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Democrat Group Declares War on Koch: ‘Secretive Republican Billionaire Brothers’

Posted on | March 6, 2011 | 8 Comments

If you ever sign up for the e-mail lists on liberal Web sites, you’ll soon become accustomed to getting fundraising appeals keyed to the latest moonbat obsessions. Democracy for America — the “progressive” group started by Howard Dean after his 2004 presidential campaign meltdown — just sent me this one:

Robert –
The Wall Street Journal reports — “Conservatives in Wisconsin are getting nervous that three Republican state senators may defect on the collective-bargaining reform vote.”
NBC news in Wisconsin reports — “four moderate Republicans are wavering and could break with the GOP and vote against Walker’s budget repair bill.”
And Talking Points Memo reports on a brand new poll by a Republican leaning pollster — “Rasmussen Poll: Almost Six In Ten Wisconsin Voters Disapprove Of Gov. Walker.”
Our strategy is working. We can win this fight. Please contribute $25 to keep our T.V. ad playing statewide — and non-stop — until Republicans cave.
The New York Times reports — “Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute.”
The secretive Republican billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch bankroll the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which had a budget of over 40 million dollars last year. They’ve spent millions backing Governor Walker and pushing an anti-worker agenda.
But now the Koch Brothers have met their match — and it’s you.
We’re united together with the people of Wisconsin and our partners at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in fighting to stop the war on working families. Republicans and the Koch Brothers are on the run playing defense, but we can’t stop until we win.
Keep the pressure up on Wisconsin Senate Republicans to abandon Governor Walker and his anti-worker budget. Contribute right now to keep blanketing the state with our T.V. ad.
This isn’t just Wisconsin. We’re all in this together. Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, all across America, Republicans are waging a war on working families.
It’s up to us to stop them.
Thank you for everything you’re doing to win.
Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

Let’s call this what it is, shall we? It’s a scam, intended to exploit (a) the MSM’s hyping of paranoia about the “secretive Republican billionaire brothers”; and (b) the gullibility of liberals who think giving $25 to DFA — “Contribute right now”! — is going to stop the alleged “war on working families.” Here is the one-minute ad that donations to DFA would supposedly “blanket” on Wisconsin TV:

Really? I mean, really? You have to appreciate the cleverness of this scam: Send a guy with a camera to a protest, turn it into a YouTube video, and then hustle the rubes for donations, claiming that this will put that video all over TV.

Of course, the overwhelming majority of people who get that e-mail don’t live in Wisconsin, and will have no way of verifying how often this ad actually runs. Nor will these moonbats bother to check next year’s disclosure forms for DFA, to try to figure out what percentage of their donations were actually spent on this project.

  • Fact: People who click the “donate” link in this e-mail are re-directed to an Act Blue donation page.
  • Fact: DFA spent $1.2 million on salaries and benefits during the 2009-2010 election cycle.
  • Fact: DFA paid $1.5 million to Integral Resources, a Massachusetts-based telemarketing firm during that two-year period.
  • Fact: During the same two-year period, DFA reported more than $7 million in revenue, and ended 2010 with $1.3 million cash on hand. ActBlue collected more than $61 million and ended with $4 million cash on hand. For both organizations, these totals represented the most they had ever collected in an election cycle.
  • Fact: During the 2010 elections, Democrats were on the receiving end of an ass-kicking of historic proportions.

Please, by all means, gullible moonbats: Give your money to these DFA/ActBlue scammers. And when the “secretive Republican billionaires” kick your asses again, remember who told you so.


8 Responses to “Democrat Group Declares War on Koch: ‘Secretive Republican Billionaire Brothers’”

  1. Anonymous
    March 7th, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    Looks like some of the WI state senators are going wobbly.