Koch Brothers Political Network - Two Unaccountable Guys, All the Power
Some days, you read something and you think to yourself, you know, there’s the Pacific Ocean right over there, I could start walking and keep going because what in the name of god is the point any more?
The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations. Key players in the Koch-backed network have already begun engaging in the 2014 midterm elections, hiring new staff members to expand operations and strafing House and Senate Democrats with hard-hitting ads over their support for the Affordable Care Act.
This is two guys — TWO FREAKING GUYS! — and they have more power within the American political system than a million earnest volunteers knocking on doors. They have more influence than millions of people writing letters to the editors, protesting outside school boards, or organizing online. This is two guys — TWO FREAKING GUYS! — whose politics were formed on what was still considered the Republican fringe in the 1950s and 1960s, and they have more power within the American political system than what’s left of the entire infrastructure of organized labor.