Campaign 2010

Jun 25, 2014

DC Special Interests Revel in Stefanik’s Primary Win

After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to boost their handpicked protégé, now Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and the Koch Brothers are celebrating that Elise Stefanik is the Republican nominee. Career political operative Elise Stefanik has proven her loyalty to the Washington, D.C. special interests and they were eager to rally around her because they know she will be a reliable rubberstamp for their irresponsible agenda that would put big oil and the ultra-wealthy ahead of middle class families and seniors.

“The Washington D.C. special interests must be elated to have their protégé Elise Stefanik ready to carry the torch,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, and the Koch Brothers stopped at nothing to get Stefanik as their nominee because they know she will be a rubberstamp for their irresponsible agenda that would put big oil and the ultra-wealthy ahead of middle class families and seniors.”

BACKGROUND:

Stefanik Received a $5,000 Campaign Contribution from KochPAC. In May 2014, Elise for Congress received a $5,000 contribution from Koch Industries Inc. PAC [FEC.gov, accessed 6/24/14]

American Crossroads spent more than $760,000 opposing Matt Doheny. American Crossroads, founded by Karl Rove, has spent $764,081 on advertisements opposing Matt Doheny and boosting Elise Stefanik in the 2014 primary election for New York’s 21st congressional district. [Glens Falls Post-Star, 6/21/14]

Rep. Paul Ryan headlined a fundraiser for Elise Stefanik. In June 2014, House Budget Committee Chairman and former vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan headlined a fundraiser for Elise Stefanik’s congressional campaign in Watertown. [TWC News, 6/2/14]

New York Times: Republican Budget Would Lower Taxes for the Wealthy While Raising Taxes on the Middle Class by $2,000. “The budget lowers the top tax rate to 25 percent for the wealthiest taxpayers, down from the current 39.6 percent, while raising taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of $2,000.” [New York Times Editorial, 4/01/14

Republican Budget Would Protect $45 Billion in Subsidies for Big Oil.  “His budget would also protect $45 billion in tax subsidies over 10 years to oil companies, the top five of which are already reaping $93 billion in profits from 2013 alone.” [Center for American Progress, 4/01/14]