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Koch lobbyist says brothers won’t be ‘intimidated or silenced’ by Obama aides

{mosads}“It’s been an evolving conversation,” a campaign official said, according to ABC News. “We’ve been watching throughout the course of the Republican primary process, the most recent filing deadline and the Koch brothers conference and what’s been coming out of that: a half billion dollars to defeat the president.”

David and Charles Koch have been prolific donors to conservative and libertarian causes, reportedly pledging $100 million to defeat Obama in the 2012 election.

But Ellender argued that the president’s rhetoric was only intended to preserve a fundraising disadvantage the Koch’s hoped to counteract.

“t is worth noting that President Obama outraised and outspent his opponent by hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2008 Presidential campaign, relying in large part on the same corporate executive funding sources whose productivity, business practices, and profitability he pretends to denounce,” Ellender said. “Apparently, the President and his allies do not want to lose that perceived fundraising advantage during the 2012 Presidential campaign, and are trying to intimidate into silence those who may disagree with them and who may decide to support other candidates.”

Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, said in a note to supporters Monday evening that Obama’s team did not want to “play by two sets of rules.”

“With so much at stake, we can’t allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm,” Messina wrote. “Therefore, the campaign has decided to do what we can, consistent with the law, to support Priorities USA in its effort to counter the weight of the GOP Super PAC.”

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