March 3, 2011- Over the last three years at ThinkProgress, we’ve made the Koch brothers and their far-right agenda famous. Now we’ve got their attention. A senior Koch executive recently complained to the National Review that ThinkProgress is leading an “orchestrated campaign” against Koch and vowed to fight back against us.
So, a few days ago we launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 in five days. We blew through that goal in less than four hours.
In response, the Koch-funded machine lashed out at ThinkProgress, using its vast corporate and political communication networks to promote insulting, ad hominem attacks. John Hinderaker of the far-right PowerLine blog called ThinkProgress “helpless wretches,” “ignorant kids” and “driven entirely by prejudice.” His writings were then broadcast by the official Koch Industries Twitter feed.
What neither Koch nor Hinderaker reveal is that Hinderaker’s law firm, Faegre & Benson, represents Koch Industries.
We aren’t backing down in this fight. We are upping the ante. We are going to expand our effort to reveal the truth about the Koch brothers and have set a new goal: $50,000 in five days.
As more and more of you join us, we can strengthen and expand our three-year long effort to reveal the Kochs. Our strategy includes:
– Detailing the far-right policies that the Kochs are quietly trying to push through Congress and in state capitols across the country
– Putting the heat on politicians who want to place the Koch agenda above the public interest
– Exposing corporate malfeasance throughout the Koch empire and promoting awareness of Koch-controlled consumer brands
We won’t be intimidated. And with your help, we’ll continue to give the Koch brothers what they can’t handle: the truth.