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Sun May 18, 2014, 03:40 PM

Quixotic 80's Campaign Gave Birth To Koch's Powerful Network

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/us/politics/quixotic-80-campaign-gave-birth-to-kochs-powerful-network.html?

David Koch:
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He backed the full legalization of abortion and the repeal of laws that criminalized drug use, prostitution and homosexuality. He attacked campaign donation limits and assailed the Republican star Ronald Reagan as a hypocrite who represented “no change whatsoever from Jimmy Carter and the Democrats.”
It was 1980, and the candidate was David H. Koch, a 40-year-old bachelor living in a rent-stabilized apartment in New York City. Mr. Koch, the vice-presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party, and his older brother Charles, one of the party’s leading funders, were mounting a long-shot assault on the fracturing American political establishment.
The Kochs had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the burgeoning libertarian movement. In the waning days of the 1970s, in the wake of Watergate, Vietnam and a counterculture challenging traditional social mores, they set out to test just how many Americans would embrace what was then a radical brand of politics.
It was the first and only bid for high office by a Koch family member. But much of what occurred in that quixotic campaign shaped what the Kochs have become today — a formidable political and ideological force determined to remake American politics, driven by opposition to government power and hostility to restrictions on money in campaigns.

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So the Koch network began to buy elections long ago and seems to have recently bought some through, the line of the Supreme Court of the United States; the five-middle-men.

The Five Middle Men, would be a good OP title.

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Sun May 18, 2014, 05:30 PM

1. Of course their father, Fred Koch...

 

...was one of the founders of the John Birch Society, parts of their platform presently adopted by Libertarians and tea-baggers. The wing-nuttery runs deep in that family.

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Mon May 19, 2014, 02:48 AM

2. I bet the Kochs belong to "The Family," a shadowy, pseudo-religious, far rightwing Cult that owns

 

"Frathouse for Jesus," hosts the Presidents Prayer Breakfast, and is strongly rumored to have helped author Uganda's genocidal "KILL THE GAYS" bill.

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Mon May 19, 2014, 05:30 AM

3. They don't seem to show any interest in religion.

 

In fact, they probably not happy the religious right usurped the Tea Party.

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