Barack Obama started the new year with an attack ad targeting the Koch brothers.
Days after the Koch brothers’-funded PAC released an ad critical of President Obama and Solyndra, Obama’s re-election campaign has released its first TV ad to fight back.
As The Caucus reports, “The Obama campaign responded hastily. It placed orders for television time on Wednesday, telling broadcast stations that it wanted the advertising on the air immediately. Typically, stations require more than a day’s notice.”
A voiceover says, “Secretive oil billionaires attacking President Obama with ads fact checkers say are not tethered to the facts”—a reference to the billionaire, Tea Party-loving Koch brothers who have funded the PAC Americans for Prosperity. The ad mentions how Obama has created 2.7 million clean energy jobs, reduced dependence on foreign oil and says his record on ethics is “unprecedented,” ending with, “President Obama. Kept his promise to toughen ethics rules and strengthen America’s energy economy.”
Recently a spokesman for Koch industries responded to the latest attacks on the wealthy brothers.
“We will exercise our First Amendment rights and not be intimidated or silenced by the President’s aides and his allies who criticize private citizens that disagree with the President’s policies.”
It’s not the first time the Obama administration has attacked the Koch brothers. In fact Obama’s pursuit of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers is has been compared to McCarthyism at its worst or Richard Nixon’s enemies list.
And Obama’s leftist army has responded in kind. The Koch brothers have received hundreds of threats of violence including death threats since Barack Obama declared war on the businessmen.
The Wichita Eagle reported, via Power Line:
Charles Koch, his brother and employees have in recent months been getting death threats, hundreds of obscenity-laced hate messages, and harassment from some far left-wing groups, Koch said on Thursday. …
“I hope you all DIE,” one e-mail, received last year, said. “You people are ruining our country, and all for $$$.” “Choose your expiration Date, Brothers…” said another. “The Koch brothers will DIE!!!!!” said another.
There were hundreds more — some from Wisconsin, where the Kochs were accused of aiding Gov. Scott Walker in his disputes against unions. Most of them were signed with what appear to be real names, many contained obscenities, and some Koch employees said these messages had made them nervous.
Of course, the fact that the left is hurling death threats against conservative business leaders surprises no one.