Publicopoly Exposed

How ALEC, the Koch brothers and their corporate allies plan to privatize government.

By Beau Hodai

On February 25, 2011, Florida State Representative Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary) introduced HB 1021. The bill sought to curtail the political power of unions by prohibiting public employers from deducting any amount from an employee's pay for use by an employee organization (i.e., union dues) or for [RETURN TO ARTICLE]

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    Another astounding investigative piece from Beau Hodai! 

    Why can’t the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post do this sort of work?  They certainly have the budget and the talent, but those mountains groan and bring forth mice.

    One of the Koch’s prime objectives is to keep poor people, working class and lower middle class people, but particularly union members, away from the polls.

    If workers don’t vote in their own interests, the Kochs can buy politicians so much more cheaply.

    Here’s part of the list of their recent gubernatorial purchases, all with anti-union legislation, prison privatization, pension fund destabilizaton, deregulation of workplace and environmental safety, etc.

    Wisconsin:  Scott Walker
    Florida: Rick Scott
    Michigan: Rick Snyder
    New Jersey: Chris Christie
    Pennsylvania: Tom Corbett
    Kansas: Sam Brownback
    South Carolina: Niki Haley
    Arizona: Jan Brewer
    Maine: Paul LePage

    Holdovers include:
    Louisiana: Piyush Jindal
    Mississippi: Haley Barbour
    Indiana: Mitch Daniels

    Essentially, anyplace you find more one of the key items on the Koch brothers “to do” list becoming a gubernatorial priority, you can find their direct and indirect contributions to campaigns:

    Anti-union (i.e., ending collective bargaining or dues checkoff)
    Anti-regulaltion (ending oversight on investments, environmental safeguards, etc.)
    Anti-tax (their bottom line)
    Anti-voter (i.e., “Real I.D. acts)

    Money comes from therm personally (David H. and/or Charles de Ganahl Koch and Richard Fink), from their corporations (Flint Hills refineries, Georgia Pacific paper and lumber, Koch Industries, etc.),  and through their “independent” front groups, for media buys for candidates, ballot measures, etc. (Americans for Prosperity, Forward America, the Tea Party, Club for Growth, Citizens for a Sound Economy, etc.).

    Posted by Pancho on Jul 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    How could I have forgotten John Kasich?  Piyush Jindal in Louisiana tried to sell off four state prisons to ostensibly raise funds for Medicare, but even the very Republican legislalture wasn’t buying. Kasich tried to do him one better by selling off five state prisons to the corrupt for-profit operators.

    The Kochs also have propaganda factories in virtually every state, pretending to be “research” non-profits, churning out mendacious public relations.

    Calling themselves variously “institutes” or “foundations,” they include Buckeye (OH), Allegheny and Commenwealth (PA), the Kansas Policy Foundation, Heartland Institute (IL), Mackinac Center (MI), Rio Grande (NM), Heritage (DC), Independent,  Reason and Cato (CA), etc.  Three are 85 in all, operated by Koch whores, and they are joined by various academics from around the U.S., either individually, or as departments or institutes within universities (i.e., the Mercatus Institute at George Mason U.).

    Posted by Pancho on Jul 11, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    That’s all real terrible stuff. But until you stop pretending our elections are legitimate, how seriously can you expect me to take your complaints about the usurpers? reports well on our fake elections, and is more important than partisan sniping. You’re supporting a failed, hopelessly compromised system. Stop monitoring the truth. Fox is bad enough. Don’t join them.

    Posted by William Rigby on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Every other organization asks their members of voluntarily contribute. Rotary or Elks or Shriners don’t deduct dues off your paycheck.

    With electronic banking it is dead simple for union members to have their dues come out of their bank accounts like condo dues or mortgage payments or car loan payments. The union members fill out one form and its done.

    There is absolutely no reason for dues to come straight off a paycheck.

    Posted by B Canuck on Jul 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    It’s not going to go away, but at this time The State, anywhere above the municipal level, where some examples of sane government still exist here and there, is so hopelessly befouled by corruption and incompetence that it is best to just stay out of its way, and depend on it for as little as possible.

    Only when the working class and underclass take responsibility for defending their own interests as vigorously as the elite do theirs will any real change come. The sooner we stop believing that the government can solve our problems, the sooner real solutions can be found.

    This is fascism, as defined by Mussolini, pure and simple, and the arcane “left vs. right” paradigm allows for a divided populace to be conquered and ruled. If we don’t get serious about our rights, we won’t even be allowed to have these online debates anymore.

    Posted by Dan Mage on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    In my opinion, ALEC is doing very well. Education is the primary right of every person in the state since birth and if someone help in this regard, he/she must be appreciated.
    Resident of this world must take care of this world as their own home. We all must keep an eye on our environment quality. Good environment give good health to the livings.

    I would like to strongly vote to ALEC.

    Posted by Philip First on Sep 24, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Sneaks, snakes, snivelling nobodies…except, of course, they are cursed with the burden of more money than brains. So they tossed out bait and called up all the pusillanimous freaks who couldn’t stand up for their hateful nihilism alone…like that faker, “Ayn Rand…” totally hooked on speed, using the old slavic trick of building a back-story that magnified her “Me, me,me…” refrain. Rand? What a loser.

    Not-too-bright people, insulated from most of modern life, banded together to make most of humanity miserable. Glued together by money they mostly did NOT earn, under a benevolent legal and political system that allows them to fester and spread their rot and pus by the most up-to-date electronics…a system that they fear and hate and will end as soon as they can stupefy themselves and more Americans…while picking their pockets by proxy…and their leaders, determined to uproot all hiumane advances since the Magna Carta?

    The short-order Kochers, staying as far away as they can from the heat…somebody once said something about those kind staying out of the kitchen…Occupy Wall Street will eventually show them how sausage is made, even…

    Posted by Leslie Victor Piper on Oct 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM