The PJ Tatler

Audio: Sen. Patty Murray (D) asks the Kochs for money

It’s perfectly okay to savor the irony of the Democratic Party asking for money from the very people it has made liberals’ top villains.The Kochs themselves seem to be enjoying it.


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.

Here’s the voicemail. Sen. Murray’s invitation for the Kochs to join the Democrats at a soiree in South Carolina really is a nice touch.


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