A very well researched article on the relationship between Koch Industries and the various Tea Party organizations such as Americans for Prosperity. Jane Mayer is not shy about revealing the purpose or the aims of the piece. It is not intended to be a politically neutral analysis piece. Indeed the tagline reads:
The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.
From which point, Ms. Mayer proceeds to dissect the deep financial relationships between the Koch family and organizations such as the Cato Institute, the Mercator Institute and the Heritage Foundation in addition to the above mentioned Americans for Prosperity (AfP) and many other pressure groups and lobbyists.
In a piece such as this sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from rumor and innuendo. However it is packed full of enough names, dates, locations and amounts of money to serve as an authoritative account of the “Kochtopus”.
In reading this article one should keep in mind the following line from Obama’s 2008 victory speech:
“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them– that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”
Then, as now, Obama was and is smarter and stronger than any number of political operatives these corporations can scrimmage. Because, he has the backing of the biggest corporation of them all – the People – and he knows this.