Jun 24, 2013
Q: Who’s in Charge of House Republicans? Hint: Not Speaker Boehner
With Speaker Boehner’s colossal failure to pass the historically bipartisan farm bill last week, Americans are asking: who’s really in charge of the dysfunctional House Republicans?
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) gave us one clue last week: Koch Industries.
In the first five months of the year, KOCHPAC has donated more than ever before at this point in an election cycle, and CPI highlighted that KOCHPAC’s spending is “notably aggressive for the nascent months of a two-year election cycle.”
KOCHPAC has donated $559,000 to federal-level political candidates and committees so far this year, including a max-out contribution to Congressman Steve Southerland, the author of the poison pill amendment that undermined the farm bill’s final passage. In addition, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity rampaged against the farm bill, and called its defeat “a victory for all Americans.”
“After Speaker Boehner’s colossal failure last week to pass a bipartisan farm bill, it’s clear someone else is in charge – and the fact that the Koch brothers are shoveling even more money even earlier to the extreme radicals in his caucus is evidence that they’re the ones truly getting their way,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The American people deserve a bipartisan farm bill that protects food safety, prevents hunger and helps our farmers – and it’s repulsive that House Republicans would accept hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Koch brothers, rather than do the right thing for the country.”
Koch Industries PAC “Off to Its Fastest Start Ever.” In 2013, the Center for Public Integrity reported that Koch Industries’ PAC “donated $559,000 to federal-level political candidates and committees during the first five months of the year… Such spending is notably aggressive for the nascent months of a two-year election cycle.” [Center for Public Integrity, 6/20/13]
AFP: Farm Bill Defeat a “Victory for All Americans.” According to a press release from the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, “Today’s defeat of the bloated Farm Bill is a victory for all Americans…” [AFP press release, 6/20/13]