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Obama's top funder also leads the nation in White House visits

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Aside from proving that Gov. Scott Walker doesn't really know billionaire David Koch, what did this prank phone call prove? I think Walker's spin is not far from the truth, saying the call "shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public."

I also almost agree with liberal Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein who writes that the Kochs' status as big donors is the reason a fake David Koch could get through to Gov. Walker. I've met David Koch, I like him, and I agree with everything I've heard him say about politics. But I think it would be a better world if top political donors didn't, per se, have more access to politicians.

But there is absolutely nothing new, unique, or uniquely Republican about Walker's behavior.

Just look a different chief executive -- one who talks about taking government back from the special interests:

  • The organization that spent the most to help Barack Obama get elected president: SEIU, which spent $28 million backing Obama.
  • The individual who has visited the Obama White House the most: SEIU President Andy Stern, who has visited 53 times.

Also, the company from which Obama raised the most money in 2008: Goldman Sachs, whose CEO Lloyd Blankfein has visited the White House 10 times.

Should I go into Bill Clinton, who twice got phone calls in the midst of "inappropriately relating" with intern Monica Lewinksy: once it was a Congressman, and Clinton said he'd call back. Once it was sugar magnate and Democratic fundraiser Alfie Fanjul -- Clinton told Monica to wait, and took the call.

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