Shakedown?

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hit up Koch Industries for campaign contributions! The company responded:

Dear Senator Murray:

For many months now, your colleagues in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leadership have engaged in a series of disparagements and ad hominem attacks about us, apparently as part of a concerted political and fundraising strategy. Just recently, Senator Reid wrote in a DSCC fundraising letter that Republicans are trying to “force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say ‘Koch Brothers.’”

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.

Was Murray offering to lay off Koch Industries if they contributed to the Democrats, or was she just being stupid? This is Patty Murray we’re talking about, so either explanation is possible.

UPDATE: The DSCC’s response has to be seen to be believed.

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