The 1% Strike Back: Koch-Funded Americans for Prosperity Run New Solyndra TV Ad, Hilariously Lamenting “Political Favors”

“The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”

— Charles Lewis, founder of the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity, quoted in a New Yorker expose of the Koch Brothers

Over the years, the Koch Brothers have spent over $50 million on campaigns in their fight to stop any action on climate change. They have poured gobs of money into federal politics, bankrolled climate deniers, and issued completely false ads on the impact of carbon-reduction policies. And to top it all off, the Koch Brothers are reportedly set to raise and spend $200 million on the 2012 election — with much of that money going toward energy-related issues.

In short, no two people more epitomize the corrupting power and influence of the 1% over the 99% than the pollutocrats, Charles and David Koch.

Now, one of the most prominent and vocal Koch-backed organizations, Americans for Prosperity, is spending $2.4 million on a new media campaign to highlight the Solyndra bankruptcy, releasing a one-minute television ad in key battleground states.

The tagline: “Tell President Obama that you shouldn’t use taxpayer dollars for political favors.”

Well, after two months of investigation, public hearings and a whole lot of political posturing, we still don’t have any proof of political favors or illegal behavior. Of course, it would be silly to speculate or assume anything before the official investigation of the loan guarantee program is complete. But that’s not how the war of communications is won.

The facts don’t matter. Speculation and outright lies are exactly what win campaigns — and that’s what the Kochs and Americans for Prosperity do best.

Keep in mind, the ad below lamenting “political favors” is being run by groups that have paid tens of thousands of dollars to sit down directly with other corporations and policy makers to write state laws, then engage in aggressive campaigns to get those laws passed.

Welcome to the 2012 campaign season — bought and sold by the 1%.

12 Responses to The 1% Strike Back: Koch-Funded Americans for Prosperity Run New Solyndra TV Ad, Hilariously Lamenting “Political Favors”

  1. Tom Lenz says:

    How do vampires shave in the morning if they don’t see their reflection in the mirror?

  2. Sasparilla says:

    Their T-shirts should just say “The ends justify the means..” – the corrupt (ing) guiding principle they and the rest of of the groups fighting climate change action embody.

    Boy do they know how to work the political system.

    The Koch’s will have a special place in history waiting for them.

  3. Joan Savage says:

    Please fix the external link to more information on the “spend $200 million.”
    At the moment it loops back to this post. Thanks.

  4. I eagerly await the obligatory thread commenter who’ll tell us

    (1) that “ordinary citizens” too are extremely extremely worried about Solyndra (except they never actually show up);

    (2) that the ad is completely unrelated to Americans for Prosperity, which in turn is completely unrelated to the Koch brothers, which in turn is completely unrelated to the Tea Party, and

    (3) that astroturf campaigns, in any case, are an inalienable right guaranteed by the First Amendment.

    — frank

  5. Chris Winter says:

    No doubt Politifact will weigh in on this “pants-on-fire” ad.

    “The 1% Strike Back”

    Is it time yet to cue up Darth Vader’s theme? “Now, witness the power of this fully operational campaign of deceit!”

  6. Joe Romm says:


  7. Artful Dodger says:

    5 o’clock shadow!

  8. “The Empire of Bullshit Strikes Back”

    — frank

  9. Tom Lenz says:

    They no doubt have a posse of under-paid underlings who take care of their personal hygiene needs for them. Proven free market job creation.

  10. pollyliberale says:

    Has anyone seen the documentary, “Casino Jack?” You should watch it so you can come back and truly laugh at the ridiculousness of this Koch ad.

  11. Chris Winter says:

    I’m sorry; that last quote should be:

    “Now, witness the power of this fully operational [campaign of deceit]!”

  12. cedarvt says:

    solyndra lost 500 million of taxpayer money while trying to create well paying american jobs

    enbridge oil of texas had a spill in a creek in michigan which has a price tag of 700 million and climbing …26 million paid by the taxpayer pollution to be ongoing

    which story gets more press time and congressional inquiry? why ?