MSNBC host Joy Reid had an enthusiastic interview with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, during which she asked the Democrat about the impact of “black money” and the billionaire libertarian impact that the Koch brothers had in this arena.
However, Reid did not ask about the multiple organizations supporting Democrats that have private donor lists or other “black money” attributes.
Reid began by pointing out an Al Jazeera report that global warming has reached an “irreversible” tipping point, before moving on to a critique of “big oil” and the Kochs, which she says backed the organizations. “denying climate change”.
Younger brother David H. Koch passed away in 2019, while Koch Industries president Charles G. Koch is 85 years old. Koch owns Georgia-Pacific Paper Company and various other energy and raw materials companies.
Reid told Whitehouse that the Kochs helped found the conservative Americans For Prosperity, an influential political advocacy organization that previously helped elevate the Tea Party as an effective political foil for President Barack Obama.
âThe Koch brothers and a few other creepy right-wing Republican billionaires basically built what in the intelligence community you would call a massive covert operation,â Whitehouse said. “[I]It started by propagating climate denial and blocking climate legislation in its most powerful sense. “
Whitehouse then attacked right-wing ‘black money’ groups that also supported the tobacco industry and claimed they were using ‘front groups’ and ‘misinformation’
The Rhode Island lawmaker has criticized various other organizations such as Heritage Action For America, a conservative rights group that uses both lobbying and a national grassroots effort to make change on Capitol Hill; lobby for limited government and traditionalist social values.
Reid later continued the interview by stating that S. 1, the sweeping electoral reform bill sponsored by Representative John Sarbanes, D-Md., and Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Is an “anti-dark-money bill,” and lamented that two moderate Democrats – West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, are yet to be from agreement.
Reid accused Americans For Prosperity of helping convince Manchin not to support him.
Whitehouse, meanwhile, likened the right-hand black silver ânetworkâ to the keys on a piano that someone could âcallâ a pianist to play at any time.
But, Reid neglected to pressure Whitehouse over his party’s use or connections to “black money”, or even to violate the subject.
In March, Whitehouse himself presided over a Senate hearing billed as a critique of black money that featured at least two alleged actors from liberal black money organizations as witnesses.
Ben Jealous, a former NAACP chairman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Maryland, who now leads People for the American Way, witnessed the “What’s Wrong With The Supreme Court:” hearing the assault of money on our judicial system âof the Judicial Committee. PFAW is a 501 (c) 4 progressive group founded by “All in the Family” and “Good Times” producer Norman Lear.
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The audience also included Harvard Law Professor Michael Klarman, who has links to “Take Back the Court” and who claimed that Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., “stole a [Supreme Court] headquarters in 2016. “
Non-partisan political watchdog OpenSecrets reported that the 2020 presidential election saw $ 1 billion in black money spent, while prominently stating that “liberal black money groups are eclipsing conservatives.”
President Joe Biden was aided by $ 174 million in so-called “black money,” which eclipsed Donald Trump’s $ 25 million, the watchdog reported in March.