(CNN) - Elections in Coralville, Iowa, a town of about 20,000, took a big city turn when the billionaire Koch brother's group, Americans for Prosperity, jumped into last year's mayoral and city council race.
"It was kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson," is how Chris Turner, a fiscally conservative city council candidate, described the support by AFP to "The Daily Show's" Jason Jones.
Turner said in the segment that aired Wednesday that the group's tactics against his opponent were "reprehensible."
"It put me in a very awkward position," he said, adding later that he tied for last place in the election.
The New York Times reported on the powerful conservative political group's ambitions in the small, Midwest town days before the election last November, when AFP was mounting an aggressive campaign against the now-Mayor John Lundell using direct mail attacks, advertising and phone calls to voters.
Lundell, who won with 65% of the vote, told Jones that AFP's attacks were "full of very misleading, I would call lies," including allegations that he manipulated his property taxes.
"I've been through several elections and I welcome opponents but they brought an air of ugliness to this campaign that is not the way we run our government in Coralville," he said.
The Koch brother's group's attacks also warned that Coralville, where the city's debt was a major issue in the campaign, would become the next Detroit.
But not everyone was put-off by the outside influence.
Matthew Vadum, a conservative author who "The Daily Show" labeled as a "political insider," said to sell a point of view, sometimes you have to employ a bit of "salesmanship."
"Some man's sleaze is another man's class," he said. "You have to have a little bit of showbiz."
AFP's attacks didn't get the group far in Coralville. The Daily Show segments notes that none of the Koch group-backed candidates won in the Iowa race.
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@Malory-comment 15, your words.
I'm well aware of what I wrote prior to responding to your first response as I went back and reread it so I wouldn’t stick my foot in my mouth. My EXACT WORDS were:
The right is always howling that Hillary is too old, yet here you are fronting for two guys who are considerably older than her. What's up with that?
So where exactly did I accuse YOU of saying it, and of being a republican? Honestly, I’m not sure if you’re just being obtuse or if you have a serious reading comprehension problem. Either way, would you like some help dislodging YOUR foot from YOUR mouth.
I understand Charles Manson is very upset by the comparison.
not a bad analogy.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we the people punished at the polls those politicians who run adds with lies, half-truths and deception? Every political ad should have to list the top 10 donors to that candidate so we know who they're owned by.
Saw this on the Daily Show. What a slap in the face of the Koch brothers and anyone like them who try to win elections with not just money but lies and innuendos. A town with a population of 20,000
Vacuum is s snake oil salesman. Just watching him squirm made my stomach turn. He has no class! His view is that telling lies is okay as long as your candidate wins. Way to go teaklans!
So the reporter watched a Daily Show episode and wrote this book report as homework? Where is the original reporting here? The article doesn't even attempt to answer the most basic question, why the Koch brothers might be so interested in this particular small town election. I guess I'll have to find another news source for that.
What the H*ll has happened to us? There seems to be no compassion for our fellow man any more! How do these people go home to their fancy homes every night and their families and sleep well KNOWING that their actions are causing others to suffer? It's a sad situation, and I hope they all understand that KARMA is very real!!!
LMAO i love when right wingers use Soros to excuse the fascist attempt by the Kochs to take over the country. Tell me geniuses, when did Soros make his own money and try and peddle it? The Kochs did it in the 80's. Game, set, MATCH! you lose
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we the people punished at the polls those politicians who ran misleading, deceptive ads? Every ad should have to have listed the top 10 donors to that politician so we know who owns them.
Basically the conservatives have to lie because they can't hold together a coherent platform. But I learned this 30 years ago when Reagan was in office.
People with inquiring minds might want to ruminate on exactly why an organization like Americans For Prosperity (whose, by the way?) would want to directly participate in a comparatively small town Iowa city election. What were their objectives in spending money that far down the pecking order? Perhaps its their new book – "It Takes Buying Villages"...
Just like dictator Obama
The Koch Bro's are everything that is wrong with America.
Some people are just smarter than the lies that money can buy.
It would be nice to get both sides to the story. The Koch Bros. are being impugned here, but the only comment from their "side" was from someone who the Daily Show described as an "insider"?? what makes him an "insider"? And did the reporter even bother to ask specific questions about the tactics? As in, did the Koch brothers lie? What were the specific allegations that they made, and what was untrue about them?
This "news" report also didn't go into why billionaires would be intersted in Coralville, IA.
I don't know what their agenda is, and I'm not defending them because I just don't know, but this was very sloppy reporting.
It's fun living in small town Iowa where billionaires think they can buy people like a cup of coffee. They have bought out our local newspaper to try to fill us with propaganda but again it's only coffee money to them.
I'm not sure the Koch Bros. every met an election opportunity they didn't want to buy.
Maybe they meant Marilyn Manson instead of Charlie.
We need to send a message to these guys that the money can help the economy.....but won't buy our votes or an election...........PERIOD
They are so entrenched in North Carolina politics, it's nice to know that money can't buy elections. Hopefully the citizens of NC will wake up before the next election cycle and put things back the way they should be.
I think the Koch brother are walking on this ice anyway.......... It would better if they gave that money to charities.
This is so unfair. To Manson.
That does not seem right.
Can someone please past the mustard?