May 23, 2013
Koch’s Next Target: Hurricane Sandy Victims
Posted on Dec 23, 2012
Money can buy you many things in this world, but unfortunately for billionaire David Koch, it couldn’t buy him the gift he really wanted this holiday season: the ouster of President Obama. But since Koch is really, really rich, he can afford to spend massive amounts of cash to go after other political targets—like any member of Congress who supports the major aid package to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Last week, one of Koch’s conservative political organizations, Americans for Prosperity, sent a letter to congressional members threatening to unleash a torrent of political attack ads against them in the next election if they vote for the $60.4 billion federal storm aid package.
“It seems particularly cruel that the Koch political machine would use its vast network of paid activists and professional operatives to kill this bill,” The Nation’s Lee Fang writes. “For one thing, this is David Koch’s community. From his Upper East Side apartment, Koch lives only a subway ride away from the devastation in Red Hook.”
The superstorm, which hit the New York City area especially hard, claimed the lives of 100 people, destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of residences and caused an estimated $50 billion dollars of damages.
But Koch’s fiendish decision to target these would-be aid recipients is a travesty for another indirect reason, one that involves not just a threat to the region, but also to the entire planet as we know it: climate change.
That’s why it’s definitely worth pointing out that David Koch and his brother Charles haven’t just contributed enormously to the climate change problem, but they have also been instrumental players in the climate-denial movement itself.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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