DSCC chair hits Koch brothers up for donation

posted at 11:20 am on July 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Chutzpah, cluelessness, or a combination of both?  Democrats have spent all year demonizing the Koch brothers, industrialists who support pro-growth conservative policies and donate to like-minded organizations.  The national party practically accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker of having a hotline installed from Koch Central to his office, and Democrats and unions both howled with outrage after Walker took a prank call supposedly from David Koch during the PEU-reform crisis this winter.

Perhaps all is forgiven … now that Democrats need some cash.  As chair of the DSCC, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) gave the Kochs a call inviting them to their soiree this summer.  If it’s hard to imagine a less enticing invitation than a chance to spend hot, sweltering days with people who routinely paint you as the devil, Koch Industries found it impossible.  Here’s the audio:

And … here’s the response, emphases mine:

For many months now, your colleagues in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leadership have engaged in a series of disparagements and ad hominem attacks about us, apparently as part of a concerted political and fundraising strategy. Just recently, Senator Reid wrote in a DSCC fundraising letter that Republicans are trying to “force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say ‘Koch Brothers.’”

So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September.

I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.

It is troubling that private citizens taking part in the discourse have become the targets of White House and DSCC fundraising missives, and we would certainly encourage you to rethink that approach. Ultimately, I expect voters will see through that and will weigh the issues on the merits alone. But in the meantime, if you could provide me some insight on what exactly you are asking of us and why, I would be most grateful.

So the lack of an RSVP on the letter to their personification of political evil failed to generate the obvious conclusion in Murray’s mind, so much so that she decided to make a personal call to the bêtes noirs of the DSCC to dangle an access-for-cash deal.  Maybe it’s both cluelessness and chutzpah, but I’m betting heavily on the former.

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KOCH SUCKERS.

Good Lt on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

FacePalm of The Week!

pilamaye on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

WOW.

JUST F**KING WOW.

Just when I think the gall of these idiots can’t surprise me anymore…

MadisonConservative on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Olde tyme fascists and communists weren’t this audacious.

rbj on July 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Bonehead

The lib posters on many lib sites keep bashing the koch dudes
Do they hang that up now?

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.

Why not?

Democrats have been bashing “Wall Street” and “the rich” for decades, yet those folks forked over plenty to them all that time.

Seems ridiculous – but it works. Wall street and rich folks will still give plenty to 0bama for 2012, we all know that.

Rebar on July 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

BTW – What a horrible phone call, coming from a guy who lives and dies selling on the phone all day…

WOW.

JUST F**KING WOW.

Just when I think the gall of these idiots can’t surprise me anymore…

MadisonConservative on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Potty mouth ;)

Odie1941 on July 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Maybe it’s both cluelessness and chutzpah, but I’m betting heavily on the former.

A good bet. She’s the Wasserman-Schultz of the Senate.

Lanceman on July 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

To a liberal, this is the equivalent of Obama asking George W BusHitler for advice and guidance.

portlandon on July 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Senator Patty Murray makes a box of rocks look like the next winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics.

So with a choice between cluelessness and chutzpah, I vote for chutzpah on the part of the DSCC staff, and cluelessness on the part of Senator Murray.

The_Real_JeffS on July 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Koch wh-res.

KingGold on July 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

This is exactly the way to handle the classless behavior of the democrats. Lots and lots of sunshine.

surrounded on July 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

KOCH SUCKERS.

Good Lt on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Thread winner!

NoFanofLibs on July 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

I’m sure that when the Donkeys called him Beelzebub they meant it in the nicest way possible.

MJBrutus on July 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

When the Dem regime loses the next election, they can use tissues make by Koch owned Gergia pacific paper company and its loyal union workers.

seven on July 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

How. Do. These. Libtards. Survive? She was certainly deprived of oxygen as a very young child….

HomeoftheBrave on July 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Murray is desperately trying to retain her title as the dumbest Senator. She’s held that honor for a long time and is not about to give it up now.

RadClown on July 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

It does not really require much in the way of elaboration, or anything else except a certain aesthetic appreciation for the way that its author (Philip Ellender) manages to call Senator Murray (to say nothing of her party) a vicious, stupid hypocrite without once actually using any of those words. I have spent some time trying to learn how to be elegantly rude to people who richly deserve it, and let me tell you: Ellender has the right skill set.

I loved Moe Lan’s take on it.

Wethal on July 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

How. Do. These. Libtards. Survive? She was certainly deprived of oxygen as a very young child….

HomeoftheBrave on July 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Vote fraud in King County, and unions, apparently.

Wethal on July 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

The Dems ask for money from folks they vilify all the time. Just ask Wall Street. Or the Health Care industry.

hawksruleva on July 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

I wonder if Liberal protesters will let me borrow some of their signs so I can march around in outrage now.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Godspeed Atlantis

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

It’s a shake down. “Give us money – or else.”

That’s how these creeps operate, and more than ever the example is set from the top with the Chicago Mafia in the WH.

Cody1991 on July 8, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Tru hawksrule

And the dimwits keep giving them money

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Doesn’t this just show what big WHORES Politicians are?

portlandon on July 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The lib posters on many lib sites keep bashing the koch dudes
Do they hang that up now?

Only if the Kochs fork over the vig demonstrate their civic-mindedness by donating to the DSCC.

Fabozz on July 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Monies getting a little thin out there, then go prostitute yourself.
LOVE IT.

nimrod on July 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

George Soros with Obama’s help has choked down huge wads of dollars, I’m sure as a liberal apparatchik she’s getting her share of the mob money machine.

Speakup on July 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

These folks are running the country! Or ruining it depending on how you look at it.

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Maybe fabozz

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Look. The White house is actively working to exterminate Israel and yet the majority of Jewish Americans support that with dollar donations. We live in a perverse and strange world. Who WOULDN’T expect the Koch’s to comply and play along. Ironically, the left mock religion when they resemble the most interesting of sects: flagellants

BrideOfRove on July 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Stupid AND shameless.

4Freedom on July 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

“Come over to our side and we’ll call off the attack dogs”.

ardenenoch on July 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I’m sending this video to everyone.

docflash on July 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I am a constituant and just wrote her a email, thanking her for a real life example of chutzpah. I am ashamed to be from Washington State and makes me feel dirty all over.

opiemuyo on July 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Pretty please, Mr Satan?

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAH…

Dems have been selling their souls to the devil for a long time now, so I’m not at all surprised by this.

Not that I think the Koch brothers are at all ‘the devil’, but even if the Dems truly thought they were, they’d still do this./hopefully unnecessary explanation.

At any rate, that caption is fantastic! *still laughing*

pannw on July 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Simple, it’s extortion.

Dale Wyckoff on July 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Just when I think the gall of these idiots can’t surprise me anymore…

Stupid AND shameless.

Monies getting a little thin out there, then go prostitute yourself.

It wasn’t any of these things. It’s just that they didn’t get around to updating their direct-mail list (and deleting the Koch brothers from it). Changing the list often costs money, so many mailers would rather waste the postage than pay more to update.

bgoldman on July 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

In response to this obvious merger of evil big business and politics, the left will stay home in 2012 and refuse to vote for any demorat including PBHO.

What? Why yes I have gone insane, how can you tell?

Bishop on July 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

cliff’s notes version

hey patsie…all the way up with a red hot poker

DrW on July 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

blockquote>It wasn’t any of these things. It’s just that they didn’t get around to updating their direct-mail list (and deleting the Koch brothers from it). Changing the list often costs money, so many mailers would rather waste the postage than pay more to update.

bgoldman on July 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Which is why the Chairwomen picked up the phone and made the call herself… ah no.

Odie1941 on July 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Janeane Garofalo was too far up Keifer’s a$$ to comment.

Wanderlust on July 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Surprised she can walk, what with balls that big.

JohnGalt23 on July 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Too bad the return phone number was censored. Just think of the FUN we could all have!

Chappy on July 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe

Has she done the same with Soros? Sandler’s? Peter Lewis? Maybe the Republican’s should send THEM a letter..

reshas1 on July 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Pwnt.

Ryan Anthony on July 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Patty Murray ain’t no brain surgeon or rocket scientist.

Kermit on July 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

My guess is that the demonization will continue, seeing as the Koch brothers didn’t come across with the cash. Maybe some SEIU thugs demonstrating in front of their homes.

GarandFan on July 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I don’t understand, aren’t the Koch brothers the focus of Evviiiiiilllll in the modern world as of the past couple of months?

(As explained by a of denizen of Shorewood a few months ago)

Chip on July 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I live in Washington State. We have had to put up with “Tennis Shoe Patty” and her GREAT INTELLECT for 19 years now.

She once stated that Osama Bin Ladin was popular in Afghanistan because he paid for schools and day care.

Tennis Shoe Patty is the very definition of clueless.

The Rock on July 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

It sounds like a robo call that is supposed to sound like a personal call. Note that “she” never mentions the recipient by name.

It is still funny that even though they’re calling them the spawn of satan himself, they haven’t bothered to take them out of their fundraiser rolodex.

Voyager on July 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Dang, that should be:

(As explained by a denizen of Shorewood a few months ago)

Chip on July 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Chappy –

Too bad the return phone number was censored. Just think of the FUN we could all have!

“Fun” is merely a Google click away!

Half a DOZEN offices you can CALL!

Katfish on July 8, 2011 at 12:11 PM

If it’s hard to imagine a less enticing invitation than a chance to spend hot, sweltering days with people who routinely paint you as the devilthe ugliest woman in Washington State…

FIFY

KeepOhioRed on July 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM

If it’s hard to imagine a less enticing invitation than a chance to spend hot, sweltering days with people who routinely paint you as the devil, Koch Industries found it impossible.

The “retreat” is in September at gorgeous Kiawah Island. I would love a chance to spend days (or nights) there, sweltering or not – but not around a bunch of union-loving Democrats whose policies would kill the new jobs created by Boeing right next door in N. Charleston.

As I noted in the headlines, it would be nice if these non-unionized Boeing workers could do what the Lefties did to the Kochs, and protest the Dems when they arrive. Sadly it’s a gated island so they won’t be able to get near there – but maybe they could line the highway (state route 10-20) which is the only route into Kiawah. It would also be fun to film all the eeeevil corporate jets (and the poobah’s who use them) which undoubtedly will be coming in to Charleston Airport for the event.

Buy Danish on July 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Ah, the various symptoms of the liberal pathology: the knee-jerk hate-filled insta-enemies list and the need to take other people’s money.
Keep making enemies.
If liberals had a sense of shame or introspection, they’d be kinda embarrassed that on one hand, Walker won and things are apparently working well in Wisconsin and two, that they are begging for scratch from their (newly discovered in the last election cycle) enemy.
Get a brain, suckers.

joeindc44 on July 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Murray is desperately trying to retain her title as the dumbest Senator. She’s held that honor for a long time and is not about to give it up now.

RadClown on July 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

She is one of the dumbest people in the universe.

But how dumb are the suckers out there who have elected her to FOUR terms in the Senate now?

Adjoran on July 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM

If liberals had a sense of shame or introspection….

joeindc44 on July 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Then they wouldn’t be Liberals ( a misnomer anyways, since they hardly have any interest in liberty)

Chip on July 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

This is no oversight or error. Read between the lines folks. This is what it says: contribute campaign cash to us and we will stop the harassment and slander.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

This is no oversight or error. Read between the lines folks. This is what it says: contribute campaign cash to us and we will stop the harassment and slander.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM

True, true, true. It’s sad that good people are forced to see real ugliness. But, it’s the only way to confront and defeat it.

HomeoftheBrave on July 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

This post made my day.

Scrappy on July 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM

When speaking about Patty Murray, cluelessness is the operative word. For many of the other disgustocrats, the message is pure extortion — “Now that we’ve broken your kneecaps you need to fall in line, give us your cash, or end up at the bottom of the Hudson.”

ClanDerson on July 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I got a kick out of the comments at the link. Libs will attempt to justify anything.

Scrappy on July 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Kudos to the Koch brothers and their staff, well done. They have hit back on several occasions, and I hope they keep it up.

iurockhead on July 8, 2011 at 2:12 PM

As a trial lawyer, I will go up to “independent” witnesses called by the other side and ask them if they would be willing to talk to me about the case. They always refuse. When on the stand in front of the jury I remind him of his refusal to talk to me in the hallway. It demonstrates that the witness is not independent but rather biased towards one side.

Koch could have garnered some credibility by cutting a check.

tommylotto on July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Hey Murray….suck it!

Geministorm on July 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Koch could have garnered some credibility by cutting a check.

tommylotto on July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Huh?

Do you give a big tip to a waiter that you know spit in your soup?

Scrappy on July 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Koch could have garnered some credibility by cutting a check.

tommylotto on July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Are you high?

shibumiglass on July 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

it was an attempt at extortion, plain and simple.

chasdal on July 8, 2011 at 2:43 PM

God was not merciful when he created Patty Murray.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Koch could have garnered some credibility by cutting a check.

tommylotto on July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Either you’re joking or….is ya stoopid?

HomeoftheBrave on July 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM

tommylotto on July 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM

So, a defense attorney who needs to playing such games to influence the jury in favor of a guilty client. But you see, this isn’t a court case, and the Kochs have no need to play parlor tricks to hunt for sympathy. They do business, they make money. They spend their money as they choose, and it seems they do so wisely. Exactly what credibility, and with whom, are you suggesting they should crave, or should compromise their principles to attain?

Is that an ambulance I hear?

Freelancer on July 8, 2011 at 8:00 PM

As a past supporter?

Let that be a lesson to any productive person, who’s thinking of getting in bed with Marxist piece of garbage, in some lame attempt to grab onto a nipple of a crony capitalist government.

MNHawk on July 9, 2011 at 8:04 AM

“but I’m betting heavily on the former.”

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Me too.
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/sen-patty-murrays-worthless-stimulus-earmark/

diogenes on July 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM