Democracy mocked: Koch brothers to spend nearly a billion in 2016 election

No one person, family or company should ever be allowed to contribute this kind of money to a ‘democratic’ contest no matter what their views or political affiliation. No fair minded person should want to buy this much personal influence.

“Top officials in the Koch brothers’ political organization Monday released a staggering $889 million budget to fund the activities of the billionaires’ sprawling network ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

The budget, which pays for everything from advertising and data-gathering technology to grass-roots activism, was released to donors attending the annual winter meeting of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, according to an attendee.

Freedom Partners sits at the center of the vast operation, and in 2012 alone, spent nearly $240 million as it funded nearly three dozen organizations, ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to smaller Tea Party groups.

The fundraising target is the latest indication that the industrialists at the center of the network, Charles and David Koch, intend to continue building an operation that could exceed the national political parties in size and scope to help advance their libertarian principles. The spending, unrivaled for an outside organization, represents more than double the nearly $400 million the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised and spent during the 2012 presidential election cycle.”

See: Koch brothers set $889 million budget for 2016

See also: The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011). Here is a direct video link.

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