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‘Dear Koch Brothers, We Aren’t Going Anywhere’: New memo splits Dems

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Democrat donors Tom Steyer, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg.

Democrats, led by outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, plan to continue the strategy of attacking the Koch brothers despite its failure in the midterms on Tuesday.

While many Republicans and Democrats denounced the game plan in light of the election results, Reid told operatives close to him that he planned to continue the strategy, Politico reported.

Big money liberal groups also signaled that they were all in on continuing the failed plan. In a memo titled “Dear Koch Brothers: We Aren’t Going Anywhere,” written and distributed by David Brock, founder of liberal watchdog group Media Matters, and obtained by Politico, he wrote it was important to continue the attacks now that Republicans have the power in the Senate.

“This will be easier now that they are in power, ” Brock wrote.“Our efforts will continue, because the alternative — staying quiet as these secretive billionaires pour hundreds of millions into politics to further their own bottom line — is impossible. … We’re going to dig deeper into their business in states that are key to 2016 — at the presidential, Senate and gubernatorial levels.”

While the Democrats look to make the Koch brothers the evil, rich bad guys they need to check their own backyard.

Climate change promoter and Democrat donator Tom Steyer was the single biggest contributor to campaigns during the 2014 midterms, pouring over $73 million into Democrat campaigns nationwide according to the http://www.alipac.us.

The Democrats also didn’t complain about the big money contributed by Michael Bloomberg ($20 million), Fred Eychaner ($7.9 Million) or George Soros ($3.56 million).

However, the anti-Koch propaganda has gotten the ire of some Democrats who believe it is a fruitless effort.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. expressed his distaste for such attacks.

“People want jobs. You don’t beat up people. I mean, I don’t agree with their politics or philosophically, but, you know, they’re Americans, they’re doing— paying their taxes,” he said “They’re not breaking the law. They’re providing jobs,”

“Right, wrong or indifferent, whether you like the politicians, or not,” Manchin said. There’s people who don’t like the extreme Democrat politics or extreme Republican politics, we got to start being Americans again.”

Thomas Mills, a Democratic strategist from North Carolina expressed a similar sentiment to Politico.

“It’s utterly ineffective. Elections have to be about voters and what candidates will do for them,” he said “And this strategy is more about the candidates. It says, ‘Look at me! Help me — they are spending money against me.’ There’s no connection between that and voters.”

Nothing like hypocrisy to lick your wounds from a thrashing.

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Carmine Sabia

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