Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Humor, Philanthropy | Tags: Attacking the Koch Brothers, Democrat Fundraising, Generous Philanthroists
John Podhoretz wrote a while back about Democrat’s fundraising efforts:
It’s been years in the making, but all the hard work has paid off: “Koch,” as in the surname of the energy-billionaire brothers David and Charles, has become the liberal “abracadabra” of 2014 — the magic word that mesmerizes liberals into parting with their money and giving it to Democrats.
What’s especially interesting about it is how conscious Democrats appear to be that they’ve helped create this two-headed monster to scare their own people into coughing up dollars they might not give otherwise.
“Koch” now joins “Rove” and “Newt” in the Liberal Fund-raising Hall of Fame — in the very exclusive Demons of the Right-Wing Wing.
No one has been more indefatigable at smearing and demonizing the Koch brothers than Harry Reid. Most Americans have never even heard of them. The Koch family mining and energy business is privately held. They do not seek the limelight. They are libertarian in outlook, and although they do give to some Republican causes, they spend far more on civic institutions and cancer clinics, and libertarian causes like the Cato Institute.
When they donate to Republicans, they are far from the largest donors. The fear of the Koch brothers dates back to an ultra-partisan hit piece by Jane Mayer, who tried to make the ridiculous case that the Tea Party was a sinister creation of these horrid fossil-fuel plutocrats. Harry Reid has become so absurd in his accusations that the Kochs are causing global warming, killing people that people are beginning to wonder if Reid is losing it.
When the Kochs donated a $100 million cancer clinic to New Your Presbyterian Hospital, SEIU goons turned out in a large group to protest. The Brothers have shocked journalists by—talking back, correcting shoddy reporting and refusing to allow reporters to lie about the Kochs as the subject of a news story. They have even taken out ads lambasting reporters who distribute false information.
In a move that is guaranteed to enrage the left, the Koch brothers have donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the foremost source of financial support to African-American students. The donation will provide nearly 3,000 merit-based awards to African-American undergraduate, graduate, and post doctoral students seeking scholarship assistance. The donation will also help fund 37 historically black colleges which have struggled with financial shortfalls in recent years. This donation is not a one- time gift, but the continuation of a long association between Koch industries and the UNCF.
According to a new George Washington University poll, 52 percent of likely voters had never heard of the Kochs. The poll also found that more Americans have a negative view of Harry Reid (35 percent) than of the Koch Brothers (25 percent). For Democrats, fundraising emails that bash the Kochs bring in three times as much money as those that don’t. Democrats are deeply afraid of the Tea Party! They demonstrate and even carry signs.