Koch Bros. Give Millions to Anti-Choice Efforts in the States


To hear the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch tell it, they’re all about business; they don’t give a whit about those messy, so-called “social issues” like abortion, contraception, or same-sex marriage. The billions they dump into the political coffers of the right, they’ll tell you, are to further what they call “free enterprise” (translate: killing unions and regulations on business) and, more generally, “freedom” (by which they generally mean freedom from things they don’t like, such as regulations and unions).

But a blockbuster report published Thursday by Politico reporters Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei shows otherwise. How else to explain why Freedom Partners, a shadowy group that Politico refers to as the “Kochs’ secret bank” gave $8.2 million to the virulently anti-LGBT, anti-abortion Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), which lobbies for such bills as the recently passed law in Texas that will effectively ban all abortion 20 weeks after fertilization, and includes unnecessary and onerous regulations on abortion clinics that are designed to compel many to close their doors.

At the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, David Koch told Politico’s Ken Vogel that he disagreed with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Yet that didn’t stop his Freedom Partners organization from showering the CWALAC with his millions. Here’s what CWALAC says on its website about marriage equality:

Definition of the Family

CWALAC believes the traditional family consists of one man and one woman joined in marriage, along with any children they may have. We seek to protect traditional values that support the Biblical design of the family.

And on abortion, there’s this:

Sanctity of Human Life

CWALAC supports the protection of all life from conception until natural death. This includes the consequences resulting from abortion.

And woe unto the teacher who would dare to report a parent for abuse of his or her child:

Education

CWALAC seeks to reform public education by returning authority to parents.

CWALAC also lobbies Congress, and is currently leading opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would forbid employers from firing an employee because that person is transgender or not heterosexual, and seeking legislation that would allow secular employers to exempt themselves from new regulations that require that employer-provided health plans offer coverage for prescription contraceptives without a co-pay.

Donors to Freedom Partners are drawn from the well-heeled participants in the Koch brothers’ semi-annual conferences, according to the Politico report.

When the Tea Party movement was organized by Koch-funded groups in 2009, great pains were taken to portray the movement as something new, as a spontaneous uprising of patriotic Americans who cared only for the cause of limited government. Never mind, as I wrote then, that the organizing had been entrusted to the old hands of the religious right, people such as Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips (a former business partner of Ralph Reed, who made his mark as executive director of Rev. Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition), and Richard Viguerie, one of the founders of the religious right.

The Tea Party brand was never anything more than a new face for an old movement—one born of the pro-segregation and anti-woman movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Now, more clearly than ever, it is stamped with the faces of Charles and David Koch. They’re all about business, all right—your business, that is.

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  • aspromised

    Ahhh the Kochs…. they use every opportunity to manipulate, to influence, to continue the stupidity. That is PROTECTION!

  • BillStewart2012

    Why? Because they really don’t care one way or the other about abortion or gay marriage, but they care a lot about getting Republicans elected to support their pro-business agenda, and CWA is a broad-agenda group that gets right-wingers to show up at the polls and vote Republican.

    Similarly, they support anti-evolution groups, not because they don’t believe in evolution, but because people who don’t believe in evolution are a dependable right-wing voting block, and evolution denial makes believing climate change denial easier. And they care a LOT about not having the government regulate their climate-change-affecting energy business.

  • anglel

    Yaaaayyy. I hate republicans…I really do. I think they are rather back stabbie as a group and highly deluded of how what they do effects others. that being said, their only saving grace is their apparent soft spot for giving life, once conceived and with a beating heart, a shot at being born.

    I dont care about gay marriage because marriage is a religious institution recognized by the state. I personally feel the church should withdraw God ordained marriage from civic scrutiny and let gay people get “married” or whatever they want to call it. The church should hold its own covenant marriage celebrations separate from civil government. So if your really a person of faith you would get married by the church in one ceremony and married by the state in another.

    The church should hold no obligation to “marry” anyone that does not fit their qualifying criteria. You dont have to go to a Christian church for this ceremony, there are all kinds of organizations willing to legally “marry” whoever. But asking a priest to seal a covenant between God and people to be married outside of ordained authorization is infringing on ones religious freedoms.

    Any two people who share assets long enough, sex or no, should be allowed certain rights in relations to shared accumulated assets. I dont think that is unfair, and it leaves a persons morality as a personal choice which it is. 0