On January 27, I Googled the following: “How much money will the Democrats spend on the 2016 presidential election?” I’ll explain why in a moment. Actually, what came up will be explanation enough.
What came up had no resemblance to my inquiry. The number one ranked answer to my inquiry was: “Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending” by The New York Times.
You see, I read an article in the UK Telegraph about the Koch Brothers and their plan to spend $1.4 million per day until Election Day 2016 to see to it that the Republicans win the White House and retain control of both the House and Senate.
On the first page of my Google search there were 12 selections. Everyone was about the evil Republican Koch Brothers. The New York Times, Washington Post, two Politico stories, Reuters, the Telegraph, the Dallas News, CBS News and MSNBC — all inhabited the front page, yet not a single answer to my request regarding the Democrats or Hillary.
All of them were decrying the fact that the devil twins – the Koch Brothers – were going to buy the election.
The New York Times quotes David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to Obama, as saying, “It’s no wonder the candidates show up when the Koch Brothers call. That’s exponentially more money than any party organization will spend. In many ways, they have superseded the party.”
Yes David, it’s no wonder. Kind of like billionaire leftist environmental nut Tom Steyer who said he would pull candidates’ funding if they didn’t back his greenie agenda, like opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. I’m sure he just neglected to mention to said candidates that he is a major investor in Kinder Morgan, which is building a competitor to the Keystone pipeline.
This entire phony populist flap over money and the Koch’s expenditures came out Monday after the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, California.
The good news for conservatives: No squishy establishment candidates were invited to attend. No Jeb, no Mitt, no Christie Kreme.
The Times reported that “At least five potential presidential candidates were invited this year, and four attended, including Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Sunday evening, three of them — Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Ted Cruz of Texas — took part in a candidate forum on economic issues.”
Wouldn’t it be a nice to have the establishment hacks locked out of the big money, for a change? Not even Karl Rove will be able to match the Koch money.
Anyway, I began scrolling down through the various search result pages and found one post that even hinted about Clinton and the 2016 campaign. Page 5 had one by Politicalticker, a CNN blog entitled “A Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign could cost $1.7 billion…” And the blog post was from March of last year.
I never did find a specific answer to my query. I did find a few guesses on overall spending by both parties – between $5 billion and $8 billion. That’s obscene, but it’s as close as I could come to any Democrat figures.
I believe the reasoning is to downplay this whole situation. And of course to further demonize both the Kochs and the Republican brand as just big money, out of touch fat cats, who don’t give a darn about the little guy, like the Dems do.
If this were Hillary and the Democrats receiving this $889 million, it would be hailed as the greatest thing since the invention of the solar panel, not as some sort of coup attempt designed to take over and corrupt our election process.
Assuming the Kochs throw their money behind an actual conservative (Ted Cruz), to allow him to compete with the establishment, this election cycle just got a lot more exciting.