The “Ready for Hillary” Super PAC raised $1.7 million so far this year, with the help of sizeable donations from Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late-Obama critic Steve Jobs, and Sharon Corzine, wife of disgraced financial tycoon Jon Corzine. Both donated $25,000 to the PAC, according to THE POLITICO.
Jon Corzine, a former Obama campaign bundler and top financial adviser to Joe Biden, oversaw the collapse of the investment firm MF Global and faces allegations that he directed the misuse of $1.6 billion in customer funds. Corzine allegedly made massive, risky bets on European sovereign debt and improperly used money from customer accounts to cover liquidity shortfalls. He remains the target of numerous lawsuits.
Koch addiction can drive people to engage in all sorts of unseemly behavior. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), for example, seems to have violated Senate ethics rules in his feverish quest to smear the Koch brothers.
The Washington Examiner caught Reid using his official website to attack the Kochs, which would appear to be a violation of Senate rules against posting “partisan” material on a taxpayer funded site:
Is David Koch a greater threat to America than Vladimir Putin? This seems like a relatively straightforward question, but maybe not for people such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his left-wing allies.
Reid has called the libertarian philanthropist Koch brothers “un-American” and “against everything that’s good for America.” He has also taken money from Koch lobbyists, so it’s hard to say where his true loyalties lie.
Senate Democrats are basing their entire midterm agenda around attacking the Koch brothers, and liberals are so rabidly anti-Koch they’ve organized protests outside a hospital that is building a new ambulatory care center thanks to a $100 million gift from David H. Koch. Meanwhile, some on the Left are defending Vladimir Putin.
If you haven’t already, read Matthew Continetti’s column on how cable giant (and MSNBC parent company) Comcast has effectively bought the Democratic Party. This will likely prove a wise investment, as Comcast is currently seeking government approval for its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, a move that would create the largest cable conglomerate in the country.
If you were a giant corporation looking to purchase Democratic loyalty, you would naturally target the ones with the most powerful, such as Barack Obama. So it’s no surprise that Obama is by far the largest recipient of donations from Comcast employees (and their family members) and political action committees.
Then there are the campaign committees. Comcast donations to the Democratic National Committee, and Democratic House and Senate committees total more than $1.8 million. And Comcast would certainly be short-changing its shareholders if it hadn’t bought off Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) as well. Don’t worry, they have.
New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan (D) celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on Tuesday:
It’s that time of year again. Democrats are promoting ”equal pay for women.” In honor of the occasion, here are a few special instances of liberals highlighting the struggles of working women:
Democrats have begun their annual push for “paycheck fairness” legislation, which is less about achieving an actual policy result than it is about teeing up an issue for Democrats to run on in the midterms.
However, if passed, this legislation would be a financial boon to some of the Democratic Party’s largest and most loyal donors—trial lawyers—by making it easier for employers to sue their employers for discrimination, facilitating the filing of large class-action lawsuits, and making it harder for employers to defend themselves in court.
John Hinderaker at Powerline unearths a letter written by Senator Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in 2009 thanking a Koch Industries political action committee for donating to his reelection campaign. He sounds pretty grateful:
Thank you so much for the generous KOCHPAC contribution to my 2010 campaign for re-election to the United States Senate. …
Your early financial help keeps me strong in my campaign. In return, I promise to continue working as hard as I can to help our nation reach its maximum potential.
Again, I can’t thank you enough. All of my best to you and yours, and I look forward to working with you throughout this election.
Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefitted from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship:
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) criticized his colleague Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) for advancing the “Republican Koch agenda.” While speaking on the Senate floor, Moran had read from a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Charles Koch, who Reid has described as “un-American.”
“My Republican colleagues,” Reid said, were “falling all over themselves” to advance the “radical philosophy” of Charles and David Koch, who has frequently sought to undermine America by donating money to hospitals and the arts.
Democrats, on the other hand, would never kowtow to wealthy liberals such as Tom Steyer (and his older, poorer brother, Jim), who has pledged to spend at least $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to address the scientific theory known as “climate change.”