Koch Bros. Aide: DSCC Chair Patty Murray Asked Me For Contribution!

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee might want to double-check their fundraising database.

Koch Facts, the Web site set up by the conservative financier Koch Brothers to counter liberal publicity campaigns against them, has posted a letter penned by public affairs president Philip Ellender, claiming that he received a voicemail from DSCC chair Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), asking him for a large donation in order to attend a retreat in Kiawah Island, South Carolina:

So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September.

I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.


The DSCC has not yet responded to TPM’s request to confirm or deny the story.

The Koch people have also posted the voicemail left my Patty Murray, with the call-back number bleeped out after the 202 area code.