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State lawmakers snub Koch brothers & screw the Detroit Institute of Arts, vote for state aid in Detroit bankruptcy deal

Efforts by the Koch brothers front group Americans for Prosperity to scuttle the Detroit bankruptcy settlement were shot down in flames as the state legislature overwhelmingly voted yesterday to contribute $194.8 million toward the deal. This was the amount needed to ensure that the deal did not collapse and which saves the Detroit Institute of Arts’ priceless art collection while ensuring that retired Detroit pension holders don’t see their monthly retirement checks slashed.

The vote on the 11-bill package was bipartisan and, for the most part, lopsided. The main bill passed by a 103-7 margin. It was a harsh rebuke of the meddling of the corporatist Koch brothers and other wealthy funders of AFP.…

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SHOCKER! Koch brothers working to scuttle Detroit bankruptcy settlement

In a shocking development that surprises absolutely nobody, we learn that the Koch brothers, through their front group Americans for Prosperity, is working overtime to sabotage the “grand bargain” settlement that would bring the city of Detroit out of bankruptcy, save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ priceless art collection, and keep innocent retired pensioners from being thrown into abject poverty by slashing their pensions.

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group supported by the Koch brothers, has launched an effort to torpedo a proposed settlement in the Detroit bankruptcy case, potentially complicating chances for completing the deal just as its prospects seemed to be improving.…
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Koch brothers want to fix Michigan’s roads with “free-market reforms”

Nobody in Michigan would argue that we don’t need to take drastic measures to fix our crumbling roads. In some places, gravel roads would be an improvement over what the roads look like right now. One proposal being floated is to change the gas tax from a flat 19 cents per gallon to a percentage of the wholesale cost. This Republican proposal would allow more revenue to be collected when gas prices rise. The proposal, HB 5477, is expected to raise a little over $800 million in 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The Koch brothers are having none of it. In a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, AFP-Michigan state director Scott Hagerstrom makes it clear that any tax increase to solve a problem that is rapidly making Michigan the laughing stock of the USA is off the table.…

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UPDATEDx2: Koch brothers’ fake “Obamacare victim” Julie Boonstra made to look even more foolish and exploited

“It can’t be true…I personally do not believe that.”

My home town of Dexter has been in the national news a bit lately. It started when Congressman Tim “the Original Tea Partier” Walberg invited a resident of our Stars Hollow-like village, Julie Boonstra, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address as a “victim of Obamacare”.

From there, she was featured in an anti-Gary Peters ad by the Koch brothers’ front group Americans for Prosperity, an ad that has gotten more attention after being completely debunked than it would have gotten otherwise.

AFP doubled down, running another ad where Boonstra tearfully cries about being “silenced” by Gary Peters who questioned her veracity.…

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Terri Lynn Land’s campaign crashing and burning before she even makes a public appearance

Actually, it’s more like the Koch brothers’ campaign…

Terri Lynn Land can best be described as the U.S. Senate candidate in absentia. Unlike her Democratic opponent Gary Peters who has been touring the state talking to voters, Land hasn’t made public appearance in months, not one where she could be asked direct questions since she began her tepid campaign to replace Sen. Carl Levin. She has appeared at a handful of Republican events, one for which she wasn’t even listed on the event flyer. But that hasn’t stopped her from running a campaign so full of fail that it is crashing and burning before it even gets off the ground.…

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Republicans maintain a laser-like focus on Obamacare misinformation campaign

GOP Congressmen Walberg and Bentivolio are so busy trying to discredit the ACA, how can they have time for anything else?

How many Obamacare “horror stories” have to be debunked for people to realize that the GOP spin machine is pedaling so hard it’s about ready to rotate off its axis?

Better yet, let’s call it what it is: lying. And two U.S. Congressmen from Michigan are spending an awful lot of time doing it — on the taxpayers’ dime, too.

Rep. Tim Walberg has been holding a series of events I like to call “Let’s All Complain About Obamacare” meetings.…

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Michigan Democratic Party gets serious, will file FEC complaint against Terri Lynn Land for collusion with Super PACs

Fighting back against corporate funding of bought-and-paid-for Republicans

In late September of 2013, RNC Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land appeared at a Republican Women of Leelanau County Garden Party. Like Mitt Romney in 2012, Land neglected to notice that she was being recorded. Video of her appeared on Huffington Post saying that she had been talking to people at conservative Super PACs and they were “committed to Michigan” where she’s running for Senate.

Candidates are prohibited by federal law to coordinate with Super PACs.

So, my husband and I, like I said, are committed to this. We’re out on the road, we’re raising money, it’s going to take a lot of resources to do this.…
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UPDATED: Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity taking a page from OFA’s playbook, funds State of the Union watch parties in at least 13 states

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

A Politico piece titled Koch World 2014 revealed that the Koch brothers realized that their failure in the 2012 election was due largely to a poor field organization. They learned from their mistake, according to the article, and are spending their vast resources to help shore up local field organizing.

A clear example of this happens tomorrow night as Americans for Prosperity (AFP) state chapters in twelve at least thirteen states hold “State of the Union Watch Parties”, fully funded by the Koch brothers corporatist front group. There are four here in Michigan alone; one in Marquette, one in Grand Rapids, one in Novi, and one in Traverse City.…

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Koch brothers’ attempt to bolster Terri Lynn Land’s candidacy draws scathing rebuke from the New York Times

Oh, the Koch brothers are spending millions to propagate lies? REALLY?! What ARE the odds???!!!

A couple of weeks ago, the Koch brothers, through their astroturfing corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity, attempted to roll out their latest attack ad on Gary Peters in the state Capitol Building. They literally planned to use the resources of the Michigan state government to propagate pro-business propaganda by holding a press conference in the Speaker’s Conference Room. Only after they were shamed into by Democrats did Republican leaders kick AFP out the door.

An editorial by the New York Times editorial board today excoriates the Koch brothers and AFP for the ad which they describe as “full of distortions and lies”.…

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UPDATED: Michigan Republicans open state Capitol building to Koch brothers front group to air anti-Democrat attack ad

Shameless

This afternoon, at the invitation of Michigan Republicans, the Koch brothers-funded corporatist front group Americans for Prosperity debuted a new attack ad aimed at Senate candidate Gary Peters. Portrayed as an anti-Affordable Care Act “issue ad”, it clearly targets only one candidate, Democrat Gary Peters and represents another example of the corrosive grip corporate “dark money” has on our state’s elections.

AFP aired their hit piece inside the state Capitol building in the Speaker’s Conference Room.

House Democrats were suitably outraged. House Minority Leader Tim Greimel issued the following statement:

The state Capitol is the people’s house, and it’s unconscionable that Speaker Bolger and House Republicans would allow it to be used in such a partisan fashion.…
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