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Addicted to Koch? New documentary traces influence of Koch brothers' money in GOP
Power Players ^ | June 4th, 2014 | By Rick Klein, Olivier Knox, Richard Coolidge, Jordyn Phelps and Alexandra Dukakis

Posted on 06/04/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT by Mariner

A new documentary makes the controversial case that a political cocktail of big corporate money and racially charged sentiments has helped fuel the rise of the tea party. And squarely behind that movement, the film argues, are the Koch brothers.

Co-Directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin sat down with “Top Line” to discuss their film, “Citizen Koch,” and why they say the GOP’s deep-pocketed donors, the Koch brothers, are such figures in American politics today.

“Money – $100 billion now,” Deal said in explaining the Kochs’ influence. “When we started out making this film, their net worth was about $68 billion combined, and we have to keep going in and changing the film and updating it, because it was just recently reported they're up to $100 billion.”

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.....Deal and Lessin also make the controversial case in the film that the tea party was fueled by racist sentiment that pervaded in the wake of the election of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, and was used to “rally working peoples around some of their inherent fears around a different agenda.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1984; 2014electionbias; 2minutesofhate; astroturf; barkingmoonbats; boycotthollywood; carldeal; citizenkoch; conspiracy; conspiracytheory; defundtheleft; dissentispatriotic; dnctalkingpoints; goebbelswouldbeproud; harryreid; hollywoodreds; kochbros; kochbrothers; leftwingnuts; obamunism; playtheracecard; pravdamedia; racebaiting; revisionisthistory; smearcampaign; teaparty; thebiglie; tialessin; whispercampaign
If the Tea Party is dead why do they keep shooting at us?
1 posted on 06/04/2014 10:51:59 AM PDT by Mariner
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To: Mariner

Will they do one on Soros or Steyer?


2 posted on 06/04/2014 10:53:21 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Mariner

Just think how little racism there would be, if not for the evil, rich Koch brothers... /s


3 posted on 06/04/2014 10:54:06 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Mariner
Did they have to put that deliberate double entendre as the first three words of the title . . . ?
4 posted on 06/04/2014 10:55:18 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: JmyBryan

I’m sure this documentary will uncover the secret as to why two rich American brothers would want their country to remain free and prosperous.


5 posted on 06/04/2014 10:55:37 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: Mariner

Sounds like a “conspiracy” movie made by wing-nut jobs.

Why don’t they own up to the “c” word?

“Astroturf” alleges “conspiracy” as well (subversion of reality, casting well funded lobbying as “grass roots efforts”).

Not all conspiratorial efforts are criminal.


6 posted on 06/04/2014 10:56:03 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Mariner

Of course, there’s no big money players at all on the other side. /s


7 posted on 06/04/2014 10:56:04 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Or Geffen or Spielberg or Zuckerberg or the SEIU or NEA or.........


8 posted on 06/04/2014 10:57:33 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Mariner

Notice that these “filmmakers” are never asked to reveal THEIR source of funding.


9 posted on 06/04/2014 10:57:55 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Mariner

I’ve noticed a bunch of these hit piece “expose” documentaries on Netflix against prominent Conservatives and Republican entities. Who’s funding these attacks?


10 posted on 06/04/2014 10:59:09 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Mariner

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11 posted on 06/04/2014 10:59:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Will they do one on Soros or Steyer?

Silly rabbit! They will never target those who give money to the right kind of people!

12 posted on 06/04/2014 11:01:32 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mariner

Apparently these propagandists ... er, I mean ... filmakers ... have forgoteen that the Democrap Party’s deep-pocket donors include George Soros, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg — some of the world’s richest men.


13 posted on 06/04/2014 11:09:58 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: JmyBryan

Someone help me out here: Wasn’t there a Mayor of New York by the name of Ed Koch? And it was pronounced “ch” as in choo choo? Why are the Koch brother’s names, then, pronounced like “Coke”? Just wondering.


14 posted on 06/04/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT by punditwannabe
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Will they do one on Soros or Steyer?

Or Pritzker or Katzenberg or Bloomberg or Zuckerberg or Bezos or ...

15 posted on 06/04/2014 11:15:21 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: punditwannabe

I thought they pronounced the ke like ok, as in the Big Koch Brothers.


16 posted on 06/04/2014 11:16:33 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Mariner
Will they make a documentary about the 50 or so who spend more on politics than the Koch brothers??

The Koch brothers are more libertarian than TEA Party anyways

17 posted on 06/04/2014 11:20:11 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Mariner

I wonder if Harry Reid invested in this “documentary”


18 posted on 06/04/2014 11:23:45 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: punditwannabe

Because different families pronounce the same word (last name) differently. It happens.


19 posted on 06/04/2014 11:26:25 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: Mariner

Koch is #59 on the following list:

Rank

Organization

Total ‘89-’14

Dem %

Repub %

Tilt

1 ActBlue $102,669,137 99% 0%
2 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $61,819,929 80% 1%
3 National Education Assn $58,988,290 56% 4%
4 AT&T Inc $57,026,335 41% 57%
5 National Assn of Realtors $55,559,528 41% 44%
6 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $45,572,151 91% 2%
7 Goldman Sachs $45,270,985 53% 44%
8 United Auto Workers $41,923,428 71% 0%
9 Carpenters & Joiners Union $41,577,299 71% 9%
10 Service Employees International Union $38,711,298 84% 2%
11 Laborers Union $38,401,420 83% 7%
12 American Federation of Teachers $37,271,825 89% 0%
13 Communications Workers of America $36,472,773 86% 0%
14 Teamsters Union $36,355,957 88% 5%
15 JPMorgan Chase & Co $35,122,566 47% 51%
16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $34,172,703 86% 0%
17 United Parcel Service $32,687,492 35% 64%
18 Citigroup Inc $32,519,262 48% 50%
19 National Auto Dealers Assn $32,267,410 31% 68%
20 EMILY’s List $31,892,295 98% 0%
21 American Bankers Assn $31,629,002 36% 63%
22 AFL-CIO $31,597,075 60% 3%
23 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $31,407,747 98% 1%
24 American Medical Assn $30,175,387 40% 59%
25 Microsoft Corp $29,718,801 55% 43%
26 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $29,598,024 36% 63%
27 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $29,457,760 35% 64%
28 General Electric $28,600,823 47% 52%
29 National Assn of Home Builders $27,891,848 34% 65%
30 Lockheed Martin $27,655,369 42% 57%
31 Bank of America $27,265,950 41% 57%
32 Morgan Stanley $26,375,897 42% 56%
33 National Assn of Letter Carriers $26,362,109 84% 9%
34 Verizon Communications $26,025,007 40% 58%
35 Deloitte LLP $25,451,447 36% 63%
36 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $24,684,398 83% 4%
37 Credit Union National Assn $24,555,655 47% 51%
38 Newsweb Corp $24,546,871 40% 0%
39 Operating Engineers Union $23,705,723 82% 14%
40 Ernst & Young $23,596,351 42% 57%
41 International Assn of Fire Fighters $23,304,560 79% 16%
42 American Hospital Assn $23,203,351 52% 46%
43 Time Warner $23,063,677 73% 25%
44 PricewaterhouseCoopers $22,770,631 35% 64%
45 Sheet Metal Workers Union $22,676,178 95% 2%
46 Boeing Co $22,112,183 46% 52%
47 American Dental Assn $22,102,908 43% 54%
48 UBS AG $21,765,986 40% 58%
49 Altria Group $21,548,432 29% 69%
50 Comcast Corp $21,017,234 56% 43%
51 Northrop Grumman $20,330,101 42% 57%
52 Honeywell International $20,214,400 44% 54%
53 AFLAC Inc $20,151,059 43% 56%
54 Pfizer Inc $20,126,269 35% 64%
55 Air Line Pilots Assn $19,923,047 82% 17%
56 National Rifle Assn $19,894,153 17% 82%
57 Union Pacific Corp $19,830,643 27% 72%
58 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $19,592,624 41% 58%
59 Koch Industries $18,446,823 8% 91%

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php


20 posted on 06/04/2014 11:40:57 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a Child Rapist and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Mariner

Oh, how horrible!!!....American citizens, Koch bros., exercising their first amendment rights and donating money to causes they believe in!!!....the horror of it all!!! (snicker)


21 posted on 06/04/2014 2:31:01 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
No kidding. They have the Ford and Tides foundations, the academia, Hollywood money, and we have 2 relatively rich donors. What a shocker. Conservative rich people support conservative political movements. The real question is why more of the Fortune 500 don't support pro-capitalist movements with their money?
22 posted on 06/04/2014 2:34:01 PM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: punditwannabe

I had a high school classmate of that name...he pronounced it “cook.”


23 posted on 06/04/2014 2:40:02 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Mariner

The conceit of these moronic hypocrites is that if people like the Koch brothers didn’t donate money to conservative causes, conservatives would be jumping with joy at Obama’s socialist policies and demanding a soviet America. That’s how stupid these dopes are.


24 posted on 06/04/2014 2:42:35 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

A really laughable point these two dopey filmmakers try to make is that the leftist programming on PBS is being affected by the Koch bros. As I recall, leftist propagandists like Bill Moyers have their own programs on PBS. I don’t remember seeing any conservative advocacy programs. Buckley’s show has been long gone from PBS.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 2:52:18 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Mariner

They really think this is effective? November is coming and its going to be worse than they ever could imagine.


26 posted on 06/04/2014 7:13:52 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Mariner

27 posted on 06/05/2014 3:29:17 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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