The Koch Brothers—best known for using their billions to launch the TEA Party—are all over the news again this week.
In case you missed it, Koch Industries reportedly sold millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to Iran. Yes, Iran. The nation we officially consider a global sponsor of terrorism.
So what’s wrong with making a few bucks off of a state sponsor of terrorism? Nothing really, if you’re a Big Oil billionaire. All you have to do is ignore some rules, like the one that bans U.S. companies from trading with Iran in the name of national security.
Where are all the ticked off TEA Party Patriots now? Too busy shrugging?
So is Montana’s only member of the congressional TEA Party Caucus. After all, Dennis Rehberg has accepted $8,500 in campaign donations from Koch Industries. And he has supported the agenda of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers’ secretive political organization, 90 percent of the time.
Dennis Rehberg’s ties to the Koch Brothers doesn’t end there. According to public records, Rehberg has paid $22,000 to the consulting firm 47 North Communications for “campaign management fees” so far this cycle.
47 North Communications is run by Rehberg’s former state director (and Rehberg boat “accident” survivor) Dustin Frost, and Jake Eaton.
If you’re like most people and tend to forget Jake Eaton, you probably won’t remember that way back in 2009, he used to work for a whacko anti health reform group called “Patients First,” which was bankrolled by… you guessed it… Americans for Prosperity.
Now Dennis Rehberg and others associated with the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity can also call themselves “Americans for Iran’s Prosperity.”