Libraries are under attack from the Koch Brother's Funded PAC. Libraries need your help to fight back.
We are continuing to see the Koch Brothers Super PAC, Americans for Prosperity go after libraries. This last election cycle was the fifth clear example of their involvement in the agenda to defund libraries. We need your help to fight back. When the Koch Brothers and AFP puts out an anti-tax and anti-library attack, they do it with direct mail and robocalls - and they always do it late in the campaign. We need the resources to confront these anti-tax forces before they can start in the next town. Help us stop them with a one time donation today or a $5-10 monthly donation.
Here are all the most recent clear and present dangers from the Koch Brothers using their wealth to attack libraries.
Fox River Valley Library, Illinois
In the last few days of the November 2016 election, the Koch Brothers took aim at the Fox River Valley library election and helped defeat a ballot referendum to build a 21st century library. They spent thousands of dollars sending out direct mail to voters telling them to vote no on the ballot measure for the library. AFP didn't have issues with the plans. They went after the library because it was a tax. And to them, any tax - even for a library - is a bad tax. When they lump libraries into their ideological agenda, they hurt folks who need literacy services, jobs skills and training, and a better education.
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The AFP came after a bill in New Jersey that would help libraries rebuild or improve some of their infrastructure. It should be clear that many of the libraries in New Jersey are decades old and are in desperate need of improvements to continue to serve their communities. In order to get a project funded, New Jersey Assembly Bill 222 would cover up to 50 percent of the project cost and the local community would have to provide the matching funding.
Earlier in 2016 we saw the Koch Brothers support HB696 in Illinois. This is a ‘tax cap’ bill. It would eliminate the ability of library district boards to manage and balance their own local budgets. It would force librarians across the state to zero-out even the smallest improvements to services each year. It would require every library district in Illinois to go out for a vote when they just need to pay the bills. HB696 could even push our library districts into default because it arbitrarily and universally “caps” their budgets. We need your support to stop this bill.
On March 11, 2016, the Koch Brother's super PAC "Americans for Prosperity" started robocalls against the Plainfield IL library referendum. They targeted the library for defeat as part of their anti-tax agenda and they dumped tens of thousands of dollars to ensure that the library was defeated. "Americans for Prosperity" is good at quoting facts that don't exist and slinging mud at the common good. You can hear their robocall below and read the truth about the campaign in the links.
The Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity stood alone in advocating for House Bill 2719 which is a House bill requiring city, county or voter approval for changes in property tax levies or for the issuance of bonds. This bill will manage to do with a stroke of a pen what years of a bad economy failed to do, and that is to force a local tax increase or force cuts so deep that the first public library in the first city in the state of Kansas, an institution proudly supported by its community since 1899, will become a sad shadow of itself.
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The biggest threat to libraries is that the Koch Brothers PAC is better funded and they have more people signed up to support them. In fact, they have 2.8 million people signed up to support them. This is enough people to sway politicians and enough money to fund major fights against libraries. You can help us fight back by signing up to support us or making a donation.
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