During the past year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has regularly demonized the Koch brothers in its fundraising appeals and emails to supporters, despite the fact it accepted $30,000 from the Kochs’ PAC during the 2010 election cycle. And now that the 2012 election cycle is rolling around, the DSCC had the audacity to try to solicit money from the Koch brothers yet again.
Philip Ellender, the president of government affairs at Koch Companies, replied to DSCC Chair Sen. Patty Murray’s request in a letter today:
Just recently, Senator Reid wrote in a DSCC fundraising letter that Republicans are trying to “force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say ‘Koch Brothers.’”
So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. …
I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.
Making matters worse for Sen. Murray, she apparently went so far as to leave the Kochs a voicemail, suggesting if they contribute generously, they might have a chance to join prominent Democratic senators at an island retreat in the fall.
Just a refresher: this is the same DSCC that attacked Carly Fiorina last September by claiming she took money from “lawbreaking” and “polluting” Koch brothers:
Tea Party megadonor Koch Industries must have been impressed, because its leaders just hosted a Washington fundraiser for Fiorina. Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity said the Koch brothers “have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation and obfuscation,” and that “they are the Standard Oil of our times.” Koch Industries was named among the nation’s top 10 polluters and is funding Proposition 23, which would suspend California’s air pollution control laws.
This scenario leaves us with only three options: a). The DSCC is so money-hungry and morally corrupt it will even solicit money from donors that it describes as having “a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulations and obfuscation”; b.) The DSCC realizes the Koch brothers are perfectly upstanding people, but it continues to dishonestly smear them because these attacks galvanize its grassroots support base; or c.) The DSCC and Sen. Murray are so clueless they had no idea who they were hitting up for a major donation.