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The New York Times just destroyed Fox News’ consistent efforts to downplay the impact that the Koch brothers are having on elections. 
In recent weeks, Fox News has repeatedly used a Center for Responsive Politics study examining total political donations between 1989 and 2014 to downplay conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch’s campaign spending.
Though the study noted that it was unable to count the amount of funding given to “politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity” — which is known to be Koch funded — because such groups have been able to hide details about their donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision and available information is incomplete, Fox eagerly highlighted the finding that political donations from the Koch brothers came in at 59th in overall political donations, according to available data.
Honest coverage of the campaign funding landscape would have noted the dramatic shift that has taken place since Citizens United was decided in 2010 and that long-term data does a poor job of capturing that change. As the New York Times reported today, the Kochs have already emerged as the “dominant force” in the 2014 races. The article highlighted not only AFP’s political spending, but the group’s extensive involvement in advertising, advocacy, and field organizing: 

Article: Fox Has Consistently Minimized Koch Campaign Funding, But The Truth Is Out

Image via New Corpse

The New York Times just destroyed Fox News’ consistent efforts to downplay the impact that the Koch brothers are having on elections. 

In recent weeks, Fox News has repeatedly used a Center for Responsive Politics study examining total political donations between 1989 and 2014 to downplay conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch’s campaign spending.

Though the study noted that it was unable to count the amount of funding given to “politically active dark money groups, like Americans for Prosperity” — which is known to be Koch funded — because such groups have been able to hide details about their donors in the wake of the Citizens United decision and available information is incomplete, Fox eagerly highlighted the finding that political donations from the Koch brothers came in at 59th in overall political donations, according to available data.

Honest coverage of the campaign funding landscape would have noted the dramatic shift that has taken place since Citizens United was decided in 2010 and that long-term data does a poor job of capturing that change. As the New York Times reported today, the Kochs have already emerged as the “dominant force” in the 2014 races. The article highlighted not only AFP’s political spending, but the group’s extensive involvement in advertising, advocacy, and field organizing: 

Article: Fox Has Consistently Minimized Koch Campaign Funding, But The Truth Is Out

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