Below is a list from Open Secrets of the campaign contributions of various groups. Try to find the infamous “Koch Brothers”:
If you noticed there are no less than 22 groups that donated more to the Democratic Party than the Koch Brothers donated to the Republican Party – congratulations! You have basic math, reading and comprehension skills.
For extra credit, take note that DNC “Uber Donors” gave $485,652,385 more to the Democrat Party for their progressive causes than all RNC “Uber donors” combined.
After the Supreme Court struck down an elections law on campaign funding caps, progressives took to the media to vent their supposed frustrations.
“Now we know corporations are people and money is people too,” CNN anchor Caroline Costello lamented (apparently not noticing that “CNN is people” and it has freedom of the press rights). One wonders if Democrats also object as vehemently to the notion that “progressive groups are people” or “colleges are people” or “unions are people.”
According to Open Secrets, in 2012, “Obama’s campaign spent about $737.9 million, compared to the combined Republican total of $624.8 million.” The grand total for all elections tilted Republicans’ way, but by the margins of 9% and 10% in the House and Senate, respectively. While PACs leaned GOP, the Democrats dominated the 527s. The point is that the media’s outrage at spending in politics is entirely selective.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Wednesday criticized a Koch Industries subsidiary for allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran even though Reid has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that have done exactly that.
Reid also claimed that the Kochs support the recently introduced House Republican budget proposal. Neither the company nor its owners has taken a position on the legislation.
Reid’s claims were part of an ongoing offensive against libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch. Reid has accused them of being “un-American” for donating to groups that oppose the Democratic Party’s agenda.
A page on Reid’s Senate website is devoted entirely to attacking the Kochs. It initially cited former White House economist Austan Goolsbee, who falsely claimed in 2010 that Koch Industries does not pay any corporate taxes.
That claim remains on the website, with its text crossed out. Below is an “update” that claims the Kochs “have supported the Ryan budget, which provides tax cuts for the wealthy and protects taxpayer subsidies for big businesses and oil companies.”
The page links to a website from a left-wing nonprofit on the budget introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) this week, on which the Kochs have not taken a position.
“The Kochs made improper payments to win contracts in Africa, India and the Middle East,” Reid claims. “And they sold millions of dollars of equipment to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism.”
After evidence of the said improper payments came to light, Koch Industries commissioned an internal investigation and fired the responsible employees, according to Bloomberg.
Reid has accepted campaign contributions from companies that engage in even more widespread corruption abroad.
According to the Washington Examiner, Reid has accepted more than half a million dollars in contributions since 2009 from employees and political action committees of companies under investigation for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Reid has also taken tens of thousands of dollars from companies that, like Koch, have done business in Iran through foreign subsidiaries, including General Electric ($25,500 in PAC contributions), Hewlett-Packard ($14,500 in PAC contributions), and Sony ($14,500 in PAC contributions).
Reid has also taken $26,000 from Boeing’s PAC. The company is currently trying to reestablish its presence in Iran even though the country remains on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
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Wyblog leads off with some sage advice for the Senate GOP
The Other McCain: family values
Donald Douglas has Sunday Rule 5 links a plenty
Theo Spark has the sad truth about small cars
Stephen Green has a reality check for those demonizing video games
Zion’s Trumpet notes the latest bit of BS from the Left, Christian Privilege!
Knuckledraggin has a dirty mind
I Love Bacon gets Texas
Hookers and Booze makes us laugh
Right Way has a great Friday Babe
Victory Girls has an important post up!
Wine Women and Politics has a GREAT statement about those offended by guns
Double Trouble has Santa’s take on Obama
Soylent Siberia: NOW it is a party! NSFW
Miss K has some inspiration from nature
Guns and Bikinis has a NSFW gal
Feral Irishman has some classic guitar
Weasel Zippers has your moral retardation of the day
The Lonely Conservative has no patience for the scum at LGF
Classic Liberal: Chyler Leigh is hot and ponzi schemes suck
That MR. G Guy: South Carolina gets it!
Stogie: White Snowman? RAAAAACIST!
Reaganite Republican: Now THIS is funny!
Randy has WOW
Regular Right Guy: Leftism=Racism
Say Anything has a reporter in trouble for reporting
Protein Wisdom: Mike Rowe on college
Pitsnipes has some motivation for us all
Carol needs some prayers, and some encourgaement
Old Virginia notes the close ties between the Scots, and Southerners!
Nice Deb has movies, lots of movies, mostly mocking ObamaCare, or FailCare if you prefer
Motor City Times, has the latest inanity from the Gore Cult of Climate Change
Moonbattery has Obama Scandal Commemorative Plates
American Perspective compares Houston and Chicago gun control zealots hardest hit
Maggie’s Notebook: Some people take being on the debate team way too seriously
Mad Jewess has a great thought on Offended Liberals
Lowering the Boom lowers the Boom on higher-priced groping at airports
Just a Conservative Girl sums up the Santa is White dust up
It Ain’t Holy Water has video of the dangers of walking in windy Finland
There is a new Intellectual Froglegs out, check it out!
I’m 41 notes the Left’s War on Megyn Kelly
Legal Insurrection has more bad news about ObamaCare
He is Pretty Fly compares ObamaCare price hikes to well………..
Postal Dog has some nice Rule 5 NSFW
Grandpa John introduces Obama’s new press secretary
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns exposes the ignorance of gun grabbers
Doug Ross: Lawless
Doug Powers: Now OFA is screwing up Christmas too!
Doug Giles warns men that looking at women is the new taboo
Cordite in the Morning makes me laugh
Matt has some great Links, and Christmas music
Bob Belvedere has Rule 5 Saturday
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot has lots of volleyball girls
Bearing Arms- Arapahoe High shooter was stopped by armed officer on school grounds
Via Townhall, Kurt Schlichter nails Progressives!
Reason, facts, truth – these bourgeois concepts mean nothing to the adherents of progressivism. You are never going to change the mind of someone who believes in nothing except the imperative of his own absolute power. You simply have to defeat him.
Progressivism is not a coherent ideology so much as a purpose – to control every aspect of our lives. It is about consolidating progressive power. Nothing else matters. That includes the truth.
Go read the rest of his column, great stuff!
Matt at Conservative Hideout makes the case and explains why the Left so loathes gun rights
That state of passive captivity is exactly where the state wants all of us. And, the political left attempt to create this by use of the Alinsky Method. People that dissent, believe in freedom, and such are singled out and destroyed. They are harassed in public, and in their own homes. Their children and tracked and harassed. They receive death threats, false lawsuits are filed. Basically, the target is relentlessly isolated and attacked until they submit. They want the target to submit and be passive, and they want to people witnessing it to not get any bright ideas about having independent thoughts of their own. Also, when children are singled out for punishment in school for being Christian, or c0llege students are threatened with failing grades for not embracing the “tolerance” of the regressives. we see the isolation and attack mode that seeks to create passive sheeple, and punish those that stand up.
How this applies to gun control is simple. A firearm provides a sense of security and confidence. As the old saying goes, “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal.” Meaning, that it became very difficult to intimidate and subjugate a man that is armed. It is a catalyst for independence, as when a human can defend themselves, they will stand up to the state, community organizers, or union goons. It’s the “emboldening agent” that could be applied to the picture. It’s the great equalizer of our Republic. It is the counterbalance to tyranny; the gun owner is confident, and the one(s) that would attack him are wary. It doesn’t matter that the gun owner cannot impose his will on others, as others cannot impose their will on him. There is a certain reciprocity there, as all sides are potentially “equal” in terms of their power to protect themselves.
If you will notice, we see stories about union attacks, andcommunity organizers intimidating people far more in urban areas. Why is this? I think most of you will understand why. In the cities, there are more gun control laws, so these thugs have less of a chance of being confronted by an armed citizen. In the suburbs, and especially in rural areas, the thug’s shenanigans would be confronted with the sound on dozens of “metallic clicks.” It’s hard to intimidate someone that can fight back, even if he or she is outnumbered (or, unless the government limits the amount of bullets that go in magazines).
Go read the whole thing, It is quite insightful, and dead on accurate. as I often say, the Collectivist Left despises anything that supports Individualism, and individual liberty, nothing does more to those ends than the right to own firearms.