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