October 13, 2010: A video clip has been released today showing billionaire industrialist David Koch on stage getting reports from regional organizers on their efforts to rally the Tea Party movement.
David Koch, who has received a lot of attention lately for the millions he has spent over the years boosting right-wing organizations like Americans for Prosperity, has tried on numerous occasions to distance himself from the supposedly "grassroots" Tea Party phenomenon.
Case in point, David Koch told New York magazine this summer in an interview that:
"I've never been to a tea-party event. No one representing the tea party has ever even approached me."
The clip released today, taken from a new documentary called (Astro) Turf Wars: How Corporate America Faked a Grassroots Revolution, clearly shows David Koch receiving reports from regional Tea Party organizers:
October 13, 2010: Moments ago, in conjunction with Public Citizen, Protect Our Elections filed a complaint with the FEC against Crossroads GPS, claiming that the 501c(4) nonprofit is, in fact, a political committee and should be subject to the restrictions and disclosure rules for political committees.
Crossroads GPS was formed in July 2010 by Rove and Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman. It shares offices with American Crossroads, a registered political committee created this year that also is the brainchild of Rove and Gillespie, according to published reports.
Final ruling likely to come the day before the election
October 8, 2010- Common Cause Minnesota’s complaint against the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Minnesota’s Future and Minnesota’s Future LLC has entered the full investigation phase, according to Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board cannot legally comment on any complaint until an investigation is complete and the board has made its ruling.
Common Cause Minnesota filed the complaint last week alleging that the three groups coordinated to funnel money from the RGA to Minnesota’s Future without disclosing all of the required donor information. The RGA has provided essentially all of the funding for Minnesota’s Future, which has used that money to run ads attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.