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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:54 AM Mar 2020

Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC,Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business [View all]

Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business

Lee Fang

March 26 2020, 3:20 p.m.

Americans for Prosperity, the pro-corporate pressure group founded and funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, wants employees to return to work despite desperate pleas from public health officials that people should stay home as much as possible to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

As states began to order nonessential businesses to shut down last week, AFP released a statement calling for all businesses to remain open.

“Rather than blanket shutdowns, the government should allow businesses to continue to adapt and innovate to produce the goods and services Americans need, while continuing to do everything they can to protect the public health,” said Emily Seidel, chief executive of AFP, in a press release.

Some of the group’s state chapters have taken a similar tone. AFP Pennsylvania’s state director, as well as a regional director with the group, have taken to Twitter to lambast shelter-in-place policies. The Michigan chapter of AFP on Monday slammed Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, which closed down fitness centers, nail salons, amusement parks, casinos, and other businesses deemed nonessential, calling it the “wrong approach for our state.”


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Toilet paper profiteers C_U_L8R Mar 2020 #1
Billionaire business owners want the people to die for them. .... ProudMNDemocrat Mar 2020 #2
There will never be enough money for people like them. BeckyDem Mar 2020 #4
Fuck these guys. MontanaMama Mar 2020 #3
Emily Seidel history bronxiteforever Mar 2020 #5
Thanks for adding that. BeckyDem Mar 2020 #6
Thanks for your post! I learn something bronxiteforever Mar 2020 #10
Yeah, and we know how well AFP's political strategery worked out that time . . . hatrack Mar 2020 #17
Didn't mean to give the impression they are all powerful. bronxiteforever Mar 2020 #18
Oh, far from it - key takeaway, IMHO, is that they never stop hatrack Mar 2020 #19
+1 "no matter how destructive" couldn't agree any more. bronxiteforever Mar 2020 #20
Why doesn't he join his rotten brother? n/t malaise Mar 2020 #7
ASAP. BeckyDem Mar 2020 #8
Their free market cult now demands human sacrifice DBoon Mar 2020 #9
Jeez, how would it be if 1 million consumers died in a few months? nuxvomica Mar 2020 #11
THEY are why Trump REFUSES to activate DPA. They begged him not to via US Chamber of Commerce CousinIT Mar 2020 #12
I know. Thanks for adding the evidence. BeckyDem Mar 2020 #13
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a RW organization working openly and Dustlawyer Mar 2020 #15
Thanks for posting this - deserves its own OP. crickets Mar 2020 #16
I will not even wipe my ass with their products UpInArms Mar 2020 #14
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