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Harry Reid was definitely on to something when he started in on the Koch brothers and their single-minded assault to buy the Senate. It's a campaign taken up by Democrats everywhere, and raising the profile of the Kochs has been paying dividends. That shows this week in Michigan, where one of their groups is pulling out, at least for now.
Freedom Partners, which had booked about $1.1 million in Michigan airtime, abruptly canceled the ads this week.

The state is home to a contested, open-seat Senate race between Republican Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s former secretary of state, and Democratic Rep. Gary Peters. Koch-supported groups, led by the nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, have advertised heavily there this year. […]

Starting in February, the Democratic group Senate Majority PAC began attacking Land as an instrument of powerful and wealthy interests, airing ads featuring a photo of Charles and David Koch and warning that Land would help "the powerful at our expense."

Land has been having enough problems on the plutocrat front, given she's the wealthiest candidate running for Senate in this cycle has self-funded her campaign to the tune of $3 million. She's also been caught doing some creative accounting to hide the fact that she's stinking rich. So it doesn't help her one bit to be so closely associated with the likes of the Kochs.

Of course, there are plenty of other well-heeled Republican groups to step into the void, so Land won't be hurting for support. But the Kochs have spent millions in the state, starting with one of the very first deceitful ads. Apparently they've decided they've flushed enough of their fortune down the toilet on this one. At least for now.

This is all good news for Gary Peters, Daily Kos's endorsed candidate. Let's keep the good news coming for him.

So please, chip in $3 to help elect a fearless progressive like Gary Peters to the Senate.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Michigan, My Michigan and Motor City Kossacks.

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  •  Land Desperately Seeking (21+ / 0-)

    Clunker Car for folksy image makeover

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 07:52:34 AM PDT

  •  Just spent $5 to (4+ / 0-)

    get the men behind the curtain to step forward you evil cowards, you.

    It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined, permanently blocked, as it has so many times before... Richard P. Feynman

    by TerryDarc on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:08:39 AM PDT

  •  Cutting their losses... (13+ / 0-)

    Land is a pathetic candidate who has run a truly inept campaign. She has through her own missteps found herself labeled as a plutocrat, a slum lord, and an idiot. Peters, OTOH, has been hitting hard on the issues people care about in MI, like jobs, inequality, and tax fairness. He's been coming across as someone with a positive message and an actual plan, while Land, who as a former SOS has little to run on other than shorter lines at the DMV, which is nice, but not exactly inspiring.

    MI is a blue state with an extreme R gerrymander. Land faced an uphill battle to win the seat of retiring Democrat Carl Levin to begin with, and she's failing. Polling recap here:

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:13:35 AM PDT

  •  Land = Traitor (6+ / 0-)

    Terri Lynn Land is a traitor to her gender.  She is on the side (repub) that has done a lot to hurt women's rights.   We must think about the future of all women in our country and not just repub women and men who want to drag us back to the 1950s.

    I consider any woman who votes repub to be a traitor too. History will be very unkind to folks like them.  

  •  e-mail from (4+ / 0-)


    Guess what Pelosi said
    Nancy Pelosi again just emailed her liberal supporters saying, “I’m doing everything I can to defeat Boehner this November.”

    The Democrats are getting desperate. They’re pulling every trick, scheme and stunt to try to defeat our Republican Majority in the House and block us from gaining a Republican Majority in the Senate.

    These Washington Democrats are launching the same smear and scare campaigns that got Obama elected in the first place.

    They have even gone so far as to create “phony scandals,” tell flat out lies, and sensationalize and spin anything that they think can make them money.

    Now, these Washington Democrats are bragging about the millions of dollars they’re raising.

    We can’t sit back and watch these desperate and reckless attacks any longer.

    Democrats are banking on extreme fundraising tactics and the deep pockets of the Liberal Elite — but we have you.

    The Republican Party is an army of committed patriots, chipping in what they can in order to make a better America. In fact, 98 percent of our donations last month were from donors giving less than $200.

    I’m fed up with the Democrats bragging about their successful scare tactics. I need you, Steve, to step up and help us set our own fundraising record this month.

    This month started out strong. But we have 18 days to go and big goals to reach.

    it's so ridiculous to read these things !
  •  Always a red flag... (2+ / 0-)
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    myray46, nkrempa

    Rich people who want to run for office don't need the money and I sure don't believe "public service" has anything to do with it.

    Like that woman who runs eBay, who ran for Governor in California. Why would she want that job?

    Well, you get to meet other rich fucks with influence, which adds to yours.

    And the perks are many and rich. I would NEVER vote for a rich whale, because I question their motives for seeking office.

    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:21:19 AM PDT

    •  Rich people who want to run for office (2+ / 0-)
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      nkrempa, snwflk

      I say we give those jobs to people that need them. Single moms flipping burgers for minimum wage. College students that are crippled with loans. Heck, as far as I can figure, one could do the job and still have time to get home to be with the kids after school and/or go to class!

    •  Like all of them, that EBay girl has one thing in (2+ / 0-)
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      snwflk, penelope pnortney

      mind - power. These folks are all power-mad and power-hungry and it's absolutely insatiable. They will go to the deepest, darkest bottoms of the worlds chasms and abysses if necessary to gain an iota more of that power. That is why a huge percentage of them are so unscrupulous. It's one of the worst of all the addictions known to mankind.

  •  All that Koch money over, 40 billion dollars does (3+ / 0-)
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    mzkryz, myray46, nkrempa

    not back out.  This snake will coil again once it re-groups.  No, we can't bank on them not using their inexhaustible bank, and must confront them always with the truth of their greedy, cold-dead hearts.

  •  Actually, I'm not so sure... (4+ / 0-)

    that the Koch money has pulled out in Michigan.  I think they're just spending it more creatively, via wildly biased "opinion polls."  I just took one the other night that purported to want to know how I felt about my local State Representative race.  Given the choice between Joe (wimmen don't need no stinkin' rights) Graves and his Democratic challenger Ken Thomas, obviously I was pro-Thomas.  The "poller" went on to list of the most unreal lies about Thomas' record vs. Graves' record, trotted out the best falsehoods about "Obamacare," and actually apologized to me when I called him on the propaganda.

    It appears that, not content with making sure that they purchase the federal government, the Kochs want to make sure that they retain all their current rights to our state government as well!

    "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion." - James Russell Lowell 1864

    by nkrempa on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 10:19:35 AM PDT

  •  Could be, they were doing something illegal ? (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe pulled out before they were found out in some kind of Karl Rove style campaign finance scandalousness.

  •  So much for ... (1+ / 0-)
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    So much for the Darth Kocks and their evil empire.

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