Feingold Versus the Kochs

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Feb. 24 2011 1:36 PM

Feingold Versus the Kochs

MADISON, Wisc. -- Former Sen. Russ Feingold, who now chairs the Progressives United PAC, joins the Koch-attacking fun with a fundraising/list-building e-mail:

Governor Walker claims that his controversial proposal is simply about the budget. But it's not: it's a political bait-and-switch designed to destroy the fundamental rights of Wisconsin's workers.

And in the last two weeks, it's become clear that Governor Walker isn't doing his job to represent my state of Wisconsin. Instead, he's trying to make a national name for himself by pushing the same agenda shared by corporate interests like the Koch brothers - the billionaire captains of industry who just recently opened a lobbying office across the street from the Capitol in Madison.

The Kochs not only spent tens of thousands of dollars supporting Walker's campaign, but they also funneled millions of dollars through front groups to fund attack ads. And now, just as the people of Wisconsin are working together to stand up to them, the Kochs and other front groups are trying to simply buy the result they want, showering the state with pro-Walker, anti-Obama TV ads.

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That's a reference to the six-figure ad buy Americans for Prosperity is doing in the state.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.