Koch Brothers Plan To Spend Almost One BILLION Dollars To Buy 2016 Election

Remember when the conservative wing of the Supreme Court scoffed at the idea that allowing the rich to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections would have a corrupting effect?

Were they stupid of just lying?

The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races. In the last presidential election, the Republican National Committee and the party’s two congressional campaign committees spent a total of $657 million.

A little over 300 people will now have the same kind of financial influence as both major political parties combined. There is literally no one alive that could argue that this would not corrupt the process and keep a straight face. Either politicians will obey the Koch brothers in hopes of securing some of that juicy campaign money or they will obey them for fear that money will used against them. In either case, the Kochs and their cabal of billionaires will own politicians.

And just to make it clear which party is snuggling deep into the Kochs’ pockets, a number of the 2016 Republican hopefuls showed up at the “secret” meeting to kiss the ring:

At least five potential presidential candidates were invited this year, and four attended, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Sunday evening, three of them — Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas — took part in a candidate forum on economic issues.

Does anyone honestly believe that these candidates will not be directly under the control of the Kochs if they should actually take the White House? The conservatives on the Supreme Court said the only kind of unacceptable corruption would be direct quid pro quo, that is, the exchange of money for action. But what is spending a billion dollars to decide who gets elected if not quid pro quo writ large?

It’s like that quote often attributed to Joseph Stalin: “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is just a statistic.” But in this case, a more proper usage might be, “A thousand dollars is a bribe. A Billion dollars is just American politics.”