Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Breaking news: Secret recordings were just leaked from a private meeting between the Koch brothers, Mitch McConnell, and other Republican donors and Senate candidates. We're rushing to produce ads now so voters hear the disturbing recordings—can you chip in?

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Dear MoveOn member,

Breaking news: Early this morning, secret recordings were leaked from a private meeting between the Koch brothers and some of the top Republicans in the country—including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican nominees for Senate in pivotal election states like Iowa and Colorado.1

There are some deeply troubling comments in the audio that's been leaked—including Mitch McConnell gushing to the Koch brothers, "I don't know where we'd be without you"; McConnell boasting over the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions; and ominous declarations of what Republicans will do if they take the Senate in November:

We're going to go after [the President and Democrats generally] on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board ... All across the federal government, we're going to go after it.2

There's more. This could be Mitch McConnell's 47% moment—just as Mitt Romney was undone by the leaks of his controversial remarks where he called 47% of Americans "mooches" and "victims." This is a golden opportunity to make sure the American public understands just how extreme and out-of-touch the leadership of the Republican Party is—and how beholden to these right-wing billionaires they've become.

We're putting together ads NOW that feature these recordings. We'll air them in Kentucky—where voters are already skeptical of McConnell. And we'll add in other key Senate-race states like Colorado and Iowa if we have enough resources. This could become a pivotal moment. Will you help us rush ads onto the air tomorrow—to catch the story while the media is just tuning in?

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Jo, Ai'yinah, Ilya, and the rest of the team


1. "Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)," The Nation, August 26, 2014

2. Ibid.

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