GOP Rep. Pompeo: Bought and Paid for Koch Brothers Lackey
March 21, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—-Freshman Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo (Koch-KS) knows which side his bread is buttered on. He owes his wealth and congressional seat to special interest lobbyists and Koch Industries, the big-polluting oil conglomerate owned by right-wing Ayn-Randian radicals, Charles and David Koch. Pompeo raked in $80,000 from the Kochs in campaign donations; making him the top beneficiary of Koch money for the 2010 elections. This sort of slimy symbiotic relationship between politicians and their corporate benefactors is nothing new, but suddenly the mainstream press is taking notice. Why? The growing and corrupting influence of the Koch brothers and their shadowy network of libertarian front groups is threatening our democracy. With the Citizens United decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of anonymous cash to influence federal elections, the billionaire Koch brothers are funneling billions to transform America into their version of a 19th century libertarian free market dystopia. And Mike Pompeo is helping them do it.
The Washington Post is out with a piece today taking a hard look at Pompeo’s actions since coming to Congress last year, after riding the tea party with the help of Koch money. Pompeo’s first order of business was to install a former Koch lawyer as his chief of staff. On the legislative side, the Koch brothers are getting their money’s worth. Pompeo has wasted no time promoting the anti-environment and anti-consumer safety policies of the Koch brothers.
“Now liberal groups have begun turning their ire toward Pompeo, who hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff and proposed legislation in his first weeks in office that could benefit many of Koch’s business interests.”
“The measures include amendments approved in the House budget bill to eliminate funding for two major Obama administration programs: a database cataloguing consumer complaints about unsafe products and an Environmental Protection Agency registry of greenhouse-gas polluters. Both have been listed as top legislative priorities for Koch Industries, which has spent more than $37 million on Washington lobbying since 2008, according to disclosure records.”
Pompeo’s association with the Kochs goes way beyond campaign contributions. Koch money helped him set up a successful business venture. Think Progress, in reporting last fall on Pompeo’s ties to the Kochs, concluded “he is essentially a subsidiary of the Koch brothers’ business empire.”
Koch investment funds helped Pompeo start his firm Thayer Aerospace, a fact also pointed out by the Washington Post piece. But the Post failed to mention that Sentry International, the company that later employed Pompeo as president, is partnered with Koch Industries “through its Brazilian subsidiary, GTF Representacoes & Consultoria,” according to the report by Think Progress.
Besides being a bought and paid for Koch Industries corporate tool, Pompeo had no qualms about using bigotry and xenophobia in his campaign. His Democratic opponent in last year’s fourth congressional district race Raj Goyle, is of Indian origin.
Pompeo linked to an article on his Twitter page that demonized Goyle, as a “turban topper.” He later blamed the Twitter post on a hyperlink error.
And a local business supporter paid for a controversial billboard that urged Kansans to “Vote American Vote Pompeo,” adding “True Americans Vote for Pompeo.”
Pompeo denies that he is a stealth lobbyist for Koch Industries. He and the Koch brothers just happen to believe in the same libertarian principles, claims Pompeo.
Pompeo won his congressional seat resoundingly, capturing 59 percent of the vote.
Money talks, especial Koch money.