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Alaska’s GOP Governor Sean Parnell Sues Kochs Over Closed North Pole Refinery, Sullivan Remains Silent

Alaska’s GOP Governor Sean Parnell Sues Kochs Over Closed North Pole Refinery, Sullivan Remains Silent

Kochs Fired 80 Alaska Workers, Now Attempting To Stick Taxpayers With Future Cleanup Costs

Since August, Koch-Funded AFP Has Spent $30 Million On Political Attack Ads, Including More Than $640,000 In Alaska To Prop Up Dan Sullivan

While spending millions every month to buy themselves a U.S. Senate that is good for them but bad for almost every other American family, the Koch brothers closed an Alaska refinery, citing “excessive costs,” and fired 80 Alaskan workers in the process. Now the Kochs are attempting to escape liability for future cleanup costs of groundwater contamination that the refinery is responsible for.

In a new development, Alaska's Republican Governor Sean Parnell is suing the Koch subsidiary in order to hold them accountable for cleanup costs. The lawsuit charges that Koch subsidiary Flint Hills failed to properly clean up the spill and spread of chemicals into the area’s groundwater and alleges that they should foot more of the bill for the cleanup. Earlier this week in a Tuesday interview with KFAR, Mark Begich threw his support behind  Parnell’s lawsuit.

Unlike Mark Begich and Republican Governor Parnell,  Dan Sullivan has refused to criticize or hold the billionaire Kochs accountable, because he wants to go to Washington to push their reckless and irresponsible agenda that includes ending Social Security and Medicare as we know it, eliminating student loans, stopping the renewal of unemployment benefits, fighting against raising the minimum wage, and pushing our country to the brink of default in order to pay for bigger tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations.

“In a show of bipartisanship Mark Begich has announced his support for Republican Governor Sean Parnell’s lawsuit against the Koch company because that’s what’s best for Alaska, but Dan Sullivan still refuses to criticize the Koch brothers' actions, proving that he doesn’t care about the Alaskans the Kochs fired or the families they hurt,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “By staying silent while the Kochs attempt to escape all liability, Dan Sullivan is making it clear that if elected to the Senate he will be a vote for the Kochs’ reckless and irresponsible agenda, not for Alaska families.”

Koch brothers ads in Alaska have been roundly criticized by independent fact checkers like FactCheck.org who called a recent attack “not true” and Politifact who deemed the Koch brothers’ latest Alaska carbon tax ad “false,” and last year the Kochs’ credibility took a major hit when the New York Times reported that Americans for Prosperity was caught using a Maryland actress to claim that Mark Begich had lost touch with Alaska.

The DSCC’s GOP is “Addicted to Koch” campaign  holds Republican Senate candidates accountable for the millions of dollars in help they are receiving from the Kochs in exchange for their support of a reckless and irresponsible agenda that hurts America’s middle class.