- The backlash against the Kochs' influence in Wisconsin is gaining steam, with labor supporters starting to boycott Koch Industries' many products (listed here).
- Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money
- Scott Walker to 'Koch Caller': Thanks for All the Support
Lauren Kelley, AlterNet
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Over the past few weeks, the billionaire Koch brothers and their front groups have steadily increased their involvement in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's efforts to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights. The Kochs' outsized wealth and influence are forces to be reckoned with; that's why we should all be grateful that a Koch backlash, including a boycott of Koch Industries' products, has started picking up steam.
AlterNet has been keeping a close eye on the Koch-financed support for Walker's anti-union campaign. As we reported last week (Feb 20-26), Walker is deep in the pocket of the Kochs, having received some $43,000 from Koch Industries while running for governor in 2010. Once Walker was elected, he made sure to take care of his friends/financiers, giving out massive tax breaks to Koch Industries, and more recently, launching the ongoing effort to quash Wisconsin union workers' rights.
Scott Walker Runs on Koch Money, Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy
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Scott Walker to 'Koch Caller': Thanks for All the Support, John Nichols, Nation Magazine
- "Koch": [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.
- Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. [Author note: ethical violation much?] Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…
- "Koch": Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]