New AFL-CIO Ad Plays on Prank 'Koch' Call to Gov. Walker
Hat-tip to David Weigel of Slate, who brings word of a new ad by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO that uses audio from the prank call made to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast, in which Murphy posed as the right's billionaire sugar daddy, David Koch. The ad takes a clip from Murphy's audio recording of the phone call, in which Walker thinks he is talking to the man who bankrolls his main source of support, the astroturf group, Americans For Prosperity -- and whose KochPAC, according to Mother Jones, threw $43,000 Walker's way during the gubernatorial campaign. The clip shows Walker telling the Koch impostor of his plans to "ratchet" up the pressure on public employees during the showdown over their battle to save their collective bargaining rights. Here's my transcription of the ad; video appears below:
NARRATOR: Governor Walker is set on eliminating collective bargaining for nurses, teachers -- people who live and work in our communities.He tells us it's for the taxpayers of Wisconsin. But to wealthy GOP funders like David Koch, it's a different story.
WALKER: During each day, we crank up a little more pressure, but 5- to 6,000 state workers will get at-risk notices for lay-offs. We might ratchet that up a little bit, too.
NARRATOR: Tell Republican lawmakers to put a stop to Gov. Walker's charades. Paid for by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.