Philip Ellender, president of government and public affairs at Koch Companies Public Sector got an aggressive fundraising pitch from an unexpected source. That would be Senator Patty Murray, the chair of the same Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that has been lambasting the political work of private citizens going by the name ... Koch. She sent a letter and she left a voicemail inviting him to a deluxe donor retreat in the fall.
So he asked her about it. And his letter is hilarious:
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.
He asks her to help him understand.
This has to be one of the more embarrassing fundraising gaffes I've seen and kudos to Ellender for exposing her stupidity, hypocrisy and cynicism.