Koch Brothers Accused Of Bankrolling Republican War On Women, Based On Politico & RH Reality Check In-Depth Investigative Reporting
“The Koch brothers would have you believe that they have little interest in rolling back reproductive rights,” said Stan. “But the proof is in their network’s spending patterns, which shows their willingness to deliberately harm women in pursuit of their goals.
In a close 48 to 46 election in Virginia, Kenneth Cuccinelli lost women voters 54-38!!!!! What does that say about the men voters???
As I predicted on Facebook yesterday morning, tens of thousands of Republican and Independent women in Virginia voted for Terry McAuliffe, creating a massive gender divide in Virginia The Daily Beast reports: “The strategy helped McAuliffe rack up big numbers among women voters, winning them by a 54-38 margin even while narrowly losing among men. Linda Smith, an independent voter from Spotsylvania, told The Daily Beast that she voted for McAuliffe because she was turned off by Cuccinelli’s position on social issues. Jennifer Frederick, a Spotsylvania Democrat, put it more bluntly: “Cuccinelli scares the crap out of me,” she said.”
The gender-divide analysis needs clarification, however. It depends on whether voters are married or not.
Both female and male unmarried voters preferred McAuliffe by wide margins. He beat Cuccinelli by 25 points among unmarried men and 42 points among unmarried women, writes Huff Po. Polls indicated that unmarried voters made up about a third of Tuesday’s electorate.
Clearly some Cuccinelli voters didn’t share his views on limiting women’s abortion rights and access to birth control. Preliminary exit polls confirmed across a wide range of media that 60 percent of Virginia voters think abortion should be legal in all or almost every case where a woman seeks one.
In a late breaking story, The Raw Story reports that investigations by the website RH Reality Check and Politico found “that a network of organizations headed by billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch has spent tens of millions of dollars funding the anti-choice movement.”
Senior Washington correspondent Adele Stan wrote Tuesday that tax documents show Koch-directed “pro-business” groups threw their money and resources behind legislative initiatives designed to shut down women’s health clinics and deny women access to contraception, reproductive health services and abortions.
“There is little doubt that the rash of anti-choice measures that flooded the legislative dockets in state capitols in 2013 was a coordinated effort by anti-choice groups and major right-wing donors lurking anonymously behind the facades of the non-profit “social welfare” organizations unleashed to tear up the political landscape, thanks to the high court’s decision in Citizens United,” Stan wrote.
“Helping to drive the right-wing offensive in the states and in Congress is a network of deep-pocketed business titans convened by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, principals in Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held corporation in the United States,” she continued.
While the Kochs and their satellite groups profess to be interested more in business policy and deregulation than social issues, their true agenda is an all-out “war on women,” said RH Reality Check.
Politico detailed how the Koch network uses the shell company Freedom Partners as a clearinghouse. A bloc of around 200 donors give an average of $100,000 per year to Freedom Partners.
RH Reality Check’s President and Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson weighed in, mincing no words:
Over the past ten years, so-called pro-life groups and legislators such as Congressman Paul Ryan have increasingly been involved in efforts to deny women their rights while simultaneously shredding the social safety net on which the most vulnerable in this society depend. It is a marriage of ‘church and commerce’ not previously seen in the United States. Now it is clear that the Koch brothers are pouring money into a policy agenda that recognizes both corporations and fertilized eggs as people, but not the personhood of women. Koch money is directly fueling anti-choice battles in states like Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Nebraska, and contributing significantly to a dangerous push for a national 20 week abortion ban at the federal level as well.”