Poor Kay Hagan. She’s apparently laying awake at night worrying about these Koch Brothers. Who are they? What do they have to do with all of this rampant unemployment and cancellation of health insurance policies? Were they the guys who pulled her hair in grade school? Were they the guys that laughed at her when she invited them to the Sadie Hawkins Dance?
Nope. They are libertarian-minded wealthy donors to a lot of free-market oriented causes. But to hear Kay tell it — and boy does she — these guys are trying to destroy her and take over the world. It’s so much easier to talk about two guys you’ve never heard of who can’t even vote in the 2014 US Senate race in North Carolina than to talk about your abysmal voting record that has drifted to the left of even Harry Reid.
Things are tough for Our Girl. Polling shows her losing to EVERYBODY who has even remotely suggested they might run against her.
Her ravings about the Koch brothers are looking even more ridiculous, thanks to the work of a non-partisan campaign finance disclosure web site and the conservative Washington Examiner:
[…] OpenSecrets.org tallied the top donors in federal elections between 1989 and 2014. Koch Industries — privately owned by the Evil Koch Bros — is on the list, to be sure, but doesn’t appear until the 59th slot, with $18 million in donations, 90 percent of which went to Republicans.
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.
Wall Street and Act Blue, too
Three of the remaining four slots in the top 10 were taken by AT&T ($56.4 million), American Association of Realtors ($51.2 million) and Goldman Sachs ($44.8 million).
So, if money is the measure of evil in American politics and the Evil Koch Bros only come in 59th, who is really the most evil donor ever?
Turns out it’s Act Blue, which has given just short of $100 million in its lifetime, which only started contributing in 2004, 15 years less than the Evil Koch Bros.[…]
And guess WHAT? Ol’ Kay’s campaign finance report is LOADED with contributions from Act Blue. Somebody needs to tell Kay the horse is DEAD.