When people heard Sarah Palin had endorsed Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate,
it was not surprising if you knew that Lonegan’s opponent was an African American candidate.
If you knew that Rand Paul and the witty Rick Perry had endorsed Lonegan too, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. Palin is so passionate about this Senate race in New Jersey, that she has now announced that she will travel to New Jersey to campaign for Lonegan.
Lonegan is anti-choice, anti-immigration, anti-LGBT rights , and an outspoken opponent of the science behind climate change. Palin has specifically cited his“prior experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur that encouraged him to lead with conservative principles.”
Lonegan has confirmed that he favors elimination of three branches of government, but he remembered the names of all three…the Department of Education, Department of Commerce, and the EPA. Maybe that’s what Rick Perry found appealing about Lonegan…he could remember all three.
Lonegan has suggested that it is not the pollution of New Jersey’s water that causes people not to swim, but dead bodies floating in the water.
It is however Lonegan’s employment by the Koch Brother’s that is the most frightening part of his background. From 2007 to 2013, Lonegan worked for the Koch brothers through their tax-exempt group Americans for Prosperity.That organization worked to fight “unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship.”
In keeping with the Koch brothers position on various issues, Lonegan, a two-time loser for the position of New Jersey governor, has promoted his ideasthat:
1. Climate science is “silly hysteria.”
2. There should be no “amnesty” for undocumented workers, even though he has hired them himself.
3. He has demanded a boycott of McDonald’s after posting an ad in Spanish. Thus he opposes all languages, other than English, from even being spoken in America.
4. His campaign tweeted a racist “map” of Newark.
However it is his six year history as an employee for the Koch brothers that is the most frightening part of his background. The many bad acts of the Koch Brothers could fill several volumes. Just a few representative samples of their wrongdoings includes:
1. Koch fired its own employee who was charged with investigation into illegal bribes made by its Koch-Glitsch affiliate in France. Koch’s own investigators substantiated the truth of the findings of Egorova-Farines, but she was fired for reporting something unfavorable to the company.
2. Fred Koch was adviser to the founter of the John Birch Society which fought against civil rights .
3. When David Koch ran on the Libertarian ticket for Vice President he pledged to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve System, welfare, minimum wage and Federal agencies including the Department of Energy, the FBI, and the CIA.
4. Koch has been found to have been involved in making bribes to win business in Africa, India, and the Middle East. They have sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a sponsor of global terrorism. In spite of a U.S. ban on trade with Iran, the Koch Brothers made the sales through foreign subsidiaries, lied to regulators and avoided EPA regulations, which resulted in five criminal convictions.
5. From 1999 through 2003, Koch Industries was assessed more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments. In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by failing to accurately report the amount of crude it was extracting. Koch paid a $25 million settlement to the U.S. Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method.
6. In 1999, a Texas jury imposed a $296 million verdict on a Koch pipeline unit — the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history. It was the company’s negligence that caused a butane gas pipeline to rupture and explode, killing two teens.
7. Sally Barnes-Soliz, reported that when she worked for Koch, her bosses and a company lawyer at the Koch refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, asked her to falsify data for a report to the state on uncontrolled emissions of benzene, a known cause of cancer. Barnes-Soliz, who testified to a federal grand jury, says she refused to alter the numbers.
“They didn’t know what to do with me,” she says. “They were really kind of baffled that I had ethics.”
Koch’s refinery unit pleaded guilty in 2001 to a federal felony charge of lying to regulators and paid $20 million in fines and penalties.
To describe the behavior of the Koch brothers as “lawless” is an understatement.
It is a former employee of the lawless Koch brothers that Sarah Palin feels so passionately about that she plans to travel to New Jersey to attempt to help him become a part of the dysfunction in Washington. For me, I’ve seen enough of the destructive and outrageous behavior of people like Ted Cruz that Sarah Palin supports. I’ve made a contribution to the campaign of Mr. Booker. If you are so inclined, here is his web site.