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Watch: Scott Brown Asks David Koch For Campaign Cash


Politicians often cite fundraising as the worst part of their job, and this footage of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) asking billionaire conservative financier David Koch for a contribution shows why:

BROWN: Your support during the election, it meant a, it meant a ton. It made a, it made a difference and I can certainly use it again. Obviously, the uh . . .

KOCH: When are you running, uh, for the next term?

BROWN: ’12.

KOCH: Oh, okay.

BROWN: I’m in the cycle, I’m in the cycle right now. We’re already banging away. But you guys should all be very proud. I mean this is amazing. I’ve actually taken the tour and uh just the things you aim to attack this issue is, is huge.

Awkward! Koch doesn't even seem recognize the brown-nosing Brown, but if he did, he would realize that the Tea Party has targeted the Senator for his "moderate" votes, like supporting DADT's repeal, a fact that will probably dissuade Koch, because he and his equally rich brother only give money to the most conservative politicos in the field.

Watch the exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

Video via ThinkProgress

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  1. Well, if Koch needs more convincing on Scott Brown's homophobia bona fides, Brown should just remind him that he was an aggressive opponent of marriage equality and other gay rights inititatives while a member of the Massachusetts state legislature, that he continues to support DOMA, that he once referred to a lesbian colleague's family as "not normal" and that he voted against DADT repeal three times last year before finally acting in his own political self-interest in a state where repeal has overwhelming support.

    Posted by: Patric | Mar 7, 2011 2:11:05 PM

  2. Welcome to the United States of KOCH

    Posted by: Kwvzin | Mar 7, 2011 2:15:52 PM

  3. This will be good material for Brown's '12 opponent. It'll probably be the best/only chance for a Dem pick up in the '12 senate election

    Posted by: Mike C. | Mar 7, 2011 2:19:52 PM

  4. Billionaire Koch living in the heads of left-wingers is very upset at Scott Brown for repealing DADT. Real David Koch, the one who supports gay marriage (google it, I cannot post a link), is unlikely to have a problem with repealing DADT at all. Of course, this should not prevent anyone from staying in their imaginary world.

    Posted by: AG | Mar 7, 2011 2:30:43 PM

  5. I'll donate to Scott Brown!

    As soon as he does the full monty in Playgirl or bottoms for Matthew Rush or Erik Rhodes on MenOver30.com.

    (Okay, Erik doesn't turn thirty until next February, but I can wait!!)

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Mar 7, 2011 2:34:55 PM

  6. ...this should be required viewing for all Log Cabin Republicans and their admirerers.

    Posted by: Chriss | Mar 7, 2011 2:45:19 PM

  7. All politicians must do must do this. Scott Brown is not unique, and he's FAR from being far-right. He's conservative by Massachusetts standards, which isn't saying very much.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 7, 2011 3:00:09 PM

  8. Sorry folks, but you should research matters and not just repeat progressive talking points. David Koch is not anti-gay. His oldest brother is gay. Nor he is particularly religious and is the funder of the Smithsonian's new evolution section. In addition his largest political contribution was $20 million to the ACLU. This is the sort of sloppy reporting that happens when people stupidly confuse libertarians like Koch with conservatives. David Koch ran on a pro-gay rights platform in the 1980 election, while Democrats were still timid about the issue.

    Posted by: James Peron | Mar 7, 2011 3:12:59 PM

  9. Yep, this is another instance of people lumping all "conservatives" together and not doing a shred of personal research. The Kochs are the country's biggest (and, its true, richest) libertarians and are not at all anti-gay. They don't believe in the government regulation of marriage, and indeed have gay relatives, employees, and beneficiaries. One of the biggest problems with political dialogue in this country is that it's boiled down to an "us vs. them" dyad which is completely artificial and exists only to serve lazy minds. Some people (like the Kochs) have more nuanced thinking (part of the reason for their success).

    Posted by: Wil | Mar 7, 2011 3:36:35 PM

  10. In any other democracy, a billionaire who finances politicians who then vote to reduce that billionaire's taxes would be called what it is: corruption.

    I don't give a damn about what his views are about gay people -- though it is refreshing to have a super-rich conservative not dump on us for a change -- but I do care about his donations that are aimed for his personal gain.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 7, 2011 3:38:54 PM

  11. "and are not at all anti-gay"

    The politicians they support are virtually all deeply anti-gay. Oh, but it's just a "coincidence", so no need to worry about their influence...

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 7, 2011 3:42:44 PM

  12. After watching this video, I've decided that a Brown-Koch pairing sounds kind of disgusting, double entendre or not.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 7, 2011 4:07:18 PM

  13. So he's ok because he's not anti-gay? What about the collateral damage we suffer because of his quest to destroy the middle class, is it ok to despise him for that?

    Posted by: realitythink | Mar 7, 2011 4:07:36 PM

  14. And since when does having a gay family member automatically make you gay friendly?

    Posted by: realitythink | Mar 7, 2011 4:08:57 PM

  15. Kochs aren't anti-gay. They are for ending the drug war too. It's called libertarianism. You may oppose it, but in America we get to advocate for what we believe in. And no one is forcing you to agree. Why the Kochs have become the latest lefty bogeymen is beyond me -- they've been supporting libertarian causes for many decades.

    @BOBN -- The idea that you can't support a politician with which you substantially agree, except on gay issues, is IDIOTIC. No political coalition, no piece of legislation, nothing would move forward with these antiseptic standards.There are many Democrats who hold deeply anti-gay positions; are people who fund them anti-gay too?

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 7, 2011 4:10:26 PM

  16. It is ok - wanna-be elitists like Scott Brown love kissing the ass of wealthy men to back their efforts.

    It is the American way.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Mar 7, 2011 4:27:03 PM

  17. It's not often that you catch video of a Republican asking for koch up his ass.

    Posted by: kansastock | Mar 7, 2011 4:48:54 PM

  18. "because he and his equally rich brother only give money to the most conservative politicos in the field."

    Forget about the Koches being pro-gay (which they are), but they're also pro-pot! Oh, and they want to cut defense spending.

    If these are the sorts of people liberals are attacking, then there is no reason for libertarians or independents to work with them, ever.

    In conclusion:

    Conservatives = Huge tent
    Liberals = A tent for one

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Mar 7, 2011 5:02:32 PM

  19. "The idea that you can't support a politician with which you substantially agree, except on gay issues, is IDIOTIC."

    What's IDIOTIC is accepting the influence of $$$$$ directly funnelled into elections by the rich FOR the rich. The Kochs can fund all the "think tanks" they want, publish all the crap they want, but when individuals pay money to elect politicians who then DIRECTLY BENEFIT THOSE VERY SAME INDIVIDUALS, it's corruption. And supporting corruption is IDIOTIC.

    It's also IDIOTIC to support people who you agree with when the vast majority of the people who support them and whom they support are OUT TO GET YOU.

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 7, 2011 5:54:29 PM

  20. Liberals (like myself) don't like the Koch bros. because of their economic policies, for the think tanks they fund, for the polititians they elect, etc

    Posted by: ravewulf | Mar 8, 2011 10:39:57 AM

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