NEW YORK — Republican congressman Vito Fossella, long derided by progressives as ‘Bush’s rubber stamp’ is running for re-election. According to watchdog group Truth 13 Fossella is low on funds and his campaign is vulnerable. On April 21 billionaire oil baron David H. Koch hosted a fundraiser to help Fossella’s faltering campaign. The guest of honor at Koch’s upper east side home was another unpopular republican - Vice President Dick Cheney.
Citing Cheney’s support of torture and Koch’s record of legal difficulties - Koch Industries is responsible for more than 300 oil spills in five states and was accused of fraudulent reporting by a 1989 U.S. Senate Committee on Investigations - an array of activists held a protest outside the fundraiser.
Here is some background on the Koch Family Foundations and what they fund, including the conservative think tanks, Cato, Heritage, Reason, and Hudson. More on how the insider game works here. Still, I am betting on the protesters, Raging Grannies, Code Pink, Peace Action, The World Can't Wait, Movement for a Democratic Society and Filthy Rich for Fossella to prevail.