Infographic: How the Koch Brothers and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Turn Democracy Into a Game of Monopoly
An easy-to-trace look at how the Koch brothers' millions are buying political favors in Minnesota.
The clever and righteous folks at The Other 98% put out this infographic on the rather clear connection between the Koch brother's plentiful dollars and the Wisconsin governor who is now busting unions and, more important to this discussion, insisting on no-bid sales of the state-owned power plants.
Quick background: It just so happens that the three companies best positioned to buy and operate those facilities, which they could get for pennies on the dollar through the no-bid sale process, are all subsidiaries of, you guessed it: Koch Industries. (We've covered and ranted about the Kochs a bunch in the past. Amongst many other horrible, terrible things, they're some of the worst polluters in the country.) This Walker-Koch "secret deal" rumor seems to fall more towards credibility than wild-eyed conspiracy theory when you look at all the details in place, as Rick Unger did on his Forbes blog last week.
Here it is in visual form:
(Click on the image or here to go through to The Other 98% site, where you can sign a petition and do all sorts of social media things with the graphic.)
I'll say this: there's a hell of a lot clearer connection shown here than any of those memorable Glenn Beck chalkboard moments. Including the one last week in which our friends and partners at 350.org featured prominently. And, no, I know those kids very well. They're not communists.