Video: Scott Brown begs David Koch for money


At the public dedication of MIT’s David H. Koch Integrative Cancer Institute last Friday, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) effusively thanked conservative billionaire David Koch for supporting his election in 2010 and made a plea for help in his re-election campaign next year.  [JR:  Don’t get me started on the MIT grant — I’ll post on it later.]  Brad Johnson has the Brown-Koch story.

David Koch directly gave the National Republican Senatorial Committee $30,400 in November 2009, and the Koch Industries PAC threw in $15,000 to NRSC plus $5,000 more directly to Brown right before Brown’s special election. In the following exchange, Brown thanks Koch and his wife Julia (off-camera) for their support, saying “I can certainly use it again”:

BROWN: Your support during the election, it meant a ton. It made a difference and I can certainly use it again. Obviously, the -

KOCH: When are you running for the next term?

BROWN: ’12.

KOCH: Oh, okay.

BROWN: I’m in the cycle right now. We’re already banging away.

Watch it:

Brown then lavished praise on the Kochs and MIT president Susan Hockfield for establishing the research center with $100 million, about 0.5 percent of Koch’s toxic petrochemical fortune. Koch’s Tea Party politicians in the House are working to negate his contribution by cutting $1.6 billion in federal funding for the National Instititues of Health.

Brown has been a good Koch foot soldier, voting to protect Koch’s carbon pollution and complaining about the “onerous” estate tax.


BROWN: Your support during the election, it meant a, it meant a ton. It made a, it made a difference and I can certainly use it again. Obviously, the uh . . .

KOCH: When are you running, uh, for the next term?

BROWN: ’12.

KOCH: Oh, okay.

BROWN: I’m in the cycle, I’m in the cycle right now. We’re already banging away. But you guys should all be very proud. I mean this is amazing. I’ve actually taken the tour and uh just the things you aim to attack this issue is, is huge.


BROWN: Thank you, for your leadership.

KOCH: Susan was the main uh uh person who created the idea of combining the uh the bioengineers with the cancer researchers and then uh, so she’s a brilliant lady and a leader here.

HOCKFIELD: Hi, David. David’s enthusiasm, Tyler’s [Jacks, Koch Institute director] genius, and I just said, sure, let’s do it.

KOCH: Ha ha ha!

The Boston Globe‘s Mark Arsenault notes,

In public appearances, the senator says that he’s not interested in politicking right now, that there will be time for it in 2012 “” his re-election year. Yet in the video, Brown tells Koch he’s politicking right now.

– Brad Johnson, in a Wonk Room cross-post.

8 Responses to Video: Scott Brown begs David Koch for money

  1. Pythagoras says:

    I cannot understand how the MIT corporation can accept funds from Koch when they are patently in opposition to the principles of science based policy making.

    I am for starting a campaign of MIT alums who’d protest Koch’s Lysenkoism.

  2. caerbannog says:

    Anyone on the ball knows full well that the donation to MIT was almost certainly an “appreciated stock” donation which generates an incredible tax writeoff. I wouldn’t be surprised if the donation, after figuring in the tax benefits, didn’t cost the David Koch a penny. Koch’s tax-advantaged donation amounted to nothing more than indirect federal funding for MIT — except that Koch, not the federal government, gets to take the credit for it.

  3. Mike Roddy says:

    If Harry Truman or even Dwight Eisenhower were alive today, he would vomit. The notion of a United States Senator groveling for money from a serial criminal like David Koch (fraud, negligence, and theft) is absolutely sickening.

  4. Prokaryotes says:

    David Koch for President!


  5. Chris F. says:

    The science that hopes to find whiz-bang cures for cancer is the EXACT SAME science that uncovers the deleterious health effects of our lifestyle and chemical exposure. Everyone loves the science of iPhones and cancer drugs, but the science of unintended consequences, of living in an environment drastically different from that of our evolution, is a pariah. David Koch and his toadies, who makes billions pouring externalities down our throats, just want this “junk science” to go away.

    I wish the average American understood that this approach to science policy GUARANTEES that they, and future generations, must work harder just to stay in place (but not really). That is, someone will have to sweep more floors, lay more bricks, …whatever, to feed this inefficient cycle of creating/exacerbating problems, then working really hard to solve them.

    It’s like allowing a herd of wildebeest to run through your living room every morning. Every afternoon, you hire a nice man to repair the damage. He gives you a discount, so you’re happy. He offers to fix the door too, to keep the marauding animals out for good. But that sounds like some Pinko-Commie plot to deny your freedom. At least, that’s what the man on AM radio said. So the cycle continues…

  6. Solar Jim says:

    Perhaps all students at MIT can appreciate President Hockthefield whoring herself and the institution to the Kochtapus since that is the way business is done under a Military Industrial Theocracy (MIT).

    The medical efficacy of fighting cancer and other diseases from environmental contaminants should be one or two orders of magnitude lower than eliminating contaminants themselves. As has been abundantly reported, one of the greatest policy contaminants (and environmental contaminators) is the Koch agenda.

    MIT has made a scandalous error that perhaps students or alumni might overcome before their degree reputation falls from pursuing, shall we say, corruptibility instead of true sustainability.

  7. denim says:

    Are we to presume Koch’s largesse for cancer research is adequate penance for his pollution to the environment?

  8. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    It reminds me of Tiberius remarking that the Roman Senate, groveling before him, were ‘Men fit to be slaves’. What a pity Koch does not appear likely to retire to his Capri any time soon.