I speak of Tom Toles, liberal cartoonist for the Washington Post. Yep, the Koch brothers do spend a lot of money - in politics as well as philanthropy. The Koch brothers also happen to give a ton of money to Republican candidates. Is it ethical? Are the brothers trying to buy politicians for results favorable to them?
Why else would they give up the bucks? Of course they are trying to influence the political scene in favor of the oil industry. Good or bad for our democracy? They've certainly leveraged their voting presence way over what the average citizen's vote is valued. Ultimately, all that money probably is a detriment to our republican form of governance.
But we never mention George Soros, now do we? Liberals cry out in pain every time the Koch brothers donate a chunk of cash, but it's absolutely never noticed how much Soros hands out. Open Secrets.org has an interesting page comparing the two "entities."
If you read the page, you'll see that Koch Industries gives a lot more than Soros Fund Management, and that the brothers tend to give more to individual candidates. However, George Soros definitely wins in the individual funding of 527 groups by a factor of over twenty - $32.5m (Soros) vs $1.5m (Koch).
Open Secret's conclusion:
VERDICT: Given the difficultly in tracking donations to nonprofits and charitable organizations, it's almost impossible to quantify whether the Koch brothers or Soros dominate this political realm. That said, both the Kochs and Soros have spent incredible riches in this area with no sign of stopping.That said, one still wonders why the Koch brothers are evil personified, while Soros remains largely invisible as far as the MSM is concerned. All those potential Woodwards and Bernsteins never point their noses in Soros' direction. No liberal cartoonist lampoons Soros.
They'd all lose their Liberal ID cards or something, I guess.
And, if you really want to know what George Soros has been up to in the US and the rest of the world (where he is not as revered as he is here, for sure), I totally recommend reading this article by The Blaze. It's a long read, but very, very detailed. Our "unbiased investigative" press needs to have their nuts racked for this coverage bias. Just sayin.'