Wednesday, October 05, 2011
New Mexicans: Urge Governor Martinez and GOP Politicians to Return Contributions from Corrupt Koch Brothers
Guess who received campaign "donations" from business interests that secretly sold petrochemical equipment to terrorism-sponsor Iran?
- New Mexico's right-wing Governor Susana Martinez ($10,000)
- NM-2 Congressman Steve. Pearce ($10,0000)
- NM Republicans ($5,000)
New Mexicans should start calling for politicians who have accepted contributions from Koch Industries -- and their political arm KOCHPAC -- to return the money or donate it to charity ASAP. Of course you have to wonder why these Republicans need to be urged to return the tainted money. Have they no consciences of their own?
A Bloomberg investigation revealed Sunday that Koch businesses, owned by conservative activists David and Charles Koch, circumvented US trade embargos to sell millions of dollars worth of petrochemical equipment to Iran. Iran is one of four countries designated by the U.S. State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism.
In a 2009 report, the State Department called Iran the most active state sponsor of terrorism, stating “Iran’s financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia had a direct impact on international efforts to promote peace, threatened economic stability in the Gulf and undermined the growth of democracy.”
Of course well before the latest revelations about the Koch brothers emerged, they had a horrible reputation as greedy, crooked, obsessed right-wing operators who have little respect for the law or for the facts. They only care about one thing: protecting and expanding their already massive financial empire. And they're ready, willing and able to buy off politicos, launch underhanded attacks on unions and teachers, fund astro-turf political organizations or do whatever else they can conjure -- legal or not -- to do just that. I guess Martinez, Pearce and others in the GOP political machine just hadn't noticed all that scum on the Koch brothers pond of "donation" money.
According to New Mexico Secretary of State election filings, Koch Industries and their political action committee KOCHPAC donated $10,000 to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and another $5,000 to the Republican Campaign Committee of New Mexico in the final days of the 2010 election. Records show that the Republican committee provided polling, fundraising, direct mail, postage and direct contributions to unidentified state candidates and county political parties through at least 27 different transactions after receiving Koch money.
Martinez has since started her own PAC, known as SusanaPac, with $5,000 transferred from the same campaign account Koch money entered.
Congressman Steve Pearce (NM-2), also received $10,000 from Koch Industries in his 2010 campaign.
Meanwhile, Koch Industries has circumvented U.S. law to make money off of business dealings with a terrorist-supporting foreign country. They're a patriotic bunch, aren't they?
That dirty money has been funneled into New Mexico's Roundhouse and Republican establishment and should be returned or donated to charities doing real work to move New Mexico forward. New Mexico's right-wing politicians have no business taking money from companies or individuals that do business with terrorist-supporting Iran. Every Republican who benefited from the Koch's illegal profiteering should immediately denounce this, but I won't hold my breath. Money is money and where it comes from doesn't seem to bother NM right-wing politios one iota.
Or you could read the these 3 links and get the real and whole story:
Posted by: Paul Lindsey | Oct 5, 2011 2:59:53 PM
We can always count on Paul L. to come over here with right wing links he apparently finds and copies into threads all over the web. Yeah, the Koch brothers run a highly ethical shop. Tell me another fairy tale.
Posted by: Sean | Oct 5, 2011 4:45:19 PM
"Tell me another fairy tale."
Okay, how about this one: Renewable energies can provide all of society's energy needs in the foreseeable future.
According to Dr. Jim Hansen, this statement is the equivalent of believing in the easter bunny and the tooth fairy.
BTW, unless someone is posting in my name somewhere else on the web, I have only posted those 3 links (individually or in combination, in any form) here, but you can believe in what you want to, including fairy tales.
Posted by: Paul Lindsey | Oct 5, 2011 6:03:48 PM
When Martinez accepted $450,000.00 from Texan Perry, who financed the despicable Swift Boat Campaign, I knew all I needed to about her.
Posted by: NMGladiator | Oct 6, 2011 7:27:29 AM
The Koch donation to Martinez is pretty small. However, there are a number of PACs and other organizations that can funnel quite a lot of money into Republican candidacies in New Mexico.
Perry gave famously a half a million to Martinez, but also has a history of giving large amounts to New Mexico candidates.
The whole picture needs to be investigated. The money that people are used to seeing in statewide races could really be overwhelmed by Republican campaign contributions from Texas and from various national sources.
Posted by: Stuart Heady | Oct 7, 2011 6:44:46 PM