Koch Industries among hosts of Carly Fiorina fundraiser

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Republican Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina will attend a high-dollar fundraiser Thursday night that includes Koch Industries PAC, a conservative megadonor that has been the subject of some high-profile magazine pieces of late.

TPM tells us perhaps all we need to know about Fiorina.

Sure, she flip-flopped on climate action and clean energy in endorsing Prop. 23 (see “Fiorina was for clean energy before she was against it).  And in doing so, she joined the side of the Koch brothers (see “The effort to stop clean energy just got a lot dirtier“).

But to get directly funded by the Kochs — to have them co-host a fundraiser — makes clear that she is wholly on the pro-pollution, antiscience side (see “From promoting acid rain to climate denial “” over 20 years of David Koch’s polluter front groups“).  TPM has more:

The Koch brothers have become conservative super-villains for Democrats this year, igniting Democrats in the same way George Soros’ spending on liberal causes enrages the right.  According to the invitation for the Thursday night reception at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters near Union Station, hosts — including Koch — donated $2,500. It includes a special reception for sponsors Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, Sen. Jon Kyl and the 26 hosts including Koch Industries PAC. The general reception with the Senate Republican caucus follows. Sponsors paid $5,000 per PAC or $2,400 for an individual sponsorship. The plastic surgeons’ political action committee, Plastypac, also is a host.

TPM obtained a copy of the invitation, which you can view here.

Koch has a storied history. TPM has followed the brothers’ involvement in funding tea party groups, among other conservative causes.

The New Yorker recently published a 6,000-word expos© detailing the Koch brothers Charles Koch and David Koch and their involvement in conservative causes aiming to defeat President Obama and his agenda. The latest iteration comes as Koch spars with the White House over corporate donations.

In addition to their role in the conservative movement, Koch Industries has long been pegged as a top outsourcer.

Democrats have been slamming Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, for campaigning on jobs given that she laid off thousands of HP workers during her tenure. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) said during their debate last month that Fiorina had outsourced jobs that she could have kept in California. The Democrats are likely to use any Fiorina ties to Koch, even in this run-of-the-mill fundraiser, to exploit the outsourcing critique.

Sad to see what has become of Fiorina (see “The dumbing down of Carly Fiorina“).

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9 Responses to Koch Industries among hosts of Carly Fiorina fundraiser

  1. mike roddy says:

    We shouldn’t have to learn from small circulation outlets like TPM and The New Yorker that oil and coal companies have succeeded in subverting our democracy. The Kochs’ political views were hatched in the John Birch Society, and if they had their way they would pay no taxes and privatize Social Security.

    This is and has been a serious assault on America, despite the extremists’ attempts to coopt patriotism by always picturing their politicians with flags in the background.

    The oil companies apparently cooperated with Russian oligarchs to burglarize climate scientists’ private emails, and then succeeded in persuading the press to make the scientists into the scandal. Climate science is portrayed in the press as controversial and unproven, and yesterday’s news. All so they can sell us more oil and coal, and amass more wealth.

    Journalists, meanwhile, opine on Dot Earth and this blog that Americans have short attention spans, and, unlike, say, Brazilians or Germans, will never get climate change. We are supposed to sympathize with journalists who need to consider their their personal ambitions first.

    Time to wake up, folks.

  2. The end is near for oil. Either a large number of the carbon units that burn it will perish, or the supply will run out…or both.
    I wonder if the Koch brothers have already built a fortress in northern Canada.

  3. Mike Roddy,
    got any links for the Russian oligarchs angle?

  4. mike roddy says:

    Peter Sinclair:

    The Climategate emails were downloaded to a Russian server, and distributed from there. Apparently whoever broke in at CRU wanted to cover his trail.

    It’s strictly a theory that the oil companies and Russian oil interests cooperated in the breakin, based on the sophistication of the operation and the evidence trail from Russia. The fact that our side was involved is apparent in the speed with which the thousands of emails were mined in order to hang Mann and Jones with bitchy language, or cryptic descriptions of the science.

    This is forbidden territory. Law enforcement from England and Russia is not really investigating, and the media would rather tut tut about the language in Jones’ personal emails.

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    You certainly have a really corrupt,-politically, financially, morally and spiritually,-ruling caste in the US. The big problem, the one that seems set to see humanity suffer a hideous, possibly terminal, catastrophe, is how easily this pathocracy seems able to manipulate people to act against their and their children’s interests. Not only are people still prepared, although in diminishing numbers, to vote for one or other parties completely controlled by business interests who could not care less whether ‘the little people’ lived or died, but they have, in huge numbers, been induced to reject science, rationality and the truth, and rely, instead, on simple assetion, blind faith and the paranoid ranings of the Rightwing brainwashers.
    I think that American religiosity has a lot to answer for. Not just the ‘Christian’ religiosity that rejects evolution, and believes the Bible the literal truth, and Israel a Holy State ordained by God (and handy for bringing on the Apocalypse), but the politial/economic religion of Americanism. You know ‘Truth, justice and the American Way’, brought to you, whether you want it or not, at the point of a Hellfire missile. The Americanism of ‘The American Way of Life’ of ever increasing consumption of ever more pointless junk, in a ruthless competition to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. Materialism run amok, posing as morality, or rather, sanctimonious moralism, added to increasingly febrile delusions of eternal superiority to the rest of humanity. That’s the problem with young societies that haven’t been invaded, defeated in war, wracked by social discord and internecine war, like older civilizations have. You haven’t learned humility, and you’re running out of time to do so. As long as you continue to think that you deserve to ‘call the shots’ across the planet, then we are all going over the precipice and into the abyss, together.

  6. Sasparilla says:

    #1 Mike Roddy, I think you’re being too nice to the Koch brothers – they don’t want to privatize Social Security, they want to eliminate it as well as eliminate taxes and eliminate all regulation of business…

    At their hearts they are Libertarians (one of them was the Libertarian VP in 1980), they know running a straight Libertarian angle won’t get them what they want, so they are successfully subverting the GOP towards their goals.

    One of them was the only survivor (1st class section) in an air crash and believes he was kept around to do this (i.e. god’s will).

    The New Yorker article really lays it out.

  7. Will G. says:

    Greenpeace broke the Koch story over a year ago which led to the nytimes article. Go Boxer!

  8. Dana says:

    The good news is that Boxer’s lead has been growing recently. Nate Silver bumped her up to a better than 3-to-1 chance of defeating Fiorina as of this week.

  9. Lord Earle Smith says:

    Greenpeace is going down hill. koch Industries will get the last laugh.