Hey Libs! Want $200 In Koch Bucks?

The Colorado Springs Gazette’s political blog reports on a mailing list-building gimmick from the nationwide conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity’s Colorado chapter, who is apparently giving away five (count ’em) $200 prepaid gas cards to five lucky winners who provide the group with their contact information:

Jesse Mallory, the conservative organization’s state director and the former chief of staff to the state Senate Republicans, announced the giveaway Tuesday afternoon.

“While legislators have been hard at work trying to find ways to make Coloradans pay more at the pump, we’ve been spending time looking for ways to help struggling families,” he said. “We decided to offer $200 gas cards to five families to help pay for the legislature’s gas tax proposal.

Now first of all, five $200 gift cards adds up to a whopping $1,000 total budget for this promotion, and in an era where millions of Americans are getting economic relief checks this comes across as a bit, well, cheap–especially given how lavishly AFP is funded by its nationwide network of well-heeled donors. If Charles Koch and friends wanted to make a real splash in opposition to the state’s $4 billion transportation plan, they’d give away 5,000 $200 gift cards not five. And they could afford it.

At the same time, to adjust the old saying for inflation, $200 is $200! We’re not going to give you $200, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least let our readers know where to sign up. Make sure not to unsubscribe until you find out if you win.

Are we diluting the effectiveness of this conservative list-building exercise by publicizing it outside AFP’s regular studio audience? Probably.

Feel bad all the way to the bank, readers.

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Why would I sign up if they are not telling me what brand of gas card?

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    one winner per city

    Take that, libs. Rural real Colorado is going to get all the Koch goods crumbs on this one. 

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Biden's kryptonite to this Koch bullshit… we've been trickled on far too long. 

    Biden’s big bet: He’s found the kryptonite that will defeat Trumpism

    You can’t miss the nostalgia about the economy between World War II and the subsequent neoliberal revolution. The summary cites the vast public investments and national projects that buoyed that economy, while blaming public under-investment for debilitating America since.

    The plan “will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race,” the summary vows, lamenting that “public domestic investment as a share of the economy has fallen by more than 40 percent since the 1960s.”

    Economist Mike Konczal notes that Trumpism has multiple elements. It involved a plutocratic sellout of the public interest — via vast high-end tax cuts for the rich and a deregulatory spree that showered benefits on employers and corporations.

    But this vision fails workers, because it “doesn’t actually provide real security,” Konczal told me, and won’t accept that our capitalist order cannot address the “large-scale market failures that only the public can address.”

    “Ultimately, it points all our resources in the wrong direction,” said Konczal, the author of a book on the need for a robust new progressive economics.

    “The real problem is capitalism writ large," Konczal told me, "which does not invest sufficiently in the infrastructure the public needs, does not invest in family security and the also-necessary infrastructure of care work, and cannot handle large-scale challenges like climate change.”

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