A fascinating article in The Palm Beach Post describes how billionaire David Koch talked about his work to help Gov. Scott Walker while hosting a recent cancer research fundraiser at his Florida mansion
Koch and his brother, Charles, are major funders of Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative advocacy group that has been running "It's working" television ads in Wisconsin in support of Walker's policies.
"We're helping him, as we should. We've gotten pretty good at this over the years," David Koch is quoted as saying about Walker. "We've spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We're going to spend more.
The State Journal reported earlier this month that Americans for Prosperity had spent at least $700,000 on the series of commercials in support of Walker's policies as he fights a recall effort against him.
About a year ago, a blogger named Ian Murphy prank called Walker pretending to be David Koch. At the time, Koch told a reporter that he didn't even know the Wisconsin governor's name.
It seems Koch has since become a big Walker fan.
"What Scott Walker is doing with the public unions in Wisconsin is critically important. He's an impressive guy and he's very courageous," Koch told reporters. "If the unions win the recall, there will be no stopping union power."
The Palm Beach Post article also talks about death threats Koch has received, as well as his dedication to funding cancer research.
Wisconsin Democrats promptly slammed Koch's involvement in Wisconsin politics.
"I think I speak for most Wisconsinites when I say to David Koch, 'Get out of Wisconsin and take Scott Walker's dangerous agenda with you,'" Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Monday.