Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Koch Brothers Help Shape Arizona Politics

The Koch brothers are bankrolling the assault on unions in Wisconsin, as detailed in the New York Times and elsewhere.  The billionaire brothers David and Charles, who own the oil and consumer-products conglomerate Koch Industries, are also major players in Arizona – through campaign contributions by the Koch Political Action Committee and underwriting the anti-tax Americans for Prosperity institute, which has an influential Arizona chapter that is closely allied with the state’s tea partiers.

Among the state’s congressional delegation who have received KOCHPAC support in the last three election cycles are Senators John Kyl and John McCain and U.S. Representatives Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, and David Schweikert, and John Shadegg (retired 2010). In the 2010 electoral campaign, KOCHPAC backed the failed bid of Tea Party Republican Jesse Kelly against incumbent Gabrielle Giffords, as well as Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, who replaced Shadegg.

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