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FPPC forces disclosure; reveals Koch Bros connected money laundering in anti-30 Campaign

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission fought to get you this information before election day:

http://www.fppc.ca.gov/press_release.php?pr_id=766

Thank you, FPPC.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the $11 million anti-30 contribution came from two groups. You’ll be surprised (not) to find that one of the groups, the Center to Protect Patient Rights, is run by people connected with the Koch Brothers:

The Americans for Job Security is a nonprofit “business league” that does not have to disclose its donors. The group has run millions of dollars in ads against President Barack Obama.

The Center to Protect Patient Rights also does not have to disclose its donors as a 501(c)4. The Center for Responsive Politics reported the group has spent millions of dollars attacking Democratic congressional candidates this year.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/11/fppc-accuses-arizona-nonprofit-of-money-laundering.html#storylink=cpy

And more on the Arizona group, “Center to Protect Patient Rights”: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/19/4832742/a-stealth-attack-seeks-to-drain.html

and: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/28/nation/la-na-secret-money-20120528

From the LA Times article:

The Kochs have several ties to the center. It is run by Sean Noble, a Phoenix-based GOP consultant who is a key operative in the Kochs’ political activities, as first noted by the investigative blog Republic Report. One of the center’s original directors, Heather Higgins, is chairwoman of the Independent Women’s Forum, which has received funding from a Koch-controlled foundation. And Cheryl Hillen, a Connecticut-based consultant who raised $2.6 million for the center, was director of fundraising for the Koch-backed Citizens for a Sound Economy.

  1. Anonymous
    November 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    It doesn’t surprise me that conservatives are anti-30. We’re more than a decade into their long-fought campaign to privatize public education. It’s a multi-prong attack — PR convincing the public our schools are systemically broken, and legislation that makes that myth a reality (vouchers, charters, teacher accountability, merit pay, etc.). Some of those efforts result in the quality of education lowering, others are simply ineffective. Coupled with the impossible standard set by No Child Left Behind for standardized testing, and massive ongoing cuts in federal education funding (and often state funding — California is in its eighth year), even inert ‘reforms’ have the effect of harming public education because NCLB sanctions are designed to ultimately declare all schools as failing (because no school can achieve 100% proficiency — an impossibility).

  2. November 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

    The Koch Brothers probably have a little shrine to Scalia in their vaults.

  3. November 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Anonymous,

    Of course it’s not surprising that conservatives are against public schools. Nor is it surprising that they’ll break California law in trying to fuck the state over. The surprising thing is that the California Fair Political Practices Commission was able to reveal the money laundering before the election, rather than after.

  4. Plain Jane
    November 5, 2012 at 10:02 am

    It’s not surprising to me that “conservatives” like these aren’t conservative at all. They are just trying to hide their corruption and opposition to democracy behind the conservative label.

  5. Steve
    November 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Its great to see the FPPC take action before election day. Aside from the impact of the ads on “vote by mail” ballots already sent in, I wonder to what extent Californians who still have a ballot to cast will pay attention to the indirect source of funding for anti-30 ads. The ads themselves work effectively to influence our more base motivations of greed, fear, and distrust.

  6. HUUFC
    November 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Good grief, conservatives are not against government schools, also what laws have been broken? Calm down, you’re hysterical.

  7. Plain Jane
    November 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Campaign money laundering, Huffy. Ask Tom Delay for the details.

  8. Ponder z
    November 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Ohhh cry me a river. 30 is full of BS that will not have an effect on schools, only teachers unions. Just read the freaking bill. Of course comprehension on your part will be needed.

  9. tra
    November 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Best argument I’ve seen against 30 is that only about a third of it goes to schools, and about the same amount goes to prisons. Apparently that’s the compromise that was reached in order to get the all-important support of the powerful prison guard union. Still, I think it’s worth it. Class sizes are getting ridiculously large, and I think it’s pretty well established that, all other factors being equal, overcrowded classrooms with overstretched teachers almost always produce significantly inferior results.

  10. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Here’s a good article about this subject:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/171055/could-attorney-general-kamala-harris-turn-tide-dark-money#

    Let’s hope Kamala Harris is up to the job. This is huge.

  11. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    We may even get to see a little of that “vast right wing conspiracy” exposed to the light of day.

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