A lawmaker who is not buying the Kochs' agenda is Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA). He has been outspoken about the fact that the Kochs don't want to comply with environmental regulations that will affect their companies. Also interviewed in the film, Connolly states that the Kochs are "trying to destroy and prevent the EPA from doing its job and protecting the public." He adds, "That's a stunning development in American politics -- for years to come."
I researched several members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on OpenSecrets.org-Center for Responsive Politics. The Oil and Gas industries gave a total of $2,676,562 to members of the Committee, with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) garnering $236,750. (Koch Industries is based in Wichita.) The profile on Koch Industries, described as a "heavy hitter" in lobbying, led me to the elected officials who are their main recipients. Pompeo is at the beginning of the list, with the price tag of $90,000. Pompeo's personal page of top 20 contributors (Koch Industries is number one), explains how hired lobbyists and PACs distribute the collected funds.
There's plenty of information out there to show how currency is impacting the 2012 election. Just released by Common Cause is a report called "Toxic Spending." It outlines contributions from the chemical industry.
With the presidential election just days away, our country and our children deserve nothing less than the American public demanding accountability of those who threaten to poison their future.
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