Saturday, January 21, 2012

Adventurers in Buying Elections With the Koch Brothers

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

David and Charles Koch love Arizona congressional representatives the best. In 2011, they gave our our representatives more money than those of any other state, and they gave money to more Arizona congressional representatives than those from any other state. Ben Quayle ($6,000), Trent Franks ($7,500), Dave Schweikert ($10,000) and Jeff Flake ($12,300) racked up a total of, to save you the math, $35,800 for their campaign coffers from the Kochs, and wouldn't you know, their constituents apparently wanted them to vote in ways that seemed to favor the brothers. Americans For Prosperity gave them all a 100 percent rating for the first half of the 112th Congress.

What would it take to make our representatives even more prosperous? After all, Tim Walberg of Michigan was able to tap them for $27,000 all by himself. Are Arizona voters just making it too easy for them? Meanwhile, wouldn't you love to see an analysis of the brothers' contributions, or trickle-down contributions to state offices? Or even local ones?

Here are details from Think Progress. Feel free to sweep the inflammatory rhetoric aside and focus on the numbers.

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