In addition to my producing The Undercurrent, I am the executive director of American Family Voices, a progressive non-profit that advocates for working and middle class folks on issues like Wall Street reform, getting big money out of politics, and addressing climate change, to name a few. Thus, AFV does a lot of work to expose the Koch brothers, given that they sit at the nexus of all these issues, running a large oil conglomerate with business on Wall Street.
The largest organization in the Koch political network, Americans for Prosperity, has been key to building out long-term “grassroots” infrastructure for conservatives. In last year’s mid-term election, AFP planned to spend more than $125 million. According to Politico,
The projected budget for Americans for Prosperity would be unprecedented for a private political group in a midterm, and would likely rival even the spending of the Republican and Democratic parties’ congressional campaign arms.
Now, AFV has nowhere near the resources as AFP, so we really have to be creative in order to get our message out and educate voters. We have found that humor is key (and it’s also a lot of fun). At the Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Summit, we sent Koch puppets Jeb Bush and Scott Walker to crash the Koch group’s opening party. Hilarity ensued. Watch all of our antics in the video below, and subscribe to American Family Voices on YouTube for more just like it.