Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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Senator Johnson Cozies Up to Foster Friess and the Koch Brothers

Johnson is more dependent than ever on the support of multi-millionaires and billionaires like Friess to prop up his campaign.

By - Aug 31st, 2016 09:57 am
Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson

MADISON — Looks like Senator Ron Johnson and the Koch Brothers relationship is stronger than ever. Three weeks ago a Koch network super PAC announced it planned to spend $1 million to get the brothers’ model legislator reelected. And Senator Johnson was sure to return the favor and stop by an event hosted by the Koch funded Libre Initiative. Libre is an arm of the Koch brothers’ political network, which has raised eyebrows for their data collection efforts. When the Koch brothers call, Senator Johnson answers. After all, when you’ve outsourced your campaign to special interests and super PACs you have to worry about their interests firsts.

But Senator Johnson cares about more than just the Koch Brothers, there are lots of millionaires and billionaires he depends on to bankroll his campaign. Last night he was in Wyoming for a fundraiser hosted by Foster Friess. Friess is infamous for his controversial opinions such as his suggestion that women should use aspirin for contraception and his close relationship with Frank Gaffney, the architect of Donald Trump‘s Muslim immigration ban. With Wisconsinites fed up with the Ronald and the Donald show, Johnson is more dependent than ever on the support of multi-millionaires and billionaires like Friess to prop up his campaign.

“The Koch brothers and outside groups have spent nearly $7 million to keep Senator Johnson in Washington, so it’s no surprise that when they say jump, Johnson says ‘how high.’ It’s sad that Senator Johnson prefers to fundraise in Wyoming than visit Wisconsin’s 72 counties. But it’s just another reminder that Johnson is more interested in the multi-millionaires who bankroll his campaign than with middle and working class Wisconsinites,” said Harry Hartfield, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

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