There is no question that the Right has been financed by a select and small group of donors for close to forty years now; significant business players like Bob Perry and the Koch Brothers who more than likely don’t have a political bone in their bodies, but look at the their investment in politics as smart business.

Fellow Dirty Hippie Dave Johnson and I traced these efforts all the way back to the tobacco industry’s ability to prevent significant regulation for decades by creating science, or creating a ‘manufactroversy’ ie the act of creating a controversy where none exists.

What the Right may be underestimating with the advent of technology and access to information is that the light is shining more and more on the few funders that are bankrolling the revolution. I wonder if, perhaps, this change in access to information will prove to be detrimental to their efforts, time will tell I suppose.

In the meantime, check this out. A blogger posing as David Koch called Governor Walker in Wisconsin. Let’s just say he got right through.


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James Boyce

James Boyce has been involved in the progressive community online since his role as a Senior Advisor for John Kerry in 2004. Since then, he has been both a leading blogger, a frequent contributor to MSNBC, advisor to Bill Richardson in 2008, and founder of Common Sense NMS ( a online strategy group with clients such as Product (RED), NRDC, The Rainforest Alliance, Stonyfield Farm and more. James can be reached at

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