Charles Koch: I’m Not Buying Democracy
In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the McCutcheon case that alters donation caps for political candidates, the Koch brothers are that much more in the spotlight. The ruling has brought out a storm of critics who claim it will allow for greater political corruption and ‘buying’ candidates — and oil billionaires Charles and David Koch are being targeted as the type to do so, especially with their new negative ad campaign against North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan.
“Republican Senators have come to the floor to defend the Koch brothers’ attempt to buy our democracy. Once again, Republicans are all-in to protect their billionaire friends,” criticized Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Senate floor, noting a ten-day delay on a Ukrainian aid package resulting from Republicans protection of the Kochs’ nonprofit from new IRS rules. “I believe in an America where economic opportunity is open to all. But based on their actions and the policies they promote, the Koch brothers seem to believe in an America where the system is rigged to benefit the very wealthy,” he said. Senator Hagan hit back in turn on their ability to “claim any credibility on retirement security” through the “shady … arm of the Koch network” 60 Plus, a Koch organization.
Now, Charles Koch is ready to defend “the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom,” as well as his right to “engage in the political process,” in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal. He hits especially hard on big government and collectivists, claiming that the Obama administration has the “fatal conceit” that “you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you.” He claimed that he has spent over fifty years trying to “restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity” via education, adding that, “It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.”