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Intro: "Ending a mystery that captivated the run-up to Election Day, the Arizona group behind an anonymous $11 million donation revealed under court order Monday that the shadowy donation was laundered through two groups, including one tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country."

Screen grab of the Koch Brothers from Robert Greenwald's 'Koch Brothers Exposed.' (photo: Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films)
Screen grab of the Koch Brothers from Robert Greenwald's 'Koch Brothers Exposed.' (photo: Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films)


$11 Million Donation Tied to Koch Brothers; Calif. Agency Alleges 'Money Laundering'

By Steve Harmon, McClatchy News

06 November 12

 

nding a mystery that captivated the run-up to Election Day, the Arizona group behind an anonymous $11 million donation revealed under court order Monday that the shadowy donation was laundered through two groups, including one tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played a huge role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country.

The donation, the largest anonymous contribution to a ballot measure campaign in California history, was made to the Small Business Action Committee, a conservative group running a campaign for Proposition 32, the measure that would curb labor's ability to collect political cash, and against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike initiative.

"This isn't going to stop here," said Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, the state's political watchdog. "They admitted to money laundering. We agreed to do this without an audit because we wanted to get information to the public before the election. But we in no way agreed this would preclude further action."

Ravel said Phoenix-based Americans for Responsible Leadership conceded it was the intermediary and not the true source of the contribution. The true source was Americans for Job Security and was made through a second intermediary, the Center to Protect Patient Rights, she said.

Since the late 1990s, Americans for Job Security has been described by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics as "pro-Republican," "pro-business" and "established to directly counter labor's influence."

The Center to Protect Patient Rights is run by Sean Noble, an operative of the Koch brothers. Noble admitted to the FPPC that the Center to Protect Patient Rights received $11 million from Americans for Job Security.

The admission of money laundering is a misdemeanor, but a conspiracy to commit money laundering is a felony.

The revelation came after a 7-0 decision by the state Supreme Court on Sunday ordering attorneys for Americans For Responsible Leadership to immediately hand over documents related to the $11 million donation to the California business PAC.

After turning to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking another delay, attorneys backed down. Rather than hand over all communications, however, they settled on providing the name of the group that provided the money.

"The persistence and hard work of the FPPC has won a significant and lasting victory for transparency in the political process," Ravel said. "We will continue in this matter and all others to ensure that the people of California know who is funding political activity in this state."

The Arizona group is a 501(c)4 nonprofit advocacy organization, which under IRS rules does not have to reveal donors' names. These groups have become prominent in this election cycle as hundreds of millions of dollars in political cash was unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in campaigns.

As corporations and wealthy individuals became more involved, they have sought to keep their names concealed and have found the nonprofit groups an effective conduit to wielding influence without the potential backlash from consumers. They have spent one-fourth of all campaign cash this year, according to ProPublica, an independent investigative group.

 

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+63 # Onterryo 2012-11-06 10:26
This is sickening...not just because it happened but because they were able to delay the revelation until voting day. Email everyone..let voters know what happened here!!
 
 
+58 # Street Level 2012-11-06 11:01
I agree. People in California have this sheeple idea that things like Citizens United won't effect us because we're not a swing state. Wake Up. No state is exempt from getting screwed with in one way or another.
 
 
+28 # HowardMH 2012-11-06 12:45
Voters hell. Until there are two hundred thousand really, really pissed off people on Capital Hill (all at the same time – with base ball bats, 2 x 4s) raising some serious hell against the Lunatics, absolutely nothing is ever, ever going to happen to these totally bought and paid for by the richest 50 people in the world that are becoming more and more powerful with each passing rigged election thanks to the stupid people.
 
 
+32 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-06 10:44
Unfortunately, there will be a 'fall guy' and a wrist-slap fine; will it change the landscape?
 
 
+51 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-06 10:47
If the basis for this revelation is true - government MUST find a way to indict ALL responsible and related parties to the criminal activities described, including, if found to be involved, the Koch brothers. These kinds of hidden, clandestine, miscreant behaviors have ruined our democratic processes - and the US Supreme Court and their ruling of a corporation having the same rights as a person is largely to blame.
 
 
+2 # bmiluski 2012-11-06 12:41
It won't matter. The repugs are going to steal the election anyway with those non-paper trail electronic voting machines.
 
 
+19 # X Dane 2012-11-06 14:47
MainStreetMentor.

That is one of the MOST IMPORTANT reasons for Obama's re-election, We have a chance to stop these insane reactionary decisions from the Supreme Court.

With 2 ore more reasonable judges, we have a chance to get fair decisions. So I am going to be holding my breath today.
 
 
+3 # Walhalla 2012-11-07 11:04
government MUST find a way to indict ALL responsible and related parties to the criminal activities described,
MSM:
How about requiring “social welfare” groups that provide “public education”, more commonly known by their tax status 501(c)(4.to idendify their donors? It's a start.
 
 
+48 # Barbara K 2012-11-06 11:05
People doing this crap need to spend some time in prison and pay fines equal to the money they gave out. The fines can go into the US Treasury. Well, wouldn't it be justifiable to have these jerks help with the US budget?
 
 
+47 # Third_stone 2012-11-06 11:34
People who tamper with the vote should do hard time in overcrowded prisons. Fines are meaningless to the Koch kind.
 
 
+41 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-11-06 11:55
And when they finally arrest,prosecut e, and try these soulless, sinister, serpents, FREEZE THEIR ASSETS (same as they do with busted drug kingpins) and let them rely on public defenders! PAY THE FINES & GIVE THE REST BACK TO those they stole from, in the first place!
 
 
+12 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-11-06 15:09
Don't freeze the assets: SEIZE the assets.
 
 
+20 # Pancho 2012-11-06 12:22
The Republicans are stealing the election and the Supreme Court provided the getaway car.
 
 
+26 # luvdoc 2012-11-06 12:45
Hey folks, lets stop this crap and get behind 'Move to Amend' Citizens United. Eleven states have. Google Move to Amend. luvdoc
 
 
+21 # zonaman 2012-11-06 12:55
This is the real face of the New & 'improved' GOP....what a pile of horse-pucky the Tea-Brains have built.
 
 
+16 # reiverpacific 2012-11-06 14:00
Typical cowardly, shadowy Rove-like assault on what freedoms remain to we of the riff-raff.
Remember how, at the RNC convention, Amy Goodman was hustled away by a sudden phalanx of suited Goons when she tried to get close enough to one of the "Doo-doo" bro's to ask a few questions?
That's their world, all for one -and the ones are us".
They should be stripped of their pollutive and divisive citizenships and deported to the Bush compound in Paraguay, the new born-again criminal haven, once of many Nazis in Stroessner's time, now the last refuge of the Dimwits crowd and perhaps Henry Kissinger in his dotage.
 
 
+12 # Billsy 2012-11-06 14:40
As our elections grow more divisive and ugly it's clear that not only do we need a constitutional amendment to eliminate private donations from public campaigns, but we need a comprehensive change to the way in which we conduct campaigns and a limit to their very length. The ONLY folks who've profited from our dysfunctional system (aside from those investing in it like the Koch's ) are the TV networks and stations running campaign ads.
We need a system which guarantees qualifying candidates equal opportunity to make their campaign platforms public, well moderated debates open to ALL candidates, a fairness doctrine on tv time and a finite limit on the amount of time the campaigns run. Eliminating the electoral college would be a plus as our candidates need to campaign before ALL voters, not just those located in target states. Anything less insures a continuation of this nonsense.
 
 
+9 # independentmind 2012-11-06 15:45
Good for California for following up and through!
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-11-06 16:10
It is tooo bad those two Inbreds didn't donate that money to all the disaster relief funds. Ooh they did to a point but I am talking about being Humane.

I believe in spaying and neutering and these two poster boys are why! I have my own list of others who should have been.
 
 
+7 # Doll 2012-11-06 16:37
Is it just me, or does the above picture of the Koch brothers look like zombies?
 
 
+5 # in deo veritas 2012-11-06 17:34
More like bloodsucking vampires.
 
 
+1 # robniel 2012-11-07 09:06
Quoting Doll:
Is it just me, or does the above picture of the Koch brothers look like zombies?


Fools and their money are soon parted.
 
 
+5 # in deo veritas 2012-11-06 17:33
If put in prison it should be at Gitmo or one of the places operated for the CIA in other countries. These bastards are more like traitors than mere criminals as they despise the Constitution and everything else that a democracy stands for. They have the ethics of the Koches in the Third Reich.
 
 
+5 # sapereaudeprime 2012-11-06 18:56
If these men are not either imprisoned or executed, they will destroy this country.
 
 
+1 # wrknight 2012-11-07 12:28
It's now after the fact and the Repugs lost. For me, the most astounding piece of news was not that they lost, but that in spite of all the money spent by Repugs to promote their puppets, both Romney and Ryan failed to carry their own home states. I think that might be a first in the history of this country.

Think about it. If a candidate can't even win the support of his own home state, why the hell should anyone else vote for him?
 
 
+1 # kelly 2012-11-08 05:52
Not a first. I worked for a campaign in 1971 and 1972 where that happened. The candidate was George McGovern and the only state he carried was Mass.
 

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