On Monday, Public Campaign Action Fund reported that a super PAC created to help re-elect Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was funded almost entirely by a company controlled by energy industry billionaire Bill Koch, the brother of billionaires Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries.
Sen. Brown’s third-quarter fundraising report, just filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), shows that financial support for the Massachusetts Republican runs in the family.
David Koch and his wife Julia maxed out to Brown’s campaign committee in August, each giving $5,000 (report images below).
Brown has a history with David Koch. In 2011, after winning the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Brown was caught on tape telling Mr. Koch, “Your support during the election, it meant a ton. It made a difference and I can certainly use it again.”
Koch Industries PAC has also given $10,000 to Brown this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
While a pact between Brown and her opponent Democrat Elizabeth Warren have kept outside groups off the airwaves, groups have been spending money in other ways to support their preferred candidates, including Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform. Those two groups aren’t required to disclose their donors, but as Huffington Post’s Peter Stone reported last Summer, they are likely beneficiaries of the millions in cash the Koch’s planned to spend on the 2012 election.
U.S. Senate candidates, unlike their House counterparts, are not required to file their fundraising reports electronically. You can view Brown’s full 3,064 page report here (pdf).