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DSCC Blasts Koch Money, Takes Koch Money

3:52 PM, Sep 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee blasts Carly Fiorina today for taking Koch money (emphasis added): 

California: Carly Fiorina is hoping that by attacking Barbara Boxer, Californians will forget about her failed leadership of HP. Fiorina laid off 30,000 workers and was the outsourcing queen, saying: "perhaps the work needs to be done somewhere else." Fiorina tripled her salary and bought a $1 million yacht and five corporate jets. Fiorina has yet to explain how an HP subsidiary sidestepped the law to sell printers to Iran during her tenure. Tea Party megadonor Koch Industries must have been impressed, because its leaders just hosted a Washington fundraiser for Fiorina. Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity said the Koch brothers "have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation and obfuscation," and that "they are the Standard Oil of our times." Koch Industries was named among the nation's top 10 polluters and is funding Proposition 23, which would suspend California's air pollution control laws. Boxer has been leading slightly in the polls, but Fiorina's sure to dip into her cushy $42 million golden parachute as the election nears.

Ah, the evil Koch brothers. It seems like the Democrats have really found their target. As John McCormack has written, top Democrats from Austan Goolsbee and Chris Van Hollen to Jimmy Carter and even Obama himself are doing their best to turn the Kochs into right-wing bogeymen and scare-off other potential corporate donors from funding the opposition to the Democrats. And so today the attacks on the Koch brothers continue, by saying that they support the Tea Parties, pollution, and Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina.

But this election cycle, Koch has given at least $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the DSCC has accepted the money. (That, by the way, is the same amount given the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.)

Additionally, Koch PAC, the political wing of Koch Industries, has contributed at least $25,000 to Senate Democratic campaigns, and at least $60,000 to Senate Democratic PACs.

Carly Fiorina's spokeswoman Andrea Saul responded in an email to the DSCC's attack: “Barbara Boxer and her cronies’ hypocrisy has reached new heights in Washington, DC.  Instead of lobbing baseless attacks at Carly, who is beholden to no one, Boxer and friends should start explaining to the voters of California why they have done nothing to deliver jobs to the state but rather have focused on repaying their special interests buddies for their decades of support.”

It remains to be seen whether the DSCC will return the Koch money. The DSCC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

In other news about the Kochs and their enemies: White House spin doctor David Axelrod has an op-ed in today's Washington Post blasting organizations such as Koch Industries for their participation in the American political process. As Ben Smith smartly notes here, this is exactly how Axelrod put bread on his table before he was in the White House.

But here's the real question about the DSCC and Axelrod: We're 40 days until Election Day on November 2, and all these Democrats can focus on is Koch? 

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