“ … “The Koch network now has many of the aspects of a political party — GOTV, complex data analytics, candidate selection — without the accountability to voters.” … “
“ … A recent Politico report finds: Koch and his brother David Koch have quietly assembled, piece by piece, a privatized political and policy advocacy operation like no other in American history that today includes hundreds of donors and employs 1,200 full-time, year-round staffers in 107 offices nationwide. That’s about 3½ times as many employees as the Republican National Committee and its congressional campaign arms had on their main payrolls last month, according to POLITICO’s analysis of tax and campaign documents and interviews with sources familiar with the network. … “
“ … “Political resources are now far less likely to flow through the official Republican committees than they were a decade ago. Instead, contributions are increasingly likely to go through outside groups. By far, the most prominent of these extra party funders is the array of groups directed by the Koch brothers.” … “
“ … “Intentionally or not, this new system has eroded the power of the official parties that have rigidly controlled modern politics for decades… The result is the privatization of a system that we’d always thought of as public-a hi-jacking of American politics by the ultra-rich.” … “
“ … Over the last decade, the Koch brothers have taken an increasingly important role in American politics. Recent reporting as well as academic research suggests that the Kochs now control a network that will likely outspend the Republican National Committee in 2016, and has sophisticated data analytic capacities, as well as a surveillance operation. The Kochs fund organizations that create model bills, run get-out-the-vote operations and recruit candidates. That is, the Koch network shares all of the things a traditional party does, without being accountable to voters. The remedy, say two political scientists, is to shift the campaign finance landscape to strengthen parties. But any reform must include public financing. … “
Read The Entire Piece, It is well worth the time. There is a short history which explains the differences in Campaign Financing from the Nixon Era to present. It also offers data to show that the opportunistic political parties themselves are now beginning to see this as detrimental to the political process.
The Internet is not broken, and does not need to be fixed. Left-wing extremists have been crying wolf for the past decade about the harm to the Internet if the federal government didn’t regulate it. Not only were they wrong, but the Internet has exploded with innovation. Do not regulate the Internet. The best way to keep it open and free is what has kept it open and free all along—no government intervention.
There’s an organization out there called American Commitment that is preying on stupid people who see things through Amurikkah-tinted glasses by reframing the debate on net neutrality into a “government takeover” of the internet. If you are one of the 2.4 million people who signed this petition, you are among the 2.4 million stupidest people in the country. Just thought I should tell you so you can learn to embrace your stupidity and realize that you’re letting some jackasses paid for by the Koch family feed your brain with mind-numbing bullshit.
May you see the error of your ways and spend a couple of minutes researching the jerks that are brainwashing you. Thanks. — Ernie @ SFB