The Obama campaign Koch brothers obsession

Erick Erickson:
Georgia-Pacific makes a lot of household paper products. Quilted Northern toilet paper, Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Vanity Fair napkins, etc. If you use any of them, Barack Obama wants you to report yourself to the government. No, I’m not making this up.
On twitter last night, whoever the idiot is who runs the President’s twitter feed (I assume it is not him), put up this tweet reading:
Add your name to demand that the Koch brothers make their donors public: http://OFA.BO/mfLtZX
Now, I know the President is pretty clueless about the free market system, but I did not realize he was that clueless. The Koch Brothers make their money by providing goods and services within the free market. Their donors are actually customers buying products. That’s how they got their money. And in Barack Obama’s America, it is increasingly hard to do in the private sector.
In truth, I have no doubt the President really wants to target for harassment those people contributing to political groups organized by the Koch Brothers. You are willfully naive if you think that won’t happen. Look what happened to so many who contributed to Proposition 8 in California. Look at the labor union goons who show up at people’s houses to harass them and their families.
It is not disclosure the President wants. It is a list of names his supporters can intimidate and harass.
In the 2008 campaign, the President’s campaign intentionally turned off the safeguards to his online donations form — the safeguards used to make sure his campaign complied with federal law accepting campaign donations. Because those safeguard were out, foreign citizens outside the country were able to donate to the President’s campaign. Small donors are not disclosed.
Actually the Supreme Court has ruled that organizations like Americans for Prosperity do not have to release the names of their donors.  They did so in the context of civil rights organizations, but the legal principal has been established.  What these unreasonable demands tell you is that this administration is made up of people who really fear their political opposition.


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