Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown Begs David Koch For Money

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has seen his Republican Senate majority cut from 5 votes to 1 vote.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker isn’t the only one indebted to the Koch brothers for his political success — and asking for more. At the public dedication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David H. Koch Integrative Cancer Institute last Friday, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA, who occupies the late Ted Kennedy’s seat) effusively thanked conservative billionaire David Koch for supporting his election in 2010 and made a plea for help in his re-election campaign next year. Koch directly gave the National Republican Senatorial Committee $30,400 in November 2009, and the Koch Industries PAC threw in $15,000 to NRSC plus $5,000 more directly to Brown right before Brown’s special election. In the video exchange, Brown thanks Koch and his wife Julia (off-camera) for their support, saying “I can certainly use it again.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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