Rachel Maddow looks into the elaborate web of behind-the-scenes support the secretive billionaire Koch brothers are giving to conservative causes. (Clip auto-starts when you open it.)
These guys have backed a lot of right-wing initiatives, including the Florida law that mandated drug tests for welfare recipients. Fortunately that law has been tossed out by the courts as a violation of the 4th amendment. That’s just one example of what the Koch money has been up to; there are plenty more examples of their attempt to enact state and federal laws that serve the conservative agenda.
According to the Supreme Court, it’s all perfectly legal, and if there was a multi-billionaire on the left promoting progressive causes, it would be just as legal, although you’d probably hear a lot of whining from the righties about how they’re trying to undermine America. Funny how George Soros is evil but Charles and David Koch are paragons of freedom and the American way. (They made their money the old-fashioned way: they inherited it.)
At any rate, the Koch brothers, for whatever reason, are phobic about publicity and they go to great lengths to hide their connections to seemingly independent and grass-roots movements. I’m sure they have their reasons; not everyone likes the limelight. But you would think that if they believed their causes were noble and good for everyone in America, they wouldn’t go to such great lengths to keep it under wraps.
Modesty is one thing, and anonymity is admirable when you want the focus to be on the result rather than the benefactor, but it almost sounds like they know what they’re doing is nefarious and that they’d be ridiculed or even prosecuted if the bread crumbs led back to their lair.