Congrats to the Koch brothers for "making it rain" in the upcoming elections. Those boys have lots of money and they know how to use it to shape the country to fit their own political ideology.
Hey, I am not mad at them, the supremes gave them a way to do it and they are taking advantage of the law. It's the American way: The man with the most money wins.
"WASHINGTON -- Democrats appear to be winning the fundraising race at nearly every turn in Senate contests and doing well enough at the House level this year. Their congressional party committees and super PACs are on record pace ahead of their Republican counterparts, while the majority of Democratic incumbents in key races boast a financial advantage over their opponents. And yet, it's still likely Democrats will be outspent by wide margins.
The reason can be summed up in three words: the Koch brothers.
The two billionaire industrialists, Charles and David Koch, and their dual networks of undisclosed donors and "dark money" nonprofits, have emerged as the largest independent political force on the Republican side. Already, groups linked to the Kochs have spent more than $25 million on television and radio in crucial 2014 House and Senate races, according to Democratic media-buying sources. Other reports, which also count spending on digital advertising, show a total that is closer to $30 million." [Source]
Personally, I guess it's cool to spend tons of your own money on things you care about. But why aren't they open and up front about it ? Why all the "dark money"? It's as if they are ashamed to be identified with their money.
Anyway, I sure hope the money isn't going towards electing more folks like Susan Atanus into office. I mean that would be downright scary.
Susan, in case you were wondering, has some strange ideas about how the lord works.
"On Tuesday, Illinois Republicans opted to nominate Susanne Atanus as their party’s choice in the primary for that state’s 9th district by a margin of almost five percentage points. Earlier this year, Atanus drew attention by telling The Daily Herald newspaper that as a “God-first conservative Republican” she believes many of the plights of the last several decades, including droughts, tornadoes and diseases like autism and dementia are God’s punishment for gay marriage and legalized abortions.
“God controls the weather,” Atanus said definitively in January. “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions. We are provoking him with same-sex marriage, gay rights, civil unions.”
Lord, I know that according to Susanne you are a right wing "conservative Republican", but please have mercy on us all.
I am glad that one of my favorite congressmen, John Lewis, can sing and dance to Happy by Pharrell. But with all that "dark money" out there helping to get wingnuts like Susanne Atanus elected to public office, I can guarantee you that he won't be happy much longer.