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Citizen Koch gets a viewing in Wichita Kansas

Wichita residents, living in the home-town of the Koch Brothers, Charles and David, got a chance to see the movie Citizen Koch, Tuesday night at the Warren theatre, in Wichita. The theater was almost full, with about 140 people in the audience.
I wish more people could have seen the film,” said Jeff Wicks, a promoter of the film here in Wichita. “I think even some "die hard Republicans" would be swayed if they came with an open mind and were willing to listen.”
The film is an exposé on the Koch brother’s attempts to alter the US political landscape through their use of special interest groups and huge campaign contributions.
Most of the film focuses on Scott Walker, his rise to power as Governor of Wisconsin. Walker relied on Koch Brother’s money.
The film presented various public works people, a prison guard and a teacher, who fought against Walker’s “knee capping” union busting techniques.
The film also looked at the front organizations the Kochs use, such as Americans for Prosperity and their part in ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).
The film also followed the presidential campaign of Buddy Roemer the former congressman and governor of Los Angeles who could not get into the presidential debates because he was told he needed to raise a huge amount of money before they would consider him serious. This was covered to show how much big money is a part of our political campaigns.
After the movie Dorlan Bales spoke about his project the Kansas People’s Action.
“Many people only vote in the presidential elections,” Bales said. ”They need to vote in the local elections. We are asking people to work phone banks and knock on doors. This could be the tipping point.”
He added that the Focus will be on defeating Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach. Brownback is trying to impose similar changes here in Kansas as Walker has done to Wisconsin. Kobach has been pushing for anti-voter registration laws.
Sierra Club and a group called Expanding Medicare in Kansas also spoke on protests they plan on doing this fall.
“The audience was clearly fired up from the start and after the film even more so,” Wicks said.

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