Did David Koch Buy the VP Nomination for Paul Ryan?

Roger Stone

Via Shawn Russell at Dailykos, former Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone claims to have learned from “sources” that Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his VP at the behest of David Koch, who promised in return to donate another $100 million to the Romney/Ryan cause. Stone writes at his blog The Stone Zone:

I’ve waited a few days to lay out my analysis of the selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot on the Romney ticket. Unlike politicos like Dick Morris who bad-mouths the selection privately and shills for it publicly, I’ll tell you what I really think. My sources tell me David Koch played a key role in Ryan’s selection and that Koch’s wife Julia had been quietly lobbying for Ryan. The selection was cemented at the July 22nd fundraiser Koch held for Romney at the former’s sumptuous Hamptons estate.

Koch pledged $100 million more to C-4 and Super PAC efforts for Romney for Ryan’s selection.

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but even Joe Conason has weighed in on it. According to Conason:

Any such transaction would represent a serious violation of federal election laws and perhaps other statutes, aside from the ethical and character implications for all concerned. Although Stone is not the most reputable figure, to put it mildly, he has been a Republican insider, with access to the party’s top figures, over four decades. His credentials date back to Nixon’s Committee to Reelect The President and continue through the Reagan White House, the hard-fought Bush campaigns, and the Florida fiasco in 2000, when he masterminded the “Brooks Brothers riot” that shut down the Bush-Gore recount in Miami-Dade. Peruse his site and you’ll see his greatest hits and the attention he has drawn from major publications.

I’ve known Roger personally for years and always considered him intelligent and amusing; also extremely dangerous and even erratic. Sometimes I’ve been surprised by how much he knows about the inner-most workings of his party – even when he is clearly persona non grata among the current power elite. 

Conason says there is a “ring of candor in Stone’s story.” As Conason notes, Roger Stone may have scores to settle with the Republican Party, which he left early this year to register as a Libertarian. Here is what Stone wrote at the time:

To real conservatives the freedom of the individual is paramount. No one should be able to tell you what you can eat, drink, smoke, or marry, or what kind of gun you can own. We don’t want to be snooped on by an all-knowing big brother government. That is the essence of liberty. The Republican Party has become both a party of big government and also an authoritarian party that would tell us how to live.

That the Republican Party can only produce Mitt Romney, who was an independent during the Reagan-Bush years (and only converted to conservatism after serving one term as governor, never intending to run for re-election while always planning to run for president), Newt Gingrich, a thrice-married egomaniac with delusions of grandeur and Rick Santorum, a religious fanatic, who would tell other people how to live, as presidential candidates proves the GOP may be going the way as the Whigs.

As Conason noted, Stone is a wingnut and unpredictable, but he knows everyone in the Republican Party–he was an insider’s insider. He worked for Nixon’s Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP), and worked in the campaigns of every Republican President since Nixon and served as Senior Adviser to Jack Kemp. Stone was accused of being involved in the Willie Horton ads for Bush I, and he is believed to have been the organizer of the “Brooks Brothers Riot” during the Florida recount in 2000.

In 2008, Stone founded Citizens United Not Timid in 2008. He formed the group in order to slime Hillary Clinton (note the initials in the name), and it ultimately morphed into the infamous Citizens United.

In his blog post, Stone wrote of his distaste for Paul Ryan’s claim of being a libertarian. He even criticized Ryan’s wardrobe!

The idea of Paul Ryan as a libertarian is a joke. Ryan is a big government, Washington DC Republican who votes to fund foreign interventionism and the erosion of our civil liberties. Ryan began his political career as an acolyte of one of my heroes, Rep. Jack Kemp. Yet Ryan has wandered far from Kemp’s genuine concern about the poor and disadvantaged. Ryan has become more of a faux deficit hawk and less of a pro-growth proponent.

Then there is the question of Ryan’s clothes. I’m not sure if he gets his threads from the Salvation Army or the Goodwill. His suits are too large as are his dress shirts. He appears to be wearing a plastic belt. The Romney team should enlist supply-side guru Larry Kudlow to coach Ryan, not on economics but on how to dress.

It could be that Stone’s admiration for Jack Kemp is at the root of his disgust with Ryan. Ryan claims Kemp as a mentor, but hasn’t really followed his example.

Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but look at all the craziness we’ve seen so far in the 2012 campaign. We have to ask ourselves: after all the dishonesty we have seen from Mitt Shady, can anyone who is paying attention really dismiss Stone’s allegations out of hand?

UPDATE: Roger Stone was not involved in the founding of Citizens United. That organization was founded in 1988 and has been headed by David Bossie since 2000. Thanks to Violet Socks for the correction.

18 Comments on “Did David Koch Buy the VP Nomination for Paul Ryan?”

  1. RalphB says:

    It might sound crazy but I would think it’s exactly the kind of thing that Koch and Rmoney would get up to in private. Maybe Koch’s wife talked out of school to a friend and it got back to Stone that way, I imagine he’s still involved socially with everyone in that crowd.

  2. Makes think of Dan Quayle and his big ‘Daddy’ money.

  3. Beata says:

    I think it’s Ryan’s plastic belt that really galls Stone. /s

    “Gall Stone”? Yikes, that’s bad even coming from me. Obviously, I need to get off the Interwebs. It’s time for “Lost in Space” anyway.

    • bostonboomer says:

      LOL! Apparently one of Stone’s claims to fame is being on best- and worst-dressed lists.

  4. mjames says:

    Fascinating stuff. I believe Stone was behind Spitzer’s downfall too. And, yes, the Republican Party is on the way out. It is a walking contradiction: don’t intrude on another’s personal liberty and then intrude completely. I have never been so disconnected from this every-four-year charade.

    • dakinikat says:

      They’ve been up to no good ever since Richard Nixon’s time. The entire lot of them that came of age at the time and into the Reagan years are in it for power, money, and empire. The Dem’s aren’t much better but the republicans have gone so round the bend that the Dems actually do look marginally better this time. I just wish we could get a viable third party. I just can’t take the christofascists in the Rethug party. It’s the only thing that makes me vote democrat which is pathetic. I think the Kochs will try anything at this point and they think they can get away with anything.

      • RalphB says:

        They think they can get away with it because they can get away with it. With Koch able to put on a billion dollar defense and all his bought congress people, the DOJ wouldn’t stand a chance of prosecuting him for practically anything.

  5. pdgrey says:

    Because of where I live, I can tell you first hand the “three card monte” that happened in Florida today scares the hell out of me. I really believe with the lying about Medicare, voter suppression, photo ID, this election is going to make 2000 and 2004 look like a cake walk. I honestly didn’t think they could find that may old, republican, tea party people in one place.

    • pdgrey says:

      ooh, I dropped a “n” in many.
      I wanted to add, I don’t think the debates will be any different than the last few years. They will not call a lie a lie, they ask questions most of the people don’t really give a shit about, and then it’s up to the two a-holes to see who can get the best “line” in. Then it’s up to the “spinners” the grab the media for the headline. The last time I remember something happening in a debate no one saw coming was when Bill Clinton talked to someone in a Town Hall debate, felt concern and Bush looked at his watch.

      • NW Luna says:

        Awwwr! That was the last time we had a POTUS who could talk knowledgeably without a teleprompter. Did you have to remind me?

    • RalphB says:

      That “no cuts for anyone over 55” will get him over half the tea partiers. The only benefits they care about are their very own. Cutting everyone else off is right down their alley.

      I have a 40 tear old nephew who is all for it since he finds god every couple of years and thinks he’s gonna make him rich off whatever mlm ponzi scheme he’s jumped on this time. Have a mentioned that he’s also a fucking idiot. But, unfortunately, he can vote. 🙂

  6. NW Luna says:

    Romney picked Paul Ryan as his VP at the behest of David Koch, who promised in return to donate another $100 million ….

    Sounds like R (and far too often D) politics as usual to me; only the $$ have ramped up.

    Any such transaction would represent a serious violation of federal election laws and perhaps other statutes, aside from the ethical and character implications for all concerned.

    Hahahaha. How naive is Conason? The connection would have to be proved, and I agree with RalphB that’s unlikely. That infamous Citizens United SCOTUS decision allows all kinds of nefarious links.

  7. Violet Socks says:

    In 2008, Stone founded Citizens United Not Timid in 2008. He formed the group in order to slime Hillary Clinton (note the initials in the name), and it ultimately morphed into the infamous Citizens United.

    No, the original Citizens United—which was the group in the infamous Supreme Court case—is a real organization and was founded back in the 80s I think. When Roger Stone created Citizens United Not Timid as a prank in 2008 to attack Hillary, the real Citizens United actually sent him a cease and desist.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Thanks for the information. I read in a few places that Stone was involved in the movie about Hillary that was the basis for the Citizens United lawsuit. I’ve now updated the post to correct the error.