Campaign Spending

Debt-Laden Dealer

Scott Walker has begun selling access to his email list to pay off his leftover presidential debt, renting out the email addresses of hundreds of thousands of supporters to former rivals, including Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. The solicitations arrive as if Walker’s donors magically landed on the lists of his old foes, as they plead for cash for themselves, linking to their own campaign sites.

But there’s a catch.

While it never says so in the emails from his old foes, or anywhere, the money that donors give isn’t necessarily all going to whichever smiling candidate is pictured on the site and writing the email. That is because Walker’s committee has struck secret deals with at least some of his old competitors to split the proceeds — unbeknown to those doing the giving.

Via Inside the 2016 black market for donor emails @ POLITICO.



Charles Koch misled CBS when he suggested that the Kochs’ political spending is publicly disclosed.

On October 11, the elder Koch brother gave a rare interview to CBS Sunday Morning. Reporter Anthony Mason asked, “Do you think it’s good for the political system that so much what’s called ‘dark money’ is flowing into the process now?”

Koch replied: “First of all, what I give isn’t ‘dark.’ What I give politically, that’s all reported. It’s either to PACs or to candidates. And what I give to my foundations is all public information.”

This is untrue, according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy last year.

In addition to the hundreds of millions flowing into politics by way of the Kochs’ network of foundations and funding vehicles like Freedom Partners, funds from the corporate treasury of Koch Industries–the second-largest privately held company in the world–flow into politics, and Charles’ brother David is known to have written millions of dollars in personal checks to political groups each year.

None of this spending is publicly disclosed….

Via No, the Kochs’ Political Spending Is Not “Reported” @ PRWatch.

‘We had a revenue problem.’