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Scott Walker is the Kochs' Model Governor

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Also see: Secret audio nails Scott Walker! A humiliating suck-up to the Koch brothers,” Salon, Aug. 28, 2014

“… Walker has, since his 2010 gubernatorial run, been a top recipient of campaign contributions from the Kochs. …”

Scott Walker is a model governor. Not in every sense, as critics of the Wisconsin Republican’s anti-labor extremism, ethical lapses and failed experiments with economic austerity will remind you. But he is certainly a model governor in the eyes of billionaire conservative donors David and Charles Koch and their acolytes. This reality has led 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates who seek the billionaire blessing — so essential for conservative politicians in state races — to make reverential references to Walker when appealing to the Koch brothers.

Secret tapes of a June summit of wealthy donors organized by the Kochs reveal that top Republican gubernatorial prospects — including Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts and Arizona’s Doug Ducey — appeared before the group, as did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a cavalcade of right-wing Senate candidates that included Iowan Joni Ernst, Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton and Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner. All were solicitous. But few were so blunt as Ducey, a wealthy former business executive who thanked the Kochs directly while declaring, “I have been coming to this conference for years. It’s been very inspirational.”

Ducey did not stop there.

On the tape, which was obtained by The Undercurrent and shared exclusively with The Nation, he made it clear that he is all about lining up with Walker: “So uh, in this business, you’re known by the company you keep, and uh, we’re proud that we’re off to a fast start. Uh, we’re proud that Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin has come out and endorsed our campaign.”

Walker endorsed two candidates in seriously contested Republican primaries for governorships this year. Both of them appeared at the Koch brothers session in June: Arizona’s Ducey and Nebraska’s Ricketts. Like Ducey, Ricketts raves about Walker and has hailed the Wisconsin governor as “a true leader in the Republican Party” because he “stood up to the big government union bosses.”

Ducey and Ricketts are well aware that Walker did not stand alone.

Walker has, since his 2010 gubernatorial run, been a top recipient of campaign contributions from the Kochs, and a beneficiary of the “independent” campaigns of Koch-fueled groups such as Americans for Prosperity. The Koch-Walker connection runs deep. “We’re helping him, as we should. We’ve gotten pretty good at this over the years,” David Koch said when Walker faced a recall election in 2012. “We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.”

Of course, Wisconsin is just one state. The Koch brothers and their allied millionaires and billionaires don’t simply spend money in the Badger state; they spend money wherever they find Republican candidates who are in the Walker mold. Indeed, the executive director of the Republican Governors Association told the secret June gathering organized by the Kochs, “We’ve really had no stronger partner over the last four years than Americans for Prosperity.”

The RGA’s Phil Cox talked — in another recording obtained by The Undercurrent and shared with The Huffington Post — about how vital money from the Koch brothers and their wealthy allies has been when it comes to advancing the initiative with which Walker has been most closely associated: the “divide-and-conquer” fight to undermine collective bargaining rights for public employees and to weaken the teacher unions.

Jabs at those teacher unions — and at unions in general — were among the biggest applause lines as Cox outlined plans to elect governors who share the Walker vision.

But where do the next union-busting governors come from? That was an important focus of the mid-June summit that the Kochs organized at Dana Point, Calif. Republican gubernatorial candidates need the checks that are written by the Kochs and their allies, and the independent expenditures that the billionaires fund. And so the candidates came to the Dana Point summit begging.

The tape shared by The Undercurrent with The Nation illustrates how gubernatorial candidates appealed for the blessing of both the Kochs and the network of wealthy donors that moves money not just to sustain specific campaigns but to fund “independent” projects such as an Arizona primary-season ad blitz highlighting Walker’s endorsement of Ducey.

As Ducey told the Koch brothers’ summit on June 16, “I can’t emphasize enough the power of organizations like this.”

Why does the Koch power matter so much? That’s easy. The policies that governors like Walker have outlined and implemented are not popular. Despite an $18 million investment by the RGA and its allies in Walker’s Wisconsin experiment, Cox acknowledged at the Koch summit that the governor has no easy route to re-election. “This is a race we’re going to have to be engaged in right on until the end,” he said of this year’s contest in Wisconsin, which the latest Marquette Law School Poll ranks as dead even.

The same goes for Arizona, where a Real Clear Politics analysis of recent polls rates the race between Ducey and Democrat Fred DuVal as a toss-up.

That explains why, when he arrived in California to beg the favor of the Kochs, Ducey laid it on thick — hailing Scott Walker to the crowd that used its money to make the Wisconsinite a Republican rock star. Echoing one of Walker’s favorite themes, he reminded the room full of big money, “The real action is in the governor’s office.”

John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times. jnichols@madison.com and @NicholsUprising

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will release details of the bill Friday. The legislation will be offered in mid-November, when Congress returns to session following the midterm elections.

Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., said they will propose a similar bill in the Senate.

The Social Security Administration on Thursday issued its most emphatic statement on the subject, declaring “We don’t believe these individuals should be getting these benefits.” The agency, the statement added, is “available and ready to provide technical assistance to proposals” to end the payments.

The AP’s investigation, published Sunday, has triggered outrage on Capitol Hill, in the editorial pages of newspapers across the country, and from the White House. Maloney said her congressional office has received dozens of calls in the last few days. “People are approaching me at events and indicating that they want to see the bill passed – and quickly,” Maloney said. She has also demanded that the inspectors general at the Justice Department and Social Security Administration conduct an “immediate investigation” into the benefits payments.

“It is simply perverse that these criminals have been able to live comfortably abroad thanks to the American taxpayer,” Schumer said.

Casey credited the AP with revealing “a gross injustice” and said he’s hopeful that “Democrats and Republicans will come together to fix this problem in the very near future.”

The Justice Department used a legal loophole to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. in exchange for Social Security benefits, the AP found. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before being deported, they could keep their Social Security benefits.

The Justice Department denied using Social Security payments as a tool for expelling Nazi suspects. The department is “open to considering proposals addressing this issue,” according to spokesman Peter Carr.

The Republican chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security and the panel’s top Democrat announced plans Thursday for a separate bill that would stop the payments and also require the Social Security Administration to produce a report on the number of Nazis whose benefits have been terminated.

“By leaving the country voluntarily, instead of being deported, these murderers were able to keep their benefits,” said the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas. “Congress must stop these benefit payments now.”

The legislation to be unveiled by Maloney and Chaffetz would deny federal public benefits such as Social Security to individuals who participated in the Nazis’ persecution of Jews and other civilians during World War II. The bill would end benefits relatively quickly — within 60 days of an immigration judge’s order declaring a Nazi persecutor “to be ineligible for any public benefit and prohibiting any person from providing such a benefit.” Suspects who lose their benefits could seek a review of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Schumer has for years sought to close the loophole. In the 1980s, when he was in the House, he said the loophole was “often used as a basis to plea bargain.” Yet attempts to shut off the benefits failed, due in part to opposition from the Justice Department. The law enforcement agency argued that closing the loophole would undermine its ability to remove Nazi suspects as quickly as possible to countries that would prosecute them.