As if buying Scott Walker’s way into the Wisconsin governor’s office weren’t enough, the Koch-funded advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is running banner ads, with television and radio ads to come.
After unions announced they would be running ads in Wisconsin, the Washington D.C.-based and pro-business front group Americans for Prosperity countered with an announcement that they, too, would be running ads. Banner ads are already appearing on websites, which was how we became aware of the AFP move.
AFP is funded by rich, conservative donors, and might as well be called a Koch Brothers front group. Like a mafia, now that their boy is under seige, they need to protect him.
How surreal is it that this comes not two days after the Buffalo Beast aired a recording of a comedian Ian Murphy posing as David Koch and pranking Scott Walker? One needs only the right name to get a direct line to the governor’s office—the same can definitely not be said of any of the thousands of state labor union members protesting in Madison.
The Kochs brothers like to hide behind these nostalgically anonymous front groups, but their fingerprints are there and illuminated for all to see.
And while we cannot be sure if the Kochs have any direct financial stake in the Wisconsin, it is mostly irrelevant, for their game lies elsewhere—in breaking unions nationwide to enrich their various corporations and by extension, themselves.
To that end, the banner ads link to the Americans for Prosperity website, where you follow a link to sign a petition and watch the AFP pro-Walker ad, which we’ve embedded below.
And just so we can all be certain that this is a concerted national effort, the end of the petition reads, “every state should adopt Governor Scott Walker’s common sense reforms.”