Unbelievable. Rep. Mike Schaufler has taken $3000 from Koch Industries - the multinational chemical conglomerate run by right-wing billionaires Charles and David Koch. I think it's fair to say that Schaufler has lost his last remaining shred of credibility with Democrats.
If that outrages you as much as it does me, I hope you'll donate to his Democratic primary opponent, Jeff Reardon, right here. Let's see if we can match (or beat!) the donation. It's bad enough when Republicans take money from the Koch Brothers. But Democrats? Unacceptable.
Incidentally, the Oregonian this morning endorsed Jeff Reardon.
The Working Families Party weighed in on the Koch donation, too:
“Mike Schaufler has completely sold out his values and the working families of District 48 by taking $3000 from the two brothers who have single-handedly made it their mission to dismantle all unions and buy elections for their favored candidates,” said Working Families Party State Director Steve Hughes. “As some of the most strident voices in America today, the Koch Brothers have apparently found an Oregon ally in Mike Schaufler. Mike now consistently votes with the Wall Street banks and is funded by corporate special interests across the country.
“This should give every working person in Oregon pause to ask which side is Mike Schaufler really on?”
Despite having lost significant union support during this election cycle, Mike Schaufler still claims to be the “labor candidate” in the race for House District 48. However, labor leaders were shocked by the news that Mike Schaufler had taken money from the notoriously anti-union Koch brothers.
“For Mike Schaufler to claim to represent working people and then take money from the Koch brothers is just a flat out insult to our nearly 20,000 members,” said Jeff Anderson the Secretary Treasurer of the United Food and Commercial Workers, the largest private sector union in the state. “It’s bad enough Mike sided with big banks and big business last session. Now he’s bellied up to one of the most right wing, anti-family, and anti-worker groups out there.”
Seriously, donate to Jeff Reardon right now. It's crunch time.
Update: The Working Families Party has organized a petition to demand that Rep. Schaufler return the donation from Koch Industries. Sign it here.