AFP funder supports gay marriage! Higher taxes!
There is a lot of information coming out of Tampa these days (maybe because there is a lot of partying going on), but here is an interesting interview with David Koch at Politico that helped answer some of my questions about Americans for Prosperity in Maryland.
He pays the bills, he can call the shots, but Tea Partiers need to know exactly where they stand. (emphasis mine)
TAMPA, Fla. – Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.
Koch, who is serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York, spoke to POLITICO after delivering brief remarks at a reception held in his honor by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group he chairs and has helped fund.
Despite a wave of scrutiny from the press and criticism from liberals up to and including President Barack Obama, Koch said Thursday he plans to continue his big-money political activism regardless of the results of the 2012 election.
“Yeah, we’re in this for the long haul, you know?” he told POLITICO when asked if he intended to continue being politically active if Romney loses the 2012 presidential race to Obama.
Koch also said he now considers himself a Republican first and foremost – rather than a Libertarian or a non-partisan supporter of free enterprise – despite a background in Libertarian politics and some views that are out of step with the GOP orthodoxy.
“The Libertarian Party is a great concept. I love the ideals, but it got too far off the deep end, and so I dropped out,” Koch said. “I think the Republican Party has a great chance of being successful and that’s why I support it,” he said, adding “but I believe in the libertarian principles.”
After his speech in a rented office near the arena hosting the convention to about 200 activists and politicians – including Sens. Ron Johnson, Jon Kyl and John Boozman – Koch mingled and posed for photos with a stream of well-wishers.
Do you remember the other day when I asked (here) why AFP Maryland needed to go campaign in Virginia instead of working for some really good “conservative” candidates in Maryland? I was told by some readers that AFP doesn’t support specific candidates. Well, well, then I see reported at Politico that they are indeed helping one Senate candidate—old Republican pol (pal?) Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin.
He asked former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, now being bolstered in his Senate campaign by Americans for Prosperity ads, how the electoral landscape looked in the Badger State. And, when one woman thanked him “for what you do for America,” he responded, “we’re going to try to do even more.”
Koch declined to comment on a POLITICO report that he and his older brother Charles plan to steer nearly $400 million ahead of the 2012 election to conservative groups, including Americans for Prosperity, which has aired millions of dollars in attack ads against Obama and his congressional allies.
Time for Tea Partiers to stop being ‘rent-a-mobs’ for the Kochs! They don’t sound “conservative” to me!
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a revolution coming on. More on Tampa, next!