We’ve talked a lot about the oligarch Koch brothers, the right-wing billionaires who not only fund hyper-conservative candidates but also efforts to suppress voting by the poor and minorities. But I didn’t know how this formerly reclusive family got its start until I started reading reviews of Jane Mayer’s new book “Dark Money.” As Charles Kaiser puts it in The Guardian, their father “started his fortune with $500,000 received from Stalin for his assistance constructing 15 oil refineries in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. A couple of years later, his company, Winkler-Koch, helped the Nazis complete their third-largest oil refinery. The facility produced hundreds of thousands of gallons of high-octane fuel for the Luftwaffe, until it was destroyed by Allied bombs in 1944.” Kaiser goes on to note “how the Kochs and fellow billionaires like Richard Scaife have spent hundreds of millions to ‘move their political ideas from the fringe to the center of American political life.’”
And that, friends, is why we’ve created this web site. Neither the Kochs, nor their ilk, nor the candidates they support (will it be Trump or Cruz?) care about you. For 50 years the GOP, aided by the Kochs and their friends, has worked to suppress voting and skew financial regulations to take money out of your pocket and put it in theirs. And it’s worked well so far. Time we turned the tables, righted the ship, and gave government back to the people. Join us. Fight voter suppression now.