Democrats are demanding that a Republican Senate candidate be held accountable for the views of a man who has donated to a group that supports the Republican’s campaign.
David Koch, one of the much-maligned "Koch brothers" that form perhaps the only unifying theme of Democratic campaigns this election year, once ran on a 1980 Libertarian presidential ticket with someone who dubbed Social Security a "pyramid scheme."
Supporters of Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) say her opponent in the race must address that position. "It’s up to [Republican candidate Tom] Tillis to answer for their dangerous views," North Carolina Democratic operative Ben Ray told BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro.
With that implicit logic in mind—politicians must answer for their donors’ most radical views—here are five opinions that Democrats must immediately disavow or be perceived as supporting.
1. Canned cheese is worse than crack
Actress Gwenyth Paltrow told BBC host Jonathan Ross in 2011 that she would "rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can."
The next year, Paltrow hosted a $15,000 per-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s reelection effort.
2. Government must impose per-squat limits on toilet paper
"I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting," wrote country singer Sheryl Crow in a 2007 Huffington Post column.
"Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required."
3. Religion is a mental illness
While not an Obama donor himself, HBO troll Bill Maher gave $1 million to pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action in 2012.
Maher is well known for his tirades against religion, which, he says, "stops people from thinking."
"I think it justifies crazies," Maher told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough in 2005. "I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder."
When asked about some of Maher’s more controversial remarks, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he "cannot be the arbitrator of every statement that anybody makes in the policy and political arenas."
Obama himself declined to disavow the comedian after he made disparaging remarks about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
4. Prostitutes smell great
Pop star Lady Gaga unveiled in 2012 her new fragrance, which she boasted smelled like an expensive hooker and had the feel of blood and semen.
"It was taken out of my own blood sample, so it’s a sense of having me on your skin. I wanted to extract sort of the feeling and sense of blood and semen from molecular structures, so that’s where [the rumors] came from," she said at the time
"That is in the perfume, but it doesn’t smell like that. Actually, the perfume smells like an expensive hooker," Gaga said, adding that it "is something that I, Lady Gaga, would use to seduce someone."
The release of the fragrance came a year after Gaga helped raise money for Obama’s reelection.