I signed a petition from Credo Action “urging PBS affiliate WGBH to remove David Koch from the Board of Trustees and Science Visiting Council because of his anti-science positions.” After I signed the petition, it through up a fund-raising appeal from ActBlue containing the following claim:
The Koch brothers spent over $400 million in 2012—more than twice as much as the 10 largest unions combined.
Their network of shadow groups are pushing a radical right-wing agenda that is anti-healthcare, anti-climate science, and anti-worker—An agenda is designed to prop up big corporations and keep working people down.
I certainly oppose the Koch brothers and their toxic ideology but I’m curious about the highlighted claim, and I think that ActBlue should document such claims on their webpages.
In a HuffPost article Unions Gearing Up To Spend Big In 2012 Elections, it says ” Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor’s survival.” That article may in fact be consistent with Act Blue’s claim that the 10 largest unions spent less than $200 million: it’s possible that hundreds of unions contributed to the total near $400 million. Or it’s possible that the HuffPost article is wrong, and the total was less than $400 million.
But an article in The Nation, The Koch Brothers Spent Twice as Much on the 2012 Election as the Top Ten Unions Combined, gives more insight and substantiates Act Blue’s claim. Specifically,
For the last election, Koch PACs spent $4.9 million in disclosed contributions (figures that appear on the chart referenced by Strassel). But they also spent over $407 million on undisclosed campaign entities, which does not show up in the CRP chart.
All NRLB-regulated unions, on the other hand, disclose every outside payment…. The money Koch spends as a corporate entity, as it has in the past, may have gone unreported.
Next Monday, come on out and help Transit Riders Union get this campaign rolling. To save our bus service and win an affordable reduced fare, we as transit riders need to do more than vote yes on April 22 – we need to get out on the buses and at the bus stops, register new voters and spread the word!
Come to our kickoff event to learn about the campaign, sign up for our street teams, pick up a stack of flyers and posters, and get a button or a shirt to wear. There will be refreshments, and we’ll keep it brief to leave time for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. If you know in advance that you can attend, RSVP to email@example.com, and help us spread the word on Facebook.
Save Our Metro Campaign Kickoff!
Monday, March 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Labor Temple, Hall #8
2800 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
If you can’t make it on Monday, you can print an improved version of our flyer here to hand out on your bus, and direct people to saveourmetro.org. Our outreach and action schedule will be up on our website soon, and you can also check TCC’s calendar for phone banking and other volunteer opportunities.
Let’s save our buses!
Americans for Tax Fairness sent me email asking me to sign a letter demanding: Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan: Release the Names of American Tax Dodgers.
How about setting up a boycott of Swiss products, tourism, athletes, conferences, academics, etc? And protest around the Swiss embassy in D.C. and consulates?
Similar actions against companies like Apple, GE, Boeing, and Microsoft might be useful too.
Problem is: it seems all the successful US companies cheat on their taxes.
Funny: Germany is one of those European-Style Socialist countries that the Republicans are always warning us about.
Germany’s population is one quarter the US, yet they have a more productive economy, they export more goods, their citizens don’t work as hard, they get free college and health care, they have lower poverty rate and they have less crime.
1. EXPORT SALES:
2. BALANCE OF TRADE RANK.
3. BALANCE OF TRADE IN DOLLARS:
Germany: +$162.3-billion per year
US: -$561-billion per year (That’s Minus!)
4. AVERAGE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DURING RECESSION:
5. AVERAGE HOURS WORKED PER YEAR
Germany: 1,436 hours
US: 1,804 hours
6. COST OF EDUCATION, AVERAGE DEBT ON GRADUATION
Germany: $0 (College is free.)
7 CRIME RATE, MURDERS PER MILLION PEOPLE
8.People Living In Poverty
9. INCOME INEQUALITY (Smaller numbers are better.)
10. UNION MEMBERSHIP
11. SAVINGS RATE