Koch Brothers Way Down The List Of Top Political Donors – A List Dominated By Democrats

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Ah, the Koch brothers. Wicked Tea Party illuminati visionaries hell bent on buying their way to a changed, conservative world. Rich oil scions who wield their money as a chainsaw, cutting a path of propagandist influence through the center of the Nation’s heartland. Omniscient power players unfurling a grand agenda for a sinister new world order through carefully-controlled media makeovers and behind-the-scenes candidate puppetry. David and Charles, the 59th-biggest donors to political causes in the whole United States.

Wait, what?

Yeah, 59th. According to OpenSecrets.org, the two wealthy Kansans are nowhere near the top of the list of the Nation’s most active and profligate campaign donors for Federal elections – though it’s a favored pastime of progressivist media to vilify their world-shaping ambition, which supposedly is carried out via unfairly exorbitant buyouts of political influence.

In the color-coded legend that accompanies OpenSecrets’ list of top, politically-tilted all-time donors, little blue donkeys dominate the top 50. Little red elephants are rare. Koch Industries, at No. 59, donated almost $18.1 million to political causes, with 90 percent of the money going to Republicans. They get the red elephants.

But no red elephants grace the top 16 all-time donors on the list. Twelve of them get donkeys, and four get little fence icons, which indicate donors that give relatively equal money to candidates from both parties.

While we’re talking about colors, let’s mention ActBlue. The 10 year-old political action committee has, since 2004, climbed to no. 1 on OpenSecrets’ donor list. ActBlue has donated $97,192,340 in its short lifespan, with at least 99 percent of that amount going to Democratic candidates and causes.

What other donors round out the top 10? Unions. Here’s a well-phrased breakdown, from The Washington Times:

So who occupies the 58 spots ahead of the Evil Koch Bros? Six of the top 10 are … wait for it … unions. They gave more than $278 million, with most of it going to Democrats.

These are familiar names: AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), IBEW ($44.4 million), UAW ($41.6 million), Carpenters & Joiners ($39.2 million) and SEIU ($38.3 million).

In other words, the six biggest union donors in American politics gave 15 times more to mostly Democrats than the Evil Koch Bros.

Poor Koch brothers. Wealthy as they are, they’re still on the outside of the National political machine, looking in – and hated, even so, for daring to fly so high.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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