Their multi-million dollar investments in shadow groups are aimed at advancing policies that enhance their own profit taking in a vast network of oil and gas, chemicals, cattle, and forestry businesses.
Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs’ political arm, amassed a $40 million budget for the 2010 elections. Americans for Prosperity helped organize voters for the Tea Party movement via chapters in 32 states.
Mix presented a session entitled “Mobilizing Citizens for November,” on the topic: “Is there a chance this fall to elect leaders who are strongly committed to liberty and prosperity?” alongside Sean Noble and Tim Phillips of the Koch Funded Americans for Prosperity.
In just the second hearing of his tenure, Issa convened two hours of Congressional Republicans and corporate executives blasting EPA regulations that he called “Regulatory Impediments to Job Creation.”
He held an unprecedented hearing into the collective bargaining agreement between the US Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union.
Issa’s real priority is making sure President Obama is not reelected. He said that the President is “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times” and that Obama is “certainly playing faster and looser with the rules with very little justification than George W. Bush did.”
Scott Walker’s political anti-working family, pro-corporate agenda: Punishing hard-working civil servants, rewarding his friends and political allies.
Walker helped drive his state into a deficit with $140 billion in giveaways for his corporate backers — and then he claimed that taking away workers’ rights was the only way to fix the budget. GOP State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald crowed to Fox news that the provisions to take away workers’ rights would weaken unions and help defeat President Obama in the next election
Walker pushed legislation to strip state and local government employees of the right to collectively bargain over anything other than wages and then directly defied a judicial order blocking the implementation of his union-busting bill. Walker tried to implement it anyway and had to be ordered a second time to comply with the law.
Walker was caught on tape admitting that he had considered planting agitators among peaceful protesters to engage in activities that would make the protesters look bad (a tactic recently used by oppressive governments in Iran and Egypt).
Walker appointed Brian Deschane – a 27-year-old with no college degree and little management experience – as head of environmental and regulatory affairs in the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. This was a promotion and 26% raise for Deschane, who had worked for the state government for only two months. His main qualification seemed to be his father, who one of Walker’s top funders and a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Builders Association.
In February, the mistress of one of Walker’s Republican Senate allies was hired for a job at the Department of Regulation and Licensing at an almost 40% salary increase over her predecessor. She reportedly received the job over several well qualified and highly recommended applicants, even though she may not have even formally applied for the position.
Walker rejected over $800 million in federal funding to build a high-speed passenger rail system in the state, and instead favored a rail-infrastructure improvement project that could be completed by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company. This project was allocated $14 million in state funds.
The head of the railroad company, William Gardner, is a Scott Walker donor who is pleading guilty to laundering campaign contributions to fund Walker’s campaign. When he was caught last year, Walker was forced to return the illegally contributed money that he had previously accepted. The railroad has already paid a forfeiture of $166,690, the largest ever imposed by state officials. Gardner had previously given Walker an illegal campaign contribution in 2005.