The Koch Brothers are the libertarian version of George Soros. If you are liberal, you think George Soros is fine. If you are anti-immigration John Tanton is the Holy Grail. If you are conservative you think that Richard Scaife is fine. There is nothing wrong with them – any of them, in that they have a Constitutional right to do what they do.
I have a Constitutional right NOT to like what they do. They are manipulators all. When just a few of very wealthy individuals use their money to manipulate the political scene. When people like this do what they do, they bother me. They disturb me.
They threaten our republic.
We turn from a republic into a plutocracy.
The definition of plutocracy is: is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth. The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy. The word plutocracy (Modern Greek: πλουτοκρατία – ploutokratia) is derived from the ancient Greek root ploutos, meaning wealth and kratos, meaning to rule or to govern.
Richard Mellon Scaife was one of the major, early funders and supporters of the Heritage Foundation.
“...(born July 3, 1932) is an American newspaper publisher and billionaire. Scaife owns and publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. With $1.2 billion, Scaife, a principal heir to the Mellon banking, oil, and aluminum fortune, is No. 283 on the 2005 Forbes 400. Scaife is particularly well known for his financial support of conservative and right-wing public policy organizations over the past two decades. He has provided support for conservative and libertarian causes in the U.S., mostly through the private, nonprofit foundations he controls: the Sarah Scaife Foundation, Carthage Foundation, and Allegheny Foundation, and until 2001, the Scaife Family Foundation, now controlled by his daughter Jennie and son David. Scaife also helped fund the Arkansas Project, which ultimately led to the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton…”
Sun Mung Moon
“…The potential buyer is a recently formed LLC called News World Media Development, headed by former Washington Times Chairman Dong Moon Joo, also known as Douglas, long believed to be one of Moon’s closest associates.
On Tuesday, Joo’s group began due diligence on buying the paper back from its founder’s son, Hyun Jin Moon, known as Preston.
Douglas Joo and Preston Moon have emerged as fierce rivals inside the Moon empire. Preston Moon has been in charge of the Washington Times’ parent company since 2006, and the two worked together on the Washington Times for several years — until Moon fired Joo in November, along with his two lieutenants, Tom McDevitt and Keith Cooperrider.
Now Joo wants back in — and in turn, so does the founder, Rev. Moon.
Many observers of the situation said the last year of squabbling has been extremely embarrassing for Moon and the Unification Movement, and Joo’s appointment to lead the buyers’ group is the 90-year-old reverend’s attempt to reassert control.
“The old man wants his trusty fishing pole back,” said Larry Zilliox, a Virginia private investigator who has been tracking the Unification Movement for years. “This is one of the first things he did. This was the one of the first rock-solid ways he gained power and influence. It’s always been supported by funds from the outside. Never been a moneymaker, but it’s always been valuable to them.“….The Washington Times has never made money, and Rev. Moon has been quite candid about having to prop it up with his other business enterprises, telling a Washington banquet in 2002 that more than a billion dollars have been sunk into the paper over its lifetime.
The money has come from various corners of Moon’s sprawling international business empire over the years, but particularly from the Unification Church’s operations in Japan, according to a leaked letter by Unification Church International Treasurer Victor Walters. Those operations are led by Preston’s younger bother, Kook Jim Moon, known as Justin.
But in July of last year, the money suddenly stopped coming — eventually putting the paper in the precarious position it has occupied in recent months, when rumors of its demise were rampant.
“The donations from Unification Church of Japan stopped abruptly and completely on July 13, 2009, soon after Mr. Kook Jin Moon took the helm of the church of Japan,” Walters wrote in an alarmed memo. “We are facing the reality of having to declare bankruptcy very soon, which will mean the liquidation of the company.”
Justin Moon’s decision to cut off the money, or at least significantly reduce it, came amid fierce fighting among the heirs to Rev. Moon’s sprawling international business empire. The conflict came to a head in October, when Moon publicly handed over control to four of his 13 children: Preston, Justin, their sister In Jin and Hyung Jin Moon, known as Sean, who became the church’s religious leader. Preston became chairman of the Washington Times’ parent company.
“…Coors was perhaps best known for his conservative politics. A founding member of the Heritage Foundation along with Paul Weyrich and Edwin Feulner, Coors provided $250,000 to the think tank to cover its first year budget. He was also involved with the founding of the Free Congress Foundation and the Council for National Policy. He was a member of Ronald Reagan’s Kitchen Cabinet, helping finance Reagan’s political career as governor of California and U.S. president. …”
“…Kobach was gone by that time, having returned in 2003 to his Kansas City professorship. In 2004, he signed on with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the legal arm of the nativist Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). (The Southern Poverty Law Center lists FAIR as a hate group because of its promotion of white nationalism and its ties to white supremacy; FAIR founder John Tanton has written that a clear “European-American majority” is needed to protect American culture.) As IRLI’s paid senior counsel (today, he is listed merely as “of counsel” to IRLI), Kobach worked with IRLI Director Michael Hethmon to file his first anti-immigration lawsuit, this one against Kansas. The suit, which sought to kill a law granting in-state tuition rates to some children of undocumented immigrants, was dismissed in 2006. (A similar lawsuit, filed by Kobach years later, ended last November, when the California Supreme Court roundly rejected his claims.)
Kobach also ran for the Kansas Senate in 2004, helped along by a $10,000 from U.S. Immigration PAC, which is run by Tanton’s wife, Mary Lou. Kobach lost after his Democratic opponent, Dennis Moore, called him a racist and criticized his close association with FAIR — attacks that infuriated Kobach. (Kobach has never publicly addressed the controversial aspects of FAIR.)…”
Mark Levin wrote the following about Media Matters of America – and the Soros funding:
From The Globe and Mail
Richard Mellon Scaife
Frank Rich wrote:
“...Tea Partiers may share the Kochs’ detestation of taxes, big government and Obama. But there’s a difference between mainstream conservatism and a fringe agenda that tilts completely toward big business, whether on Wall Street or in the Gulf of Mexico, while dismantling fundamental government safety nets designed to protect the unemployed, public health, workplace safety and the subsistence of the elderly.
Yet inexorably the Koch agenda is morphing into the G.O.P. agenda, as articulated by current Republican members of Congress, including the putative next speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Tea Party Senate candidates like Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and the new kid on the block, Alaska’s anti-Medicaid, anti-unemployment insurance Palin protégé, Joe Miller. Their program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the superrich; apologizes to corporate malefactors like BP and derides money put in escrow for oil spill victims as a “slush fund”; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical and even egg industries (among others) have been outrageous.
The Koch brothers must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests. And surely Murdoch is snickering at those protesting the “ground zero mosque.” Last week on “Fox and Friends,” the Bush administration flacks Dan Senor and Dana Perino attacked a supposedly terrorism-tainted Saudi prince whose foundation might contribute to the Islamic center. But as “The Daily Show” keeps pointing out, these Fox bloviators never acknowledge that the evil prince they’re bashing, Walid bin Talal, is not only the biggest non-Murdoch shareholder in Fox News’s parent company (he owns 7 percent of News Corporation) and the recipient of Murdoch mammoth investments in Saudi Arabia but also the subject of lionization elsewhere on Fox….”