While you may be weary of seeing the Koch brothers’ political influence called out at every turn, get ready to see a lot more of it before the year’s out.
Castigating the Koch brothers for their political action committee spending has evidently become a key Democratic Party red herring for the 2014 Congressional midterm election season, despite the Kochs’ relatively low ranking among a union-dominated list of top political donors that heavily – very heavily – favors Democrats.
And what’s fashionable doesn’t necessarily have to be right. Undoubtedly taking cues from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is becoming increasingly fixated on blaming the Koch brothers for everything he can think of, Democrats are even beginning to criticize the wealthy oil magnates for donating to Republicans in instances in which they have, in fact, supported Democrats.
Take embattled Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat who’s facing an uphill climb to hang on to her seat this year. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC has begun slamming one of Landrieu’s Republicans challengers, Bill Cassidy, for his alleged connections with the Koch brothers.
The only problem? Koch Industries has been one of Landrieu’s biggest donors throughout her Senate career, and a Koch-funded PAC has supported her in previous election cycles. From The Washington Free Beacon Thursday:
…Sen. Landrieu has received $27,000 in campaign contributions since 2000 from Koch Industries and its subsidiaries and employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Koch’s political action committee has given Landrieu’s another $35,000, including $15,000 during the current election cycle, making the company one of her PAC’s top 20 donors.
While the company or its employees have not donated to Landrieu in this cycle, they have donated to the Louisiana Democrat in every other election cycle since 2000—even when she was not actually facing reelection.
Landrieu’s campaign isn’t the only example. Her colleague, Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas, has also taken public swings at the Koch brothers, even though his campaign accepted $5,000 from their political action committee late last year. “Pryor’s PAC took a total of $25,000 from the company,” notes the Beacon.