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Not that I feel sorry for them, but it's got to be frustrating to be one of those Republican mega-donors who spends millions of dollars on Super PACs like Karl Rove's only to see your chosen candidates lose election after election. But instead of getting discouraged about politics, apparently those donors have decided to double down, steering their money away from the usual suspects like Karl Rove and instead creating their own shops or giving to political groups created by mega-donors like the Koch brothers:
Donors like Paul Singer, the billionaire Republican investor, have expanded their in-house political shops, building teams of loyal advisers and researchers to guide and coordinate their giving. And some of the biggest contributors to Republican outside groups in 2012 are now gravitating toward the more donor-centric political and philanthropic network overseen by Charles and David Koch, who have wooed them in part by promising more accountability over how money is spent.
Singer's operation is raising money for candidates they choose, instead of following recommendations from the RNC, and candidates are taking note:
Those candidates — Representative Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Dan Sullivan, a former Alaska attorney general — all appeared at a private meeting of Mr. Singer’s group in Aspen, Colo., on Friday and Saturday. So did Elise Stefanik, who is running for an upstate New York congressional seat and whom many of the donors regard as an up-and-comer who can help broaden the party’s appeal to women.
So after losing an election in 2012 in large part because Republicans were seen as out-of-touch clowns who say things behind closed doors like what Mitt Romney said on the 47 percent video, Republican mega-donors have decided that the solution is to pour more money into 2014 and demand even greater access to candidates and control over the process. What could possibly go wrong?

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  •  I'm sure a number of these rich cranks.... (7+ / 0-)
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    will frame their message the same way Mr. Burns of The Simpsons would

  •  So Paul Singer wishes he was in the land of (5+ / 0-)
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    Cotton?

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:06:01 PM PST

  •  Fuck these people. (9+ / 0-)

    Sorry for the lack of nuanced, thoughtful commentary, but this is always my first thought upon hearing such things.

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:07:52 PM PST

  •  So, they're dividing their forces.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Does the word Custer mean anything to them?

    ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

    by NevDem on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:12:20 PM PST

  •  You mean once they are bought (6+ / 0-)

    They want them to stay bought?

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:12:30 PM PST

  •  What could possibly go wrong? (9+ / 0-)

    Potentially dozens of Billionaires and near-Billionaires, each with their own unique "highest priority", usually themselves.

    And bonus: most of them will suddenly be "experts" on political tactics.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:16:55 PM PST

  •  NO NO NO NO (4+ / 0-)
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    You mean double or nothing, not double down. You double down from a position of strength, when you have 11 and the dealer shows 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6. The reason you double down is because when you have 11 with these cards showing the odds are dramatically in your favor, which is rare in a casino. You go double or nothing when you are desperate. And even if you win, you only get back to nothing, so you still have nothing. Saying that the Kochs have "doubled down" sounds nice, but the reality of it is they is not in anywhere near that strong of a position.

  •  Dis-intermediation (0+ / 0-)

    impacts the even the world's second only occupation?

  •  Remember the Kochs Had the Tea Party Types (2+ / 0-)
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    running on jobs in 2009 and not shooting off their mouths about how they were going to govern come 2010.

    This could work for them again.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:22:40 PM PST

    •  Sheldon Adelson (0+ / 0-)

      So who?  not Newt again?  Who in the R field is passionate about internet gaming?  Or could be?

      Or the big lumber interests in the North West?

      Or the sugar trust?

      In an ironic sense, it might be a return to business as usual, disintermediated corruption, could work better than this hyperconsolidation that brought us Rove Scholars and the concentration of political giving from Religious right.

  •  What could go wrong? (0+ / 0-)

    Just about everything. I'm already seeing a Republican inter mural fight beginning on TV here in Idaho.

    One thing's for sure- all sides in the GOP are only going to become more set and dug in as the money flows in. This battle is in the state elections now, but I think it will only grow worse next year.

    Even so, I fear this does not bode well for our Democrats. They will become targets for potshots on all sides of the quarrel too often this year.

    Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

    by Idaho07 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:28:23 PM PST

    •  This is evidence of the lack of a coordinated (1+ / 0-)
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      message from the right, which is being continued and even exacerbated by the emergence of the LLC as the latest method of choice by megadonors to make disparate points to the electorate.  Donors to the Republican party with their own interests and money to burn no longer agree on what the "party" purports to stand for, and each of them - or each group of them - wants their particular interests emphasized in positive terms during campaigns.  Republicans, it seems, no longer agree on much except more economic prosperity for the rich and hatred of the president, resulting in a high degree of confusion in the electorate and a further fracturing of the party.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:26:44 PM PST

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  •   When the teabaggers realize they're being played (3+ / 0-)
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    for suckers. Thats what it will take to change this shit. We already know.

    They need to be exposed and made to see the damage done. My guess is that it has to be done so each one finally realizes, on an individual level, the damage done. It has to be personal.

    But how?

    When/if this happens all of the money that has been spent on RW radio, teevee, all of $$$$$ spent on redistricting and voter repression bills etc..wont work anymore.

    It would be breathtaking, all I ask is to be alive to see it.

  •  Plutocracy (3+ / 0-)
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    "...government of the people, by the people, for the people..." R.I.P.

    "Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?" - General Jack D. Ripper

    by wilder5121 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:35:38 PM PST

  •  Oh, Jed (2+ / 0-)
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    Why not post what else the article says.

    The phenomenon is not limited to the right. Super PACs blessed by Democratic congressional leaders have posted strong fund-raising over the last year, bolstered by victories in 2012. But those organizations are now being overshadowed by donors like Tom Steyer, the billionaire who is raising a $100 million political fund with other wealthy environmentalists to battle politicians deemed hostile to climate regulation
    And
    Parties have “lost the ability to control the process,” said Jim Nicholson, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, partly because of legislation that cut the flow of money to party committees. “The party can’t coordinate with these super PACs and neither can the campaigns, so there’s a lot more chaos and disequilibrium in the campaigns. And the party structure clearly has a diminished role because they don’t have the resources they used to have.”

    Rob Stein, a founder of the Democracy Alliance, one of the largest clubs of donors on the left, agreed.

    Isn't this an issue that affects both sides?

    Isn't this an issue more than Repugs and Kochs suck?

    The rot goes deep in both sides, imho.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:36:01 PM PST

  •  This would be a lot more damning if (2+ / 0-)
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    Democrats weren't playing the same games with big money donors or at least were behind some concentrated effort to change the current campaign finance system.  

  •  actually it's a smart move on their part (1+ / 0-)
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    They can give their money to semi-sane candidates who have half a chance of winning, instead of to the Party-nominated loonies who keep losing.

    And it may help us ALL if the lunatic fringe starts to see its campaign funding drying up in favor of the semi-sane.

    The GOP must be brought back to sanity.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:44:15 PM PST

    •  We need a sane opposition party for... (0+ / 0-)

      ...democracy to work.

      Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

      by rbird on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:23:31 PM PST

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      •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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        I am adamantly against any single-party state, even if it's my own party.

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:24:54 PM PST

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      •  I agree and I choose the Greens as the opposition (1+ / 0-)
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        with the Democrats being the "conservative" party.

        Given the massive damage they've done to this country and to the world over the last 60 years, the Republican Party deserves to go the way of the Whigs.

        About that hope-y, change-y thing. It was going great until the Republicans fucked it up.

        by Permanent Republican Minority on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:31:08 PM PST

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        •  the GOP may very well disappear (0+ / 0-)

          and the Dems return to their previous role (prior to the 1890's) as the conservative pro-business party. The Greens are an disorganized mess--I don't see them going anywhere. The Libertarians  are nutty and a disorganized mess--I don't see them going anywhere either.

          Time for a new progressive-left party.

          Our electoral system guarantees that there will always be two--and only two--major parties, but it doesn't guarantee they will always be the SAME two parties.

          In the end, reality always wins.

          by Lenny Flank on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 04:05:09 AM PST

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  •  This sounds to me like it's a billionaire being (3+ / 0-)
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    able to buy a candidate, like Adelson tried to do with Gingrich.  No longer is the billionaire limited to $4600 or whatever directly to a candidate.  Now the billionaire contributes 10 million (or 20 million or whatever it takes) to a PAC set up to help a particular candidate (or an issue that happens to neatly match one candidate in one state) and that PAC then spends it all on ads helping that candidate/issue.  How is this not just blowing away all campaign finance limits?  How is this not implementing the "Golden Rule" - that they who have the gold, rule?

    Sickening.  And I'm going off to my caucus tomorrow evening to help elect Democrats who barely have two coins to rub together.  At least until this percolates down to the state levels, which is probably coming quickly.

  •  so election strategy by committee (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure that nothing could go wrong with that

    Der Weg ist das Ziel

    by duhban on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:37:13 PM PST

  •  Isn't this an Oxymoron? (0+ / 0-)
    more donor-centric political and philanthropic network overseen by Charles and David Koch,
  •  Well done (0+ / 0-)

    That seems for me so important as maybe a good pozycjonowanie stron

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