Monday, July 9, 2012
Mandel's $$$ buddies: Jot down the Koch Brothers
In other words, he's a lobbyist for generic conservative groups whose names normally promote starry patriotic themes like freedom, (from taxes) liberty (from taxes) and...American Commitment (to unseat Democrats who stand in the way of lowering taxes, fatter profits, and deregulation.)
You could go on and on about the things that keep these folks up at night, but the one group that stands out in Kerpen's resume is Americans for Prosperity.
That's the mega-funded juggernaut founded by David Koch, a billionaire who wants to rearrange American life to suit his own rich stake in the land . He and his brother are doing so by laying up tons of cash in House and Senate races, including Ohio's. You might wonder what a man of Koch's vast wealth is doing birthing organizations with prosperity in the title since he already has more dough than he needs to buy his own country.
But the intersection of Kerpen, Americans Commitment, Americans for Prosperity and the Kochs is a sweet deal for Brown's whizzy Republican opponent, Josh Mandel, who doesn't appear in the ad but you can bet the Statue of Liberty that Josh is well aware of it every waking moment of his day.
So factor into Mandel the name of David Koch, one of seveal of Josh's silent partners.
And so far, it hasn't worked despite the millions that the Mandel campaign is spending on attack ads. A late Quinnipiac poll has Brown about 11 pts. ahead with Josh settled in at 36.6 pct..