Billionaire Koch Brothers Try to Buy Court
The new stealth campaign against three
They couldn't care less about
Last week they uncorked the first of a series of commercials from their political action committee, Americans for Prosperity. The targets are Justices
They were three of the five-vote majority that in 2010 knocked down a half-baked amendment slapped together by
Conservative groups have gone after local justices before. In
On the November ballot, Lewis, Pariente and Quince are up for merit retention, meaning voters can choose to retain them or not. This simple system was put in place to keep the state's high court above the sleaze of political races.
The mission of the Kochs, hiding as always behind their super PAC, is to get the three justices dumped at the polls so that Gov.
This is worth repeating: If the Kochs have their way,
Yikes is right.
The head of the
Meanwhile the state
Well, let's have a peek at these dangerous radicals.
In 1999, she was jointly selected for the high court by Chiles and that wacky left-winger,
Twice before, Floridians have voted to keep these justices, but now the Kochs from Wichita say they know better. You won't see David or Charlie in any of the campaign commercials because they don't like people to know they're prying.
Their multinational fortune comes from oil refineries, fertilizers, cattle, commodities, chemicals and paper mills. Next time you reach for Angel Soft toilet paper, think of the Koch brothers.
The two other justices who voted against the inept Obamacare amendment were similarly singled out two years ago, when they were up for merit retention.
Labarga was retained with about 59 percent of the vote, Perry with 61 percent. Those aren't bad margins, considering that the justices can't campaign in their own defense.
This time is different because Americans for Prosperity has a bottomless war chest to use against Lewis, Pariente and Quince. Be assured that Gov. Scott is rooting for the Kochs. He'd love to have three openings to fill on the
The last thing these guys want is fair judges who know the law; they want partisan judges who'll obediently support their political agenda
It's worse than just trying to buy an election. It's trying to hijack
And all the Angel Soft in the world won't wipe away the stink.
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