"I really need to stop saying, “Republicans can’t get much more ridiculous than (fill in the blank)” when writing some of my articles, because Republicans always seem determined to prove me wrong. And it’s happened once again.
Now I fully expected a lot of outlandish anti-Obamacare rhetoric coming from conservatives as they face the glaring reality they can no longer deny—the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.
"Today, the Koch-funded "Freedom Partners," which secretly distributed $250 million during the 2012 election season, posted its first federal tax report which uncloaked several Koch-related entities that were previously unknown. Last week, Politico broke the news of the existence of this group. Today, new details of the group's spending are available for the first time.
"Back in 2011, Charles Koch held his annual meeting with donors to strategize for the 2012 elections. You might recall the audio recording we published from that meeting where he compared President Obama to Saddam Hussein, and congratulated the members in the room who had donated a million dollars or more to his efforts to buy the United States government.
"An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.
The group, Freedom Partners, and its president, Marc Short, serve as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.
The GOP-led Florida House of Representatives passed a bill last night that would prohibit local governments in the state from implementing laws that extend paid sick leave benefits to workers. The bill is similar to others backed by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
ALEC and Florida’s anti-sick leave bill have a considerable amount of corporate support.
"Today kicks off the two-day Defending the American Dream Summit, a Florida confab hosted by the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Foundation (David Koch is chairman of the board, helped start the group and is reportedly its largest funder), which will feature a slew of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.