Ken Vogel writes in Politico this morning that, “An increasingly bitter personal rift between billionaires T. Boone Pickens and Charles and David Koch has morphed into an expensive political battle that is testing the commitment of House Republicans to the tea party principles many of them have publicly embraced.”
It’s a good article about how a food fight between billionaires is playing out in Congress, but one part in particular stuck out: a number of House members received money from Koch Industries PAC within weeks of pulling their support from a natural gas bill opposed...by Koch Industries.
From the story:
"Six days later, [Rep Joe] Pitts accepted a $1,000 check from Koch PAC — part of a total of $14,000 that the PAC gave six House Republicans in the weeks after they pulled their co-sponsorships of the bill. In all, the political action committee of Koch Industries, the oil and chemical company owned by the libertarian-leaning Koch brothers has given $117,000 to Republican lawmakers who are — or have been — associated with the bill — including, it should be noted, $45,000 to 17 current co-sponsors after they added their names as co-sponsors to the bill. Other Republicans who accepted four-figure checks from Koch PAC soon after dropping off the bill included Reps. Blake Farenthold of Texas, Tim Griffin of Arkansas, John Kline of Minnesota, Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Glen Thompson of Pennsylvania."
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
Or, as my colleague noted on our report with the League of Conservation Voters on oil companies almost exclusively supporting members that voted to keep wasteful taxpayer subsidies for oil in place, “quid pro whoa!”