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KOCH BROTHERS: Why do we overlook liberal mega-donors?

Letter by George A. Terhaar, Enumclaw on July 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm with No Comments »
July 18, 2014 3:26 pm

Re: “It seems there’s no escaping the billionaire Koch brothers” (TNT, 7-17).

According to writer Rekha Basu, the Koch brothers are the denizens of the political world, using their wealth to exploit the system for selfish gain. I wonder if the $1.4 million donated to Democratic candidates, leadership PACs and party committees (according to Politico) since 2000 falls into that realm as well.

Perhaps if the brothers upped the amount to the Democrats, there would be less hue and cry from Basu, Sen. Harry Reid, et al.

In February 2014, the Center for Responsive Politics listed the 10 biggest political donors from 1989-2012; none are Republican. Was this not deserving of the columnist’s ink, or maybe a sin of omission?

It’s a fact there are more Democrat millionaires in Congress than Republicans, and the Democrats harvest more donations from the wealthy donors and unions than their opponents. Also, how can one place a value on the free political patronage given by the liberal commentators in the alphabet networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, MSNBC, etc.).

However, the irony reaches its pinnacle when the president shows up in the Seattle area this week to have a $35,000-a-plate dinner with the “little people.” I bet beans and hot dogs won’t be on that menu. Lastly, the so called political donation problem could be solved with term limits. Until that comes about, you have an opportunity in the upcoming elections to vote some fresh air into the system.

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