NJDC Demands Perry, Others Return 'Iran-Tainted' Koch Donations


As much as the Koch brothers would like this story to go away--and the corporate media does appear to be helping them--I have some hope that it might not be that easy:

Following the disturbing revelations reported in today’s Bloomberg article “Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales”-and the fact that the company’s political action committee gave $50,000 to Texas Governor Rick Perry and donated to Representative Michele Bachmann in the past as well-the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) today called upon all Republican presidential candidates as well as the GOP national party committees to return any past Koch Brothers donations immediately, and directly address exactly where they stand on trading with Iran. “It’s shocking, dangerous and hypocritical in the extreme for the Republican Party and national GOP figures to be courting the Koch Brothers and their money while those funds were obtained in part by ‘thwarting a U.S. trade ban’ on Iran, to use Bloomberg’s words,” said NJDC President and CEO David A. Harris. [..]

“Assuming they don’t approve of sidestepping U.S. laws barring trade with Iran, the GOP presidential candidates who have received Koch Brothers donations, candidates who are seeking their support, and the RNC and the Republican Party Committees must do two things immediately. First, they must return any KochPAC funds previously received. Second, they must state clearly where they stand on circumventing U.S. laws banning trade with Iran, as Koch Industries clearly has -and they must speak out vociferously condemning Koch’s profoundly damaging activities."

I love it. I think each and every Republican candidate should be confronted and take a stand clearly over whether they agree with the Koch brothers' actions and willing to accept these funds or not. Let their party see exactly how craven and above-the-law they think they are.


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