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Why are the Koch Brothers Betting on Mitt Romney?

David Koch is hosting a fundraiser for millionaire Mitt Romney at his Hamptons estate this weekend. What do they want in return for all this fundraising?

DNC Video "Why are the Koch Brothers Betting on Mitt Romney?" 

Truthout: ALEC Accused of Violating Its Tax-Exempt Status; Will the IRS Take Action?

-By Jason Leopold

July 5, 2012- Will the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launch an investigation into the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate-backed "nonpartisan" "stealth business lobbyist" group that has been accused of flouting civil and criminal tax laws?

That's the obvious question to ask after a prominent Washington, DC-based tax attorney, acting at the behest of one of his clients, sent the IRS a 30-page complaint two weeks ago, following a months-long exhaustive study of ALEC's tax filings, expenditures and public reports about its political activities. The study contained dozens of new examples of how ALEC, whose board is made up entirely of Republican lawmakers, has violated its tax-exempt status.

Think Progress: Top Former Tax Code Enforcer Files Letter Asking IRS To Strip ALEC’s Non-Profit Status

-By Ian Millhiser

July 2, 2012- The American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing group responsible for state voter suppression laws, “stand your ground” laws and other far right initiatives, is a 501(c)(3) organization — meaning that it does not pay taxes and that its donors can deduct any donations they make to the organization from their taxable income. Thus, we the taxpayers essentially subsidize ALEC’s right-wing lobbying because the amount of money in the public treasury is reduced in order to pay for ALEC’s activities.

The Awl: Our Billionaire Philanthropists

-By Maria Bustillos

June 13, 2012- In June of 1889, Andrew Carnegie published his essay "Wealth" in the North American Review: a famous document, as remarkable for the author’s delusional self-regard as it is for the case he makes for private philanthropy. The steel baron launched his argument with the dumbfounding claim that until "the past few hundred years [of human history] there was little difference between the dwelling, dress, food, environment of the chief and those of his retainers." He then sails blithely along to insist that we should all welcome the changes in society that make violent wealth inequality inevitable, because the benefits of wealth must inevitably trickle down to the least fortunate, etc., an assertion that many of later generations have come to view with a certain skepticism.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker's brat summit gets bipartisan boycotts

-By Patrick Marley

June 11, 2012- Gov. Scott Walker's call for a bipartisan "brat summit" is being met with its first boycotts.

State Rep. Steve Nass, one of Walker's fellow Republicans from Whitewater, said he would not show up at Tuesday's event at the governor's mansion because he didn't like recent comments from two prominent Democrats.

“Despite the voters of Wisconsin clearly signaling support for balancing the state budget without tax increases and controlling government expenditures, Democratic leaders continue their offensive comments and threats of legislative chaos," Nass said in a statement Monday. "We encourage our children to stand up to bullies. That’s exactly what must happen in the Legislature."

Walker called for lawmakers from both parties to get together at his house after he won last week's recall election. It was meant to foster better relationships after a year and a half of deep divisions in the state.

Caledonia Patch: Lehman Declares Victory in Recall

-By Janine Anderson

June 6, 2012- At 2 a.m., Racine County posted full results online, supporting former Sen. John Lehman victory declaration at his election night party. Sen. Van Wanggaard, who was facing recall, sent everyone home an hour before Lehman's announcement.

Former Sen. John Lehman was the only Democrat on the recall ballots to declare victory.

At 12:53 a.m., he dedicated his victory to all the hard work and hours of service from volunteers who led the recall efforts in the 21st Senate District, where they went after Sen. Van Wanggaard, who had defeated Lehman in November 2010.

Lehman's closing remarks weren't all that different from the first time he spoke to supporters after his arrival around 9:30 pm at the Racine Labor Center.

"You worked so hard in the best interest of Wisconsin and for Racine County, not just for yourselves," he said. "Let's all take a little breather, take a little time with our families, who have supported us in our efforts, but then let's come back strong for the November elections."

It's Time Wisconsin: Own Your Vote

Wisconsin recall: Obama campaign releases new video

LA Times: Wisconsin recall headed for a photo finish amid strong turnout

-By Bob Secter and Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune

June 5, 2012- MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s fierce and emotional recall battle for governor appeared headed for a possible photo finish Tuesday as voters swarmed the polls after Republicans and Democrats warned turnout would be crucial.

“I think we're having presidential turnout,” said Kenosha County Clerk Mary Schuch-Krebs as she watched voters flood the polls to choose between retaining Republican Scott Walker as governor or replacing him with Democrat Tom Barrett.

Across the state, election officials reported long lines at the polls, bringing to a close a race that transformed Wisconsin into a symbol of political polarization just months before a sharply divided national electorate votes for president.

This was only the third time in U.S. history that any state has voted on whether to recall its governor. Tuesday’s battle was effectively a redo of the 2010 race for governor between Walker and Barrett, which Walker won by 5 percentage points.

The Guardian: Wisconsin recall vote: high turnout raises hopes on both sides of divide

Voters swamped polling stations across the state as both sides claim the surge is good news in vote to recall the governor

-By Rory Carroll in Appleton and Gary Younge in Milwaukee

June 5, 2012- Reports of stratospheric turnout in Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday boosted Democrat hopes of victory in the vote to topple Republican governor Scott Walker.

Voters swamped polling stations across the state in what appeared to be a significantly higher turnout than 2010 when Walker defeated Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee now vying to replace him.

Local radio reported that parts of Madison, the state capital and a Democratic bastion, recorded turnout of 119% of previously registered voters by 4pm, with four hours of polling still to go. The extraordinary figure was attributed to a late surge in registrations by union and grassroots activists, taking the voter roll far above its previous levels.

CBS News: Early Wisconsin recall exit polls: 60 percent say recalls are only for official misconduct

-By Kevin Hechtkopf

June 5, 2012- (CBS News) Sixty percent of Wisconsin voters in today's recall election say recall elections are only appropriate for official misconduct, according to early CBS News exit polls. Twenty-eight percent said they think they are suitable for any reason, while nine percent think they are never appropriate.

Today's recall election in Wisconsin pits Republican Gov. Scott Walker versus Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in a rematch of their 2010 race. According to the early exit polls, 6 percent say they decided on their candidate in the last few days, with 93 percent saying they made up their minds before that.

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