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This is Your Election… and This Is Your Election on Koch: UPDATED.

This article has been updated from its original post by the Second Nexus editors on 1/29/15. 

In 2012, I donated to help my candidate win, and hoped my party would hold on to some key seats in the House and Senate. Granted, it wasn’t a lot of money–probably under $50 total. But I felt I’d done my part. I was one of the over 3 million people who put their money behind their beliefs. As it turns out, I might as well have been throwing my money into the wind.

In 2014, billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch bulldozed our national electoral landscape, delivering a decisive blow to Democrats in the midterms. Capitalizing on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which uncapped political campaign spending limits, the Kochs essentially bankrolled the Republican take-over of the Senate with their PACs’ “dark money.”

In particular, two organizations spearheaded by the brothers, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC, helped the GOP clinch competitive Senate and House races by funding almost 44,000 advertisements aimed at November’s midterm elections alone. “The two groups at the heart of the Koch brothers’ political network spent a combined $100 million on competitive races in 2014,” spokesperson for the organizations told the National Journal. Politico.com commented, “The vast network of political nonprofit groups they helped build has 

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    • Mark Cline

      This article is a bunch of bullS***. Here’s a list of top contributors for the 2014 races. … http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/topindivs.php
      The Kocks were numbers #24 and #26 on the list. The top 2 were Dem supporters. The Kocks were far behind such Democratic notables as Bloomburg and Soros. This article is just more lies from the left to push their agenda.

      • unbound55

        Keep in mind that OpenSecrets tracks national activity only. In regards to the 2014 races, these were state level activities and groups such as AFP (mentioned in the article) split into state chapters which is not tracked by OpenSecrets (although they really should strive to be better about that).

        This is why AFP and FPAF combined spent $100 million in reality, but OpenSecrets only shows a few tens of millions (http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000024046 for AFP and http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00564765&cycle=2014 for FPAF).

        Also, the link you provided was individual donors which, as the article pointed out, is not how most of the rich donate anymore. If you want the overall federal spending, the appropriate OpenSecrets link is http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/

        • Chris Fulmer

          it is true.. open-secret numbers do not track any advertisements not directly funded by the officials in question.. things seem on par until you add in all the extra “free” advertising the GOP received from independent groups..

      • Tom Simmons

        Thank you Mark, you are 100% right ,but for democrats, don’t confuse me with facts my mind is made up.

    • Mark Cline

      From a differernt article at Huff Po Politics … “Overall, mega-donors giving solely to Democratic Party groups pumped
      $228.4 million into super PACs, or 62 percent of the total, compared
      with $109.6 million for Republican mega-donors.” So who is really trying to buy the elections? The Dems or the Republicans? The Dems spent more than twice as much as the Republicans!

      • unbound55

        Actually, here is the total spending from FEC reporting – http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/

        • Jake106

          What I find interesting about the information available at that website is how much more money the various unions gave to the Democrats than the Kochs gave to the Republicans, and yet somehow that isn’t an issue.

          A rational person would find BOTH of those figures to be a problem.

    • D K

      The whole “donation” system is a farce to begin with. How is that democracy? When money can influence outcomes?

      • The Moderate

        It didn’t influence as much as people pretend. How did the Koch brothers cause the Democrats to lose when Democrats outspent Republicans on the midterms?

    • sharpeshooter2

      Those tricky Koch Bros sure know how to corner the market on free speech. Maybe if they buy it all, they can sell it for a profit.

    • Jim Michael Rosser

      Steyer and Soros (democrat billionaires) are just as likely to influence elections as the Koch brothers. The left is just pissed that they don’t buy all elections. Now they’ll have to totally rely on dead people and illegals.