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Letters- $75 million spent in negative campaigning

August 30, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To The Editor:

Some $75 million in negative campaigning is the total spent by three self-serving billionaires. They include H.L. Hunt, oilman; David Koch, industrial conglomerate;

Charles Koch, industrial conglomerate.

They pour tens of millions of dollars into political organizations and think tanks, for example: Americans for Prosperity, Cato Institute, Federalist Society, Freedom Works and Heritage Foundation.

They also donate to colleges with the intent to influence the selection of professors and teaching staff. The Koch brothers have the ability to take an unknown executive with their radical political beliefs and elect that person governor of a state. They have enough money to buy an office as important as a governorship.

They are powerful on the lobbying front as big time players. What is so harmful is their unrelenting attacks on the middle class. They have pushed candidates with policies that have:

Given huge tax cuts to corporations

Defunded states' healthcare systems

Weakened environmental protections

Sold off publicly owned utilities in a no bid process

Cult workers' rights and taken away collective bargaining

Privatized government functions, for example prisons in FL.

In 2010 corporate spending will have a negative influence on our elections. It has the potential to give divided government, ultimately producing more of the gridlock we have just witnessed in Washington. Is that what we need? Should we allow the big three to buy elections? Should we allow them to buy the presidency in 2012?

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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