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Strategies for 2014 and 2016. How should I distribute my political contributions? Give some to the GOP? Maybe, maybe not - it depends. Contribute directly to particular candidates? Certainly. The Heritage Foundation? The Cato Institute (with some funding from the Koch brothers where George H. Smith is now affiliated?) There is certainly some overlap between the next two groups I will mention. They were once just one group. Rush Limbaugh puts money into Freedom Works, and the Koch brothers put money into Americans for Prosperity. Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity study how to best change the political climate to warm, with more freedom and they are worthy institutions. Lets hear your ideas for 2014 and 2016. Peter From Wikipedia: Charles Koch funds and supports libertarian and free-market organizations such as the Cato Institute, which he co-founded with Edward H. Crane and Murray Rothbard in 1977. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is an American conservative political advocacy group headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. AFP's stated mission is "educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing citizens as advocates in the public policy process". The group played a major role in the 2010 Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been called "one of the most powerful conservative organizations in electoral politics". Americans for Prosperity was founded in 2004 when Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) split into Freedom Works and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation (formerly the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation). Dick Armey, who had become chair of CSE in 2003 after retiring from Congress, remained chairman of FreedomWorks, while David H. Koch remained chairman of the AFP Foundation. Like CSE, AFP was founded with the support of David H. Koch and Charles Kock, both to Koch Industries. Americans for Prosperity describes its mission as educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing them as advocates of lower taxes and limited government. The organization focuses on eight issue areas: budget and spending; taxes; property rights; health care and entitlements; banking and financial services; labor, education, and pensions; energy and environment; and technology. According to AFP, their mission is to promote "limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels", and to do so, they support: Cutting taxes and government spending in order to halt the encroachment of government in the economic lives of citizens by fighting proposed tax increases and pointing out evidence of waste, fraud, and abuse. Removing unnecessary barriers to entrepreneurship and opportunity by sparking citizen involvement early in the regulatory process in order to reduce red tape. Restoring fairness to the judicial system. end quote From liberal Matt Bai On Politics. All of this marks a stark reversal, historically speaking. For most of the 20th century, Democrats were primarily a local party; they were willing to trade the presidency back and forth, but their hold on the House and, most often, the Senate was iron-fisted. Republicans, on the other hand, concentrated almost all their effort on electing presidents until 1994, when Newt Gingrich became only the second Republican speaker since the New Deal. There are probably a bunch of explanations for why, suddenly, conservatives are the ones pounding it out on the district-by-district level, while liberals pour their money into pet causes and presidential dreams. You can imagine it has something to do with the fact that industrialists like the Kochs can see a very direct benefit to their businesses from staving off nettlesome regulations in Congress. At the same time, the latest demographic data suggests that controlling Congress in the off years may be a more realistic goal for Republicans than winning back the White House with any consistency. end quote Dear Peter, Here's the truth: Our biggest national security threat is Barack Obama. This is a president who does not believe in American exceptionalism, a president who is uninterested in national security and America's place in the world, who considers our strength part of the problem, and who believes that America is the cause of international tension. This is like looking at the world through the wrong end of a telescope, but that is Obama's world. I won't stand for this, and you shouldn't either. I formed John Bolton PAC for one purpose -- to see that our leaders remain committed to restoring American economic and national security. And Barack Obama is so disinterested in protecting American interests, I sometimes even wonder what team he's even playing for.