 spending, they said.

"This network is going to have the largest investment we've ever had in a midterm election in 2018," said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, one of the groups under the Koch umbrella.

"So, we're all in."

A key component of the Koch networks' strategy to counter a Democratic surge will focus on selling the sweeping tax reform passed by congressional Republicans and signed into law by the president last month.

The Koch network plans to spend roughly $20 million on that effort alone, said a spokesman, James Davis -- on par with the investment the network made last year in pushing for the plan's passage.

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Republicans and the Koch network will have their work cut out for them: When Congress approved the legislation in December, most Americans opposed it.

Republicans are bracing for a punishing election year in 2018, a dynamic that Phillips acknowledged.

Another challenge for Republicans is an energized Democratic electorate, Phillips added, as reflected in the Virginia governor's race last fall and recent special elections.

"The left is energized," Phillips said. "There's no question about that. And it's prudent for folks to understand that and acknowledge that."

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Koch Bros to Invest $400M to Buy Republicans for 2018

The Rightwing Douchebag Brothers vomiting allover the American political process once again -- sickening.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-27 10:06 PM | Reply

And it will work.

Never underestimate how easily manipulated the average American voter can be.

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-27 10:50 PM | Reply

400 million? 20 million? A pittance compared to what they'll get back on their investment in tax cuts and less regulations for themselves.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-27 10:57 PM | Reply

A good investment.

Smart people being smart with their money.

Look at all the money lost by people who invested in Hillary and the Dems.

#4 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-01-28 12:02 AM | Reply

#4

In every political race a s**t load of money is invested in a loser. But you don't know which is which until the race is done.

I'm feeling some political breezes I haven't felt in a long time. Will it turn into wind, we'll see as the storm brews.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-28 12:24 AM | Reply

"A good investment."

Seems like you think political wins should go to the highest bidder.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-28 01:36 AM | Reply

No, I think people should "invest" in people who support policies that are good for the United States of America.

This is why for the most part the Repubs are a good investment.

The past year vs the previous 8 years is all the evidence you need.

Now with the Dems taking the side of illegal immigrants over US Citizens, what more evidence do you need?

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-01-28 09:24 AM | Reply

No, I think people should "invest" in people who support policies that are good for the United States of America.

This is why for the most part the Repubs are a good investment.

The past year vs the previous 8 years is all the evidence you need.

Now with the Dems taking the side of illegal immigrants over US Citizens, what more evidence do you need?

#7 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

WRONG

You have it all backwards.

Billionaire douchebags like The Koch Brothers have a disproportion amount of influence on the political process.

While it's corny, "all men are created equal" is supposed to mean just that ... and The Koch Brothers aren't just putting their thumbs on the scale, they're literally standing on the scale, in order to get their way -- and that should make everyone upset.

Also, it's these same GOP donors like The Koch Brothers who, after buying the American political process, are responsible for enticing illegal immigration in the first place by hiring them.

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-28 10:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hillary out-raised and out-spent Trump 2 to 1, and lost.

Turns out you can't put a price on simple shit talking. The media loves it even when they hate it.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-28 11:21 AM | Reply

^Is that including or not including Russian money in trolling and fake ads? Just curious.

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-28 11:30 AM | Reply

Russian spending on ads and trolling is 0.05% of what Hillary & Trump spent on the same services. As of total campaign spending, less than 0.01%.

It's probably one of the most cost effective propaganda campaigns in history.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-28 11:58 AM | Reply

It's probably one of the most cost effective propaganda campaigns in history.

Second only to Bin Laden's.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-28 12:26 PM | Reply

#11 You're not supposed to acknowledge it was effective...

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-28 12:50 PM | Reply

$400,000,000 is chump change for the $1,400,000,000 tax cut they are getting ANNUALLY.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-28 02:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is why for the most part the Repubs are a good investment.
#7 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Please elaborate. Why are Republicans (for the most part) a good investment?

I'm curious as to why people vote for republican candidates.

Perhaps you can explain.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-28 05:38 PM | Reply

15

Perhaps he means that it's a good investment for the Koch's and similar folks.

#16 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-28 05:44 PM | Reply

#16

But he also said, "I think people should "invest" in people who support policies that are good for the United States of America."

If he had instead said, "I think people should "invest" in people who support policies that are good for themselves."

Then I would agree he perhaps meant, "it's a good investment for the Koch's and similar folks."

Because, I would argue, what's best for Koch's and similar folks, may not be what's best for the United States of America.

But. Perhaps the Koch's and similar folk are a lot more altruistic and empathetic than I give them credit for.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-28 08:37 PM | Reply

Why are Republicans (for the most part) a good investment?

Why are Democrats (for the most part) a good investment?

#18 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-01-28 08:46 PM | Reply

#18

I didn't make the statement, "This is why for the most part the Repubs are a good investment."

I'm trying to understand his perspective.

Once you or he answer my question. I'll answer yours.

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-29 12:22 AM | Reply

When people vote for the Republican candidate it is because they don't like the Democratic one.

#20 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-01-29 12:30 AM | Reply

Profound.

#21 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-29 12:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

17

I see your point.

#22 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-29 02:25 AM | Reply

cheap, huh. a steal.

#23 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-29 07:09 AM | Reply

#11 You're not supposed to acknowledge it was effective...

#13 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-01-28 12:50 PM | FLAG:

Effective at... ? That's the important bit.

On the vote, it wasn't. Marketing to echo chambers doesn't sway votes. It didn't effect economic anxiety in the key districts Hillary lost as quantified by FiveThirtyEight.

The goal of the Russian program, as we know it from intel agency testimony, was to create discord and division in US politics. It was established long before anybody thought Trump had a chance. From the same testimony we even know they fine tuned their propaganda post-election to keep those divisions intensifying. It's clearly working, and they're getting it done cheap.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 08:18 AM | Reply

Republican Party needs to change their name to Whorepublican Party. I would honestly be embarrassed to be a member and I have lots of family who are that don't get along with me, and that's fine with me. I don't like them and I won't pretend that I do.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-29 08:37 AM | Reply

"On the vote, it wasn't. Marketing to echo chambers doesn't sway votes. It didn't effect economic anxiety in the key districts Hillary lost as quantified by FiveThirtyEight."

Never mind how many registered voters were disqualified because their name was similar to another voter in another state. Over 1.1 million in swing states. Say it didn't matter and you're just acknowledging that you are a liar.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-29 08:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#26 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-01-29 08:38 AM | REPLY

I'd ask if you realized that both sides make fun of you for promoting the crosscheck conspiracy theory, but we all know the answer.

#27 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 09:03 AM | Reply

"Why are Democrats (for the most part) a good investment?" - #18 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-01-28 08:46 PM

Trump Is Right About One Thing: 'The Economy Does Better Under The Democrats'
You're welcome.

#28 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-29 11:35 AM | Reply

"conspiracy theory"

Sitz, how can you call it a conspiracy theory when you can't name any people whose voter registrations were cancelled thanks to CrossCheck, and thus you can't tell me if they were properly or improperly denied the ballot?

Where's the evidence, either way?

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Conspiracy hypothesis just doesn't have the same ring to it.

#30 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 02:21 PM | Reply

Where is the conspiracy, for that matter?

1. CrossCheck algorirhm prints out a list and hands it to the Secretary of State
2. Secretary of State removes those names from the voting rolls.

No conspiracy that I can see.
Educate me.
Thanks.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 04:45 PM | Reply

A good investment.
#4 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

...I think people should "invest" in people who support policies that are good for the United States of America.
#7 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Those are two very conflicting statements.

#32 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-29 04:48 PM | Reply

No conspiracy that I can see.
Educate me.
Thanks.

#31 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-01-29 04:45 PM | REPLY

I don't see one either, but there is a niche that does

#33 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 05:04 PM | Reply

2. Secretary of State removes those names from the voting rolls.

Nope. Google state and federal laws regarding voter list maintenance to educate yourself.

#34 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-29 07:01 PM | Reply

Et_Al,
Maybe you'd like to educate me how the CrossCheck list gets used.
Is that knowledge you possess?
Thanks.

#35 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 07:32 PM | Reply

Maybe you'd like to educate me how the CrossCheck list gets used.

I have been arguing this issue with Danni for well over a year. I have provided numerous links to how Crosscheck works and how state and federal law constrains the false premise you put forth at 31.

That you either missed or, more likely, chose to ignore the information imposes no obligation on me to do it again. If you really want to know, find the documentation published by the PA ACLU that describes what Crosscheck does (I know you've seen it because you've linked a letter from the PA SOS declining to provide some of the information requested by the ACLU). Then find the constraints on list maintenance under NVRA and HAVA, the DOJ provides a concise summary. Then find the state law constraints placed on those who compile and maintain registration lists, it ain't the SOS, by each state, some of which are more restrictive than the floor set by the feds.

#36 | Posted by et_al at 2018-01-29 08:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Et Al,

You're such a buzz kill. The conspiracy is so much more fun to believe.

#37 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-29 08:59 PM | Reply

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