The DSCC's Koch Money

The DSCC's Koch Money

The DSCC's Koch Money

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 8 2011 3:04 PM

The DSCC's Koch Money

Applause for Dan Amira, the one reporter to actually dig into the context of Koch Industries' mocking response to a DSCC donation ask.

The parallel would be the GOP trying to hit up the ACLU for campaign cash after years of ACLU fear-mongering in order to scare cash out of other people. But the pearl-clutching reaction from Koch Industries is entirely phony. KochPAC, the political action committee of Koch Industries, donated $30,000 to the DSCC just last year, when the Democratic assault on the Brothers Koch was in full swing, and gave another $30,000 to the DSCC during the 2008 election cycle.
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Indeed, but this isn't the whole story. The Koch Industries Political Action Commitee gave the DSCC $15,000 on March 19, 2009, and $15,000 more on January 13, 2010. Eight months later, the New Yorker published its Bible-length slam on the Kochs, which marked the transition of Koch-bashing from "thing ThinkProgress blogged about" to "thing Democrats were comfortable attacking." There is a lesson here, somewhere, about how to pick your targets.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.