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CAUGHT ON SECRET TAPE: MITCH MCCONNELL OUTLINES ANTI-KENTUCKY AGENDA TO RAISE MONEY FOR HIS PARTY


LOUISVILLE – According to a new secret recording obtained by The Nation, Mitch McConnell revealed his true quest for power. In the secretive closed-door meeting with wealthy special interest backers, he outlined how he plans to hurt Kentucky families and pander to millionaires and billionaires. On issues like raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and helping Kentuckians with college affordability, McConnell promised his party’s rich backers that he stands with them, no matter the cost to Kentuckians and this nation.

On the issues important to Kentuckians:

  • MINIMUM WAGE: Mitch McConnell has voted against raising Kentuckians’ wages over 17 times;
  • UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: McConnell has blocked extending unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Kentuckians repeatedly;
  • STUDENT LOANS: Just this summer, McConnell blocked a measure that woud have helped over 360,000 Kentuckians find student loan relief.

30 years is long enough – Kentuckians deserve better.


BACKGROUND:

IN SECRET MEETING, MCCONNELL THANKED HIS TOP DONORS AND THE KOCH BROTHERS FOR “RALLYING…TO THE CAUSE”…

McConnell Thanked The Koch Brothers For “Rallying…To The Cause.” McConnell said in a meeting, “I want to start by thanking you and I want to start by thanking you, Charles and David for the important work you’re doing. I don’t know where we’d be without you, and um, and I want (inaudible) for rallying, uh, to the cause.” [Lady Libertine, 8/26/14]

McConnell Has Received Over $40,000 From The Koch Network Of PACs. In August 2014, The Nation wrote, “McConnell is running against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a close contest that could determine which party controls the Senate. Total spending in the race is expected to exceed $100 million, which would make it the most expensive Senate election in history. As of July 21, PACs and individuals affiliated with Koch Industries have given at least $41,800 to McConnell’s campaign committee in this election cycle—a figure that does not include any funding to outside groups that could spend heavily in the race’s closing weeks.” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

…AND MCCONNELL THEN PROMISED HIS DONORS THAT HE WOULD OPPOSE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES, AND WOULD “[DECLAW] DODD-FRANK.”
 
“Wall Street Was The Number One Contributor To McConnell’s Campaign,” In Return He Promised He’d “[Declaw] Dodd-Frank Regulation.” In August 2014, The Nation wrote, “McConnell’s pledge to ‘go after’ Democrats on financial services—a reference to declawing Dodd-Frank regulation—is a key omission from his Politico interview. He has been a vocal opponent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in particular, and presumably under his Senate leadership, funding for the CFPB would be high on the list of riders for the appropriations chopping block. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Wall Street was the number one contributor to McConnell’s campaign committee from 2009 to 2014.” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

“In Front Of An Audience Comprised Of Wealthy Donors,” McConnell Was “Quite Proud Of His Legislative Record” To Block Unemployment Insurance And Oppose A Minimum Wage Increase. The Nation reported, “McConnell himself seems quite proud of this legislative record, at least in front of an audience comprised of wealthy donors. After he lays out his agenda to shrink the federal government ‘across the board,’ McConnell says: ‘And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage (inaudible)—cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment—that’s a great message for retirees; uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.’” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

McConnell Vows To Not Work On A Minimum Wage Increase, Unemployment Insurance Extension, And Student Loans. McConnell said in a recording obtained by The Nation, “And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage (inaudible)—cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment—that’s a great message for retirees; uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

IN SECRET MEETING, MCCONNELL DECRIED CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, ENCOURAGED UNLIMITED DONATIONS THROUGH KOCH BROTHERS.

McConnell Touts Citizens United And Says “You Can Give To Americans For Prosperity.” McConnell said in a recording obtained by The Nation, “So all Citizens United did was to level the playing field for corporate speech…We now have, I think, the most free and open system we’ve had in modern times. The Supreme Court allowed all of you to participate in the process in a variety of different ways. You can give to the candidate of your choice. You can give to Americans for Prosperity, or something else, a variety of different ways to push back against the party of government.” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

McConnell Called Bush Signing McCain-Feingold “The Worst Day of My Political Life.” The Nation reported, “‘The worst day of my political life was when President George W. Bush signed McCain-Feingold into law in the early part of his first Administration.’ To put that in perspective, Mitch McConnell’s 35-year career in the Senate saw the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans, the 2008 housing meltdown that threatened the entire economy and Barack Obama’s election, to cite a conservative bête noire. But it was McCain-Feingold, the bill that banned soft money and unlimited donations to party committees, that constitutes the worst day of his political life.” [The Nation, 8/26/14]

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