MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Democrats have filed a complaint against billionaire businessman David Koch, saying he’s using his tax-exempt status to help Governor Scott Walker win his expected recall election.
The State Democratic Party has asked the IRS and the state Government Accountability Board to punish Koch on the basis of his recent remarks to the Palm Beach Post in Florida.
Koch said he and his brother Charles were helping Walker, “as we should … We’ve spent a lot of money in Wisconsin. We’re going to spend more.”
Democrats said the remarks were proof that Koch was using tax-deductible funds to help a political candidate.
But two officials of Koch Industries said David Koch was not speaking for the company, his brother, or the Americans for Prosperity Foundation – of which he’s a board member. They said Koch was only referring to what the Prosperity group is doing, and his opinions of what’s happening in Wisconsin.
Missy Cohlmia of Koch Industries said David Koch was not planning to campaign for Walker, or to speak directly on his behalf.
The Americans for Prosperity are currently running statewide ads supporting Walker’s budget reforms – but they don’t mention the governor directly by name.
Koch Industries general counsel, Mark Holden, said the Koch Brothers have been an issue in Wisconsin for a year. That was when a prankster imposed as David Koch in a phone call to Walker in which the governor let his guard down and made off the cuff remarks about the massive Capitol protests over the union law.
Holden said the issue has been, “more heat than light” and a “false storyline.”