L’intérêt particulier contre l’intérêt général. C’est à cela que ressemble la politique aux États-Unis. Tous les quatre ans, les candidats se fabriquent à coup de millions de dollars, à coup de spots anti ou pro tel candidat. Et contrairement à l’idée reçue, ce ne sont pas les lobbyistes qui courent vers Washington, mais bien les élus locaux qui ont besoin d’argent. Un système terrible où un congressiste moyen doit générer 18 000 dollars par jour.
I guess truth in advertising went the way of the Fairness Doctrine. Here is a shining example of just how far people can go in their advertising without consequence.
America has Enemies.
Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times
By People & Power reporter Bob Abeshouse
Madison — Governor-elect Scott Walker reached out to two loyal supporters to lead his transition team and build up an administration that will have to tackle enormous challenges in the coming months. Michael W.
Bloomberg Markets: Koch Industries Sold Petrochemical Equipment To Iran And Bribed Countries For ContractsLudmila Egorova-Farines, the Koch compliance officer who blew the whistle wasn’t rewarded for what she found. Her superiors removed her from the inquiry in August 2008 and fired her in June 2009, calling her incompetent, even after Koch’s investigators substantiated her findings.
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France.
There’s right-wing hypocrisy, and then there’s this: Charles Koch, billionaire patron of free-market libertarianism, privately championed the benefits of Social Security to Friedrich Hayek, the leading laissez-faire economist of the twentieth century. Koch even sent Hayek a government pamphlet to help him take advantage of America’s federal retirement insurance and healthcare programs.
I want to introduce David Bouie, who is fighting back against the Koch brothers as an important part of our Koch Brothers Exposed campaign .
Koch Industries, the closely held firm led by conservative and libertarian political donors Charles and David Koch, has a long record of entanglements with federal regulatory authorities; its foreign subsidiaries traded with Iran and some of its foreign employees violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by using bribes to get business deals, according to an exhaustive account by Bloomberg News.
Don't miss Gavin Aronsen's breakdown of the Kochs' million-dollar donor club . Don't forget to check out Part 2 of this report , on the GOP superstar who rocked the Koch seminar crowd. "We have Saddam Hussein," declared billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, apparently referring to President Barack Obama as he welcomed hundreds of wealthy guests to the latest of the secret fundraising and strategy seminars he and his brother host twice a year.
On May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took the stage.
As much as the Koch brothers would like this story to go away--and the corporate media does appear to be helping them-- I have some hope that it might not be that easy :
How the Koch brothers make their money (9 of 9) But that’s not all: Koch Industries also profits from Cordura nylon, and Lycra fabric is produced by the Koch-owned textile company Invista. From ranching to fertilizers to chemicals and energy, the Koch brothers have their hands in a very wide range of goods and services.