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Kansas City Star: #Kobach promised cities help. It cost them millions — and powered his political rise kansascity.com/news/politics-…
"#Kobach used his work in Valley Park to attract other clients, with sometimes disastrous effects on the municipalities.... Farmers Branch, Texas, wound up owing $7 million in legal bills..." kansascity.com/news/politics-…
What's missing from this story is our investigatrix Badpenny’s crucial finding — as featured in The Best Democracy Money Can Buy — that $100,000 of the money paid to #KrisKobach by Farmers Branch, TX came from the #Kochs via several shell foundations. amazon.com/Best-Democracy…
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1. 1993-4 my late brother investigated Bill Barr, Reagan, Bush & Baker among others. It was a strange case involving the CIA. Most of the investigation was top secret "code-worded now called SCI. The case was the pet peeve of the @nytimes' William Safire who rage op-ed-ed it.
2.The accusations involved the CIA arming Saddam Hussein with WMD including nuclear weapons technology. It centered around a small Atlanta bank branch of a larger Italian bank that was accused of laundering US farm credits to Iraq. My brother promised to give me a copy of
3. an unclassified version of his report. He never did. He never discussed it after it was submitted and I presume it was never declassified. John died last year. Here is Merrick Garland on John as counselor to the Attorney General.
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This is good but we'd be far from safe.
Remember that it was ppl like the #Kochs (follow with many other billionare names) who spent decades planting an army of politicians across the entire country to bend it slow to their will.
rawstory.com/?p=1407746 via rawstory
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When #DavidKoch ran for VP back in 1980 the libertarian platform (which we now call "#TheKochAgenda") was scoffed at by most as a 'never gonna happen' list.
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Here's an easier to read copy from Bernie's website. Doesn't matter what you think of Bernie, these are just facts to which I'll give you the source next
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When you look at the GOP’s attempt to seize power from Democrats in states like Wisconsin and North Carolina, keep in mind that the GOP’s ultimate goal is PERMANENT minority rule. And the #Kochs and #ALEC have been working for years to help the GOP achieve it. #DigDeep 1/
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@Lawrence @TheLastWord People seem surprised by this; find it an affront.
This GOP does 👏 not 👏 work 👏 for 👏 🇺🇸 👏 and has not since at least 2010 (citizen's united - the .1% was able to increase the pay for play $ from a trickle to a flood) and many have not for decades. And they are sociopaths.
@Lawrence @TheLastWord Prior to that they spent decades sneaking in tax loopholes for themselves (they increased the rate at which they got richer and we got poorer - little by little over years) and the the #Kochs have been quietly installing legislators of fortune from state to fed level.
@Lawrence @TheLastWord Their playbook is based on feudalism. The elite class is served by the peasants. And #CharlesKoch has been maybe one of the most brilliant men in history to have formulated the architecture for most of this decades long plan.
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Um, unless you want an Article V Convention of States to re-write the U.S. Constitution (a Koch-funded effort), you might want to contact the 6 WI counties that have installed cellular modems and insist that they be removed. 1/
Here is the Thread w/ contact info. and a proposed script for the 6 Wisconsin counties (including WI's 3 most populous) that have installed cellular modems. I initially directed it to Wisconsin voters, but have changed my mind bc this affects ALL of us. 2/
Pls let me know if you can call and/or email these 6 counties and the Wisconsin Election Commission to demand removal of the cellular modems. Thanks! #ProtectOurVotes #noconcon 3/
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@barbetta1 @beth_kania @RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco @Ruetheday852 @jennycohn1 @AliAdair22 I watched it again just now - really put a lump in my throat. We were possibly dealt a death blow with that ruling and it's just now taking it's toll. It's hard to hear - just how right he was and just how ignorant about politics I was, obviously like so many of us. 1/
@barbetta1 @beth_kania @RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco @Ruetheday852 @jennycohn1 @AliAdair22 And now, like being poisoned and getting sick but then recovering only to begin a downward spiral because they're walking around with a dead liver, we find out something of just how badly we may have been wounded. 2/
@barbetta1 @beth_kania @RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco @Ruetheday852 @jennycohn1 @AliAdair22 And honestly we're not entirely certain because we don't really know how big a dose we got. So maybe we can make it through this. But it surely looks grim. And it's a sickening feeling to be given the hope of our last president only to find we may be dead already. 3/
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@RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco For 40+ years the #KochBrothers have been buying politicians at state and fed level. Mostly republicans but there are dems who've taken a bite of the koolaid pie.
Looking at #ALEC, whom they fund heavily, gives you an idea where they're currently at: 1/
sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC…
@RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco Here is their agenda, first seen publicly I believe when David Koch ran for VP in 1980 on the Libertarian ticket - 2/

Image from @Ruetheday852
@RockPaper_Sista @willfightevil @Frimmmy @wrongestwrong @SarahSheKicks2 @RinChupeco @Ruetheday852 I've been showing these bullets to people for over a year now and some had a good laugh at the one that does away with the post office. 3/
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/1/ Is it not incumbant on those of us who know what a threat the #Kochs pose to America, and potentially all democracies, to find some way to let people know?
/2/ Trump is a real danger. There is absolutely no doubting that. But the true head of this snake lies squarely in the lap of the alt-right contract writers - those planning out the shit show and paying our politicians and media to make it happen.
/3/ If this were a disease, Trump would be the acute form while the alt-right would be chronic. We get rid of Trump and the chronic simply flare up another accute case as they hone in on our constitution. #NoConCon
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How Dominionism Was Spread. Part 1.
A Covert Religious Political Theocracy, Under Many Names, is Hidden in Plain Sight.
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I'll repost this to the war room (it's slow - many houses not in session currently) but the #Kochs have literally spent decades moving states (all of them) politicians to the red. 1/
That part I have seen in writing - plenty of articles cover their astroturfers and their disbursal centers (whatever they're called - technical issues today, sorry - Rachel Maddow has covered the later as well as their mobile units) 2/
The idea is - you don't just dive into a hornets nest to swap out the queen - you gently smoke the hive and work your way in. If you look at state republican trifectas (ballotopedia) you'll see just how much crimson jam they've spread on the America they see as toast. 3/
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One of the most important offices in any state is that of Secretary of State, especially in swing states like Ohio where SOS’s have turned off voting machine audit functions, fought to keep machines paperless, & purged voter rolls. Pls support @KathleenClyde for Ohio SOS! 1/
2/ Ohio’s current SOS, Republican John Husted , went out of his way to make sure voting machine audit functions were turned OFF in 2016!
3/ In 2004, Republican SOS Ken Blackwell tried to have Ohio buy paperless voting machines!
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Iowa & South Carolina voters! If u care about public education, u must call ur state legislators NOW to oppose pending legislation to join the so-called "Convention of States" to amend the U.S. Constitution! This effort is backed by the #Kochs & #ALEC! Sourced info. below. 1/
2/ The #Kochs--who support and fund the pending legislation in states like Iowa and SC to call a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution (see posts below)--are determined to undermine public education. commondreams.org/views/2018/02/…
3/ Here is a handout w/ links to model legislation from #ALEC--a #Koch funded organization --that would undermine public education. #ALEC is also pushing for a Convention of States to amend the US Constitution via pending bills in states like IA and SC!
alecexposed.org/w/images/7/7b/…
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This is a great thread except it blows one HUGE point in making Trump personally the antagonist. There is a myth right now in America that getting rid of Trump will get rid of these problems. It won't - because these are not really his own ideas
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Recall an interview long ago with Larry King where he spoke of taking care of people. King said, 'universal healthcare?' and Trump agreed.
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And I'm not trying to paint Trump the saint - hell no, he is evil incarnate. But I am saying that he really doesn't have much interest in these things. Does anyone seriously conjure images of him up nights working out "health reform"?
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The #KochBrothers want “freedom” alright: freedom to poison our environment and sicken our kids without government interference. We cannot let them get their polluted hands on our Constitution! #NoConCon thinkprogress.org/to-block-epa-r… 1/
Oh look here! The #KochBrothers backed climate-change denier Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. 2/ ucsusa.org/publications/g…
In the midst of the Flint water crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan wrote an op-Ed opposing the EPA’s Clean Water Act, which several #KochBrothers businesses had lobbied against. Because they want “freedom” to poison our water.
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Iowa voters! The Iowa House has passed Joint Resolution 8 calling for an Article V Convention of States to amend the US Constitution-as desired by #ALEC & #Kochs! The senate will vote ANY DAY! Tell ur state senators 2 vote NO! Contact info & more below #NoConCon #KochBrothers 1/
Alarmingly, #JR8 had BIPARTISAN support in the IA House. Still, u probably should focus on Senate Republicans first. Here is a list w/ their names & numbers. Tell them u will #VoteThemOut if they vote for a Convention of States! iowasenaterepublicans.com/senators/ 2/
Next, you should convey the same message—vote NO on #JR8 or we will #Vote you out—to the Democratic leadership in the Iowa Senate. Here are their names & numbers. senate.iowa.gov/democrats/sena… 3/
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Iowa voters! The Iowa House has passed Joint Resolution 8 calling for an Article V Convention of States to amend the US Constitution-as desired by #ALEC & #Kochs! The senate will vote ANY DAY! Tell ur state senators 2 vote NO! Contact info & more below #NoConCon #KochBrothers 1/
Find ur Iowa state senators here & tell them 2 vote NO on Joint Resolution 8 calling for an Article V “Convention of State” 2 amend the US Constitution! This is a #KochBrothers resolution meant 2 decimate the federal govt & to eliminate SS & Medicare! 2/ openstates.org/find_your_legi…
Here is a link to Joint Resolution 8. 3/ legis.iowa.gov/legislation/Bi…
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1. The #KochBrothers & the #CNP plan to privatize education, just like Chile. This analysis of the Chilean education system shows that "privatization creates or deepens inequalities between socio-eco-nomic groups and creates a strongly segregated society." globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
2. During the 1980s, under Pinochet, Chile saw:
* The introduction of a voucher system whereby schools are funded by the State on the basis of the number of students attending daily;
* The deregulation of school curriculum.
globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
3. Chile privatized its school system "in the name of efficiency and school ‘choice’. The theory was that commercializing the relationship between schools and families would thereby incentivize increased quality." Sound familiar? globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
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🔥 "The Dangerous Path" 🔥
"Big Money's Plan to Shred the Constitution"
A research document available from 'Common Cause, Holding Power Accountable' --
I recommend reading this PDF as an aid to understanding the dangers of a Constitutional Convention
commoncause.org/issues/more-de…
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From the Executive Summary --
"The threat is a constitutional convention, convened on the petitions of at least 34 state
legislatures as specified under an Article V of the Constitution and empowered to rewrite or
propose new amendments to that document."
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"Its advocates span the ideological spectrum,
including right-of-center supporters of new limits on federal power, from a constitutional
requirement that the federal budget be balanced"
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