Mother Jones reports
WESTERMAN TEAM: Stevens, Westerman, James (from left).
on the association of 4th District Republican congressional candidate Bruce Westerman
with a consulting firm affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers
, Aegis Strategic. The firm aims to "groom" free-market-minded candidates, the article says.
We'd mentioned this potential link months ago,
after Westerman tweeted a photo of himself with his "campaign team," K. Ryan James
and Brad Stevens
, Aegis' director of candidate identification..
Mother Jones notes that Westerman rise to House Republican majority leader was aided in no small part by huge sums spent by the Kochs, including through their Arkansas affiliate of the Americans for Prosperity
, to elect a Republican majority in the Arkansas legislature. Westerman stayed true to a pet Koch cause by bitterly opposing the private option implementation of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
His "30 pieces of silver" closing speech was aimed at Republicans who'd joined the private option effort.
Westerman faces Tommy Moll
in the Republican primary. General election opponents include Democrat James Lee Witt.
Writes Mother Jones:
Both of Aegis' two congressional clients also have received financial support from Kochworld. Garcia received a $2,500 donation from Koch Industries' political action committee, two $2,500 checks from AFP-New Hampshire's Greg Moore, and $250 from Alan Philp, whom Aegis lists as its chief operating officer. Westerman also got a $250 check from Philp.
Now, after AFP helped Westerman succeed in Arkansas, another offshoot of the Koch political operation is working to send him to Washington.