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6 Mar 2017

Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Groups Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal

Saying their patience is at an end, conservative activist groups backed by the billionaire Koch brothers and other powerful interests on the right are mobilizing to pressure Republicans to fulfill their promise to swiftly  repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their message is blunt and unforgiving, with the goal of reawakening some of the most extensive conservative grass-roots networks in the country. It is a reminder that even as Republicans control both the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade, the party’s activist wing remains restless and will not go along passively for the sake of party unity.
Saying their patience is at an end, conservative activist groups backed by the billionaire Koch brothers...

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6 Jul 2015

Koch Industries spent 0.5m Euro lobbying EU on environmental protection

A notorious funder of climate sceptics in the US has spent at least 550,000 ( 390,908) lobbying the EU on environmental protections and energy issues over the past three years. An obscure entry on the EU s voluntary transparency register shows that up to 750,000 ( 533,049) may have been spent by Koch Industries, the largest private energy company in the US, on trying to influence EU policy.
A notorious funder of climate sceptics in the US has spent at least 550,000 ( 390,908) lobbying the EU on environmental...

Publisher: Bill Moyers

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3 Feb 2015

David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity Is Fighting a Tax Perk He Once Exploited

Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group established by the Koch brothers, mounts battles around the country on issues big and small via its nationwide network of chapters. Right now in North Carolina, AFP is vigorously opposing the revival of a state tax credit for renovating historic properties. The credit, which can be claimed by a company or a person, expired at the end of 2014, and the state s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, is pushing to renew it. AFP is working hard to thwart him. But the group s lobbying on this issue might be a tad awkward for one of its main benefactors: David Koch, who co-founded AFP and currently serves as chairman of the AFP Foundation. He used a near-identical tax credit when he renovated his historic Palm Beach villa and saved money at local taxpayers expense.
Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group established by the Koch brothers, mounts battles around the...
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15 Jan 2015

A Frightening Trend in Higher Education: Politically-Motivated Assaults on Academic Freedom

The thousands of students and hundreds of scholars supported by folks like Charles Koch have had their lives enriched, and with that has come a greater appreciation of the remarkable powers of markets in promoting human welfare. We should be thanking these philanthropists for their largess, rather than harass them. And gutless administrations should be condemned for permitting these attacks to occur in an unanswered fashion. People have the right to disagree with the findings of Koch funded scholars and students, but no right to try to silence them.
The thousands of students and hundreds of scholars supported by folks like Charles Koch have had their lives enriched,...

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13 Jan 2015

The Kochs’ Very Profitable War On Busses and Mass Transit

Anyone even remotely familiar with the Koch brothers is aware the billionaire oil magnates are pro-anything that translates into more personal profits for themselves, and anti-anything that does not explicitly advance their business interests and increase their wealth. Inherent in increasing their wealth is promoting policies and agendas that force Americans to buy more gasoline which is why there is a dearth of options to driving a car on this sad country s pitiful roads, and why America s mass transit systems lag the rest of the civilized world. Whether it is paying Republican governors, state legislators, or congressional representatives the Kochs are behind every last effort to kill alternatives to driving. They have successfully blocked several states high speed rail projects, and obstructed community progress on bike lanes, light rail, bus rapid transit, or urban communities' "walkability" factor; any mode of transportation that keeps Americans from driving cars and purchasing gas.
Anyone even remotely familiar with the Koch brothers is aware the billionaire oil magnates are pro-anything that...

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4 Jan 2015

The Koch Brothers Launch A Surrogate War Against Pope Francis

The Pope already drew the wrath of both evangelical and Catholic Republicans in Congress for criticizing the greed and income inequality championed by the GOP, but now he has the undivided attention of the Koch brothers, Exxon, and their dirty energy cohorts. The cause c l bre for the Koch-funded evangelical movement is the Pope s recent announcement that it is beyond high time for the world, and all Catholics to join the fight to reduce the existential threat to human beings from anthropogenic climate change.
The Pope already drew the wrath of both evangelical and Catholic Republicans in Congress for criticizing the greed and...

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31 Dec 2014

Evil, Racist Koch Brother to Spend Money on – Criminal Justice Reform

The continuing demonizing of the Koch brothers is one of the more appalling lies abetted by the MSM. Far more open-minded and less single-issue than any of their Democrat big money counterparts, Charles and David Koch spread their money around to a variety of causes and politicians that would surprise anyone who only knows them from the media characterizations. While prominent progressives are encouraging "protesters" to disrupt holiday shopping, travel and traffic in the name of criminal justice reform, Charles Koch is taking out his checkbook to affect real change
The continuing demonizing of the Koch brothers is one of the more appalling lies abetted by the MSM. Far more...

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13 Dec 2014

Koch Brothers Sue California to Keep Donations Secret

Billionaires David and Charles Koch, who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping Republicans, are suing to stop the grotesque backlash they d face from being forced to disclose donors to their nonprofit group. California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the target of their lawsuit, says she isn t trying to expose contributors to the Kochs Americans for Prosperity Foundation. The state is required by law to collect the information and also to keep it secret, according to her spokesman.
Billionaires David and Charles Koch, who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars helping Republicans, are suing to...

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9 Dec 2014

The Kochs eclipse the RNC

The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that s developing detailed, state-of-the-art profiles of 250 million Americans, giving the brothers political operation all the earmarks of a national party.
The Koch brothers and their allies are pumping tens of millions of dollars into a data company that s developing...

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25 Nov 2014

Koch Brothers group calls on U.S. Reps Bilirakis and Buchanan to oppose wind subsidies

On page three of your Tampa Bay Times this morning is a quarter-page ad paid for by Americans for Prosperity, calling on Republican Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Vern Buchanan to oppose wind subsidies. The ad says that Extending the wind energy handout will cost $13 billion over the next decade, with one photo of a wind farm and another of dollars being printed. It then advocates that readers call the two GOP representatives to oppose such wind subsidies.
On page three of your Tampa Bay Times this morning is a quarter-page ad paid for by Americans for Prosperity, calling on...

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8 Nov 2014

The Koch brothers’ underhanded attack on wind energy

Well that took absolutely no time at all. A coalition of conservative groups lead by the Koch-affiliated American Energy Alliance (and including the Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity, the Koch-affiliated Competitive Enterprise Institute, among others) are showing up in force against renewable energy, urging congressional Republicans to allow a key wind energy tax credit to expire. Wind power's Achilles heel, for the time being, is that it's not yet sustainable on its own - without tax credits, it collapses. According to the American Wind Energy Association, capacity and construction drop a full 84 percent when the wind production tax credit (PTC) isn't available.
Well that took absolutely no time at all. A coalition of conservative groups lead by the Koch-affiliated American Energy...

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1 Oct 2014

RFK Jr.’s absurd attack on Koch brothers

The Left demonizes David Koch and his brother Charles for their free-market views, their political donations, and the fact that they run a substantial energy company. Harry Reid has made a new career of it, calling them "un-American." But on the platform that morning were liberal Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. Ms. Maloney was particularly gracious when she said, "There is hope for the world when Koch and I can agree on something. On this we agree 100 percent." - Now, contrast that with the arrogant, intolerant, petulant, radical-left environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Last week, at the People's Climate March in New York, he accused the Kochs of polluting our atmosphere.
The Left demonizes David Koch and his brother Charles for their free-market views, their political donations, and the...

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29 Sep 2014

The Koch Brothers’ money – the worst, but not the most: James Varney

The Koch Brothers can be - and are - featured as the villains on any topic. If you follow the money, however, what is disappointing about the Koch Brothers' kind is that there isn't more of it. Despite the endless and unseemly harangues of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Koch Brothers aren't donors in the same league with their left-wing counterparts.
The Koch Brothers can be - and are - featured as the villains on any topic. If you follow the money, however, what is...

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19 Jun 2014

Inside the Koch Brothers: Secret Summit of Billionaires

The high level of security for the Koch Summit leads one to wonder - why such secrecy if the Koch's initiatives really are in the best interest of the public at large? Wouldn't everyday Americans heartily embrace new proposals to improve the economy and their government? Maybe protecting the business interests of billionaires doesn't quite square with an American public that is still under siege by high unemployment, stagnant wages and ongoing foreclosures. This conclave of billionaires is determined to roll back Obamacare and carbon restrictions and to render the remainder of the Obama presidency ineffectual. In an America where money equals speech, Koch is king.
The high level of security for the Koch Summit leads one to wonder - why such secrecy if the Koch's initiatives really...
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9 May 2014

Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree

The Koch brothers main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group. The projected budget for Americans for Prosperity would be unprecedented for a private political group in a midterm, and would likely rival even the spending of the Republican and Democratic parties congressional campaign arms.
The Koch brothers main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and...

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8 May 2014

Can the Kochs Hold Back History?

Next year, the Kochs will have a Congress loaded with crackpots ready to serve their agenda. There will be show hearings, bills will be introduced, meaningless votes will be taken. In the end, health care and clean energy will march on. The Kochs, to close with another film reference, will be like Harold Lloyd in one of the great scenes from the silent movie era - hanging from the hands of a giant clock. It may cost them half a billion dollars to learn that they can t stop time.
Next year, the Kochs will have a Congress loaded with crackpots ready to serve their agenda. There will be show...

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24 Apr 2014

Koch brothers vs. the solar industry

The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles and powering their homes. Billions of dollars are sucked out of our economy by those who want us to keep using carbon-based energy. The use of oil, coal and natural gas has massive external costs that are not paid by the end user. This is the reason government regulators are trying to level the playing field by providing reasonable incentives for solar energy.
The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles...

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21 Apr 2014

Koch Brothers, Conservatives and Oil Companies Lobby States Using Renewable Energy Sources Alternative, Solar Power And Environmentalism Gaining Popularity

As more and more states are beginning to utilize solar energy and adapt to other clean green energy solutions, conservative lobby groups and oil tycoons have aggressively started pushing back against alternative energy. The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and a number of powerful companies in the nation have started running campaign ads in Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina that paint renewable energy as a greedy bad guy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As more and more states are beginning to utilize solar energy and adapt to other clean green energy solutions,...

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19 Apr 2014

Oligarchy Defined Koch Brothers Worth $100 Billion, Buy GOP For Just $412 Million

In the 2012 election, Charles and David Koch spent at least $412 million to swing elections across the country, an amount greater than the ten largest unions combined. Now Bloomberg reports that the Koch brothers combined net worth has exceeded $100 billion, with no sign that their advertising campaign against the Affordable Care Act is ever going to stop.
In the 2012 election, Charles and David Koch spent at least $412 million to swing elections across the country, an...

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18 Apr 2014

Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100 Billion as TV Warfare Escalates

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc., added $1.3 billion to their collective fortune yesterday on reports that U.S. industrial production gained more than forecast. The surge elevated their net worth to more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The Koch s ascent comes as Freedom Partners, one of their fundraising networks, last week aired its first batch of television ads targeted at this year s U.S. Senate races, including commercials knocking Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa for supporting President Barack Obama s health-care law.
Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc., added $1.3 billion...

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7 Apr 2014

Harry Reid’s toxic influence on politics

There are few politicians more cavalier with the truth and more loathsome than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He delighted in telling a bald-faced untruth about Mitt Romney, namely that he did not pay taxes for 10 years. He now says the Koch brothers didn t pay corporate taxes. He calls the brothers, who provide jobs and legally participate in the American political system, "un-American." His self-enrichment in Nevada is legendary, and he reportedly has been under investigation in a corruption probe.
There are few politicians more cavalier with the truth and more loathsome than Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He...

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7 Apr 2014

The Koch brothers must not be allowed to thwart the will of Chuck Schumer

Schumer and his little pals are scared that the Koch brothers logical, fact-based, liberty-loving message will resonate with voters, so they re trying to poison the well. They can t point to their successes, having none, so they re appealing to the dumbest of the dumb: their base. "Get the Koch brothers! Attack! Spread the word!"
Schumer and his little pals are scared that the Koch brothers logical, fact-based, liberty-loving message will resonate...
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6 Apr 2014

‘Dark money man’ explains Koch connection

Sean Noble, the so-called 'dark money man' who has distributed tens of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to conservative campaigns, discusses his new fund-raising group and his connection to the Koch Brothers, the billionaire funders of conservative causes.
Sean Noble, the so-called 'dark money man' who has distributed tens of millions of dollars in anonymous donations to...

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7 Jan 2014

Koch-backed political network, built to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012 elections

The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.
The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching...

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6 Dec 2013

State conservative groups plan US-wide assault on education, health and tax

Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the key areas of education, healthcare, income tax, workers' compensation and the environment, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The strategy for the state-level organisations, which describe themselves as "free-market thinktanks", includes proposals from six different states for cuts in public sector pensions, campaigns to reduce the wages of government workers and eliminate income taxes, school voucher schemes to counter public education, opposition to Medicaid, and a campaign against regional efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
Conservative groups across the US are planning a co-ordinated assault against public sector rights and services in the...

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8 Oct 2013

The Koch Brothers’ “Samson Option”

The fiscal crisis in Washington is not simply a threat to economic and government stability, as serious as that is. It is a premeditated scheme to carve out a new constitutional structure that gives the Koch Brothers and other right-wing billionaires the power to void the democratic process, writes Robert Parry.
The fiscal crisis in Washington is not simply a threat to economic and government stability, as serious as that is. It...

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8 Oct 2013

Tell the Justice Department to Investigate the Koch Brothers Seditious Govt Shutdown Plot

Teabaggers have lusted to shut down the federal government since 2011 unless taxes and domestic spending were abolished, but they lacked Republican support until the Koch brothers and their band of seditionists decided the government was fair game to eliminate the healthcare law. The fascist Koch brothers and their Americans for Prosperity belief tank funding the effort to abolish the ACA recently spent $5.5 million to denigrate the idea of affordable healthcare through a propaganda and misinformation campaign that would make Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels proud.
Teabaggers have lusted to shut down the federal government since 2011 unless taxes and domestic spending were abolished,...

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11 Sep 2013

The Koch brothers’ secret bank

An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide. The group, Freedom Partners, and its president, Marc Short, serve as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.
An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised...

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6 Jun 2013

Koch Brothers Say They’re Interested In Buying Newspapers Wall Street Journal

Charles Koch confirmed that he and his brother David are exploring the possibility of buying newspapers in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. There have been rumors swirling for weeks that the conservative billionaires, who run Koch Industries, are interested in acquiring the Tribune's big regional titles, which include the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. The prospect of such a sale has raised alarm among some readers and Tribune employees, who are concerned that the new owners would use the papers to advance their political causes.
Charles Koch confirmed that he and his brother David are exploring the possibility of buying newspapers in an interview...

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30 May 2013

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Dangers of Selling the Tribune Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Today, communities across the country are rallying outside of newspapers owned by the Tribune Company to support journalistic integrity and an unbiased news media. These communities are calling on the Tribune Company to not sell its newspapers to Koch Industries, a company owned and controlled by David and Charles Koch.
Today, communities across the country are rallying outside of newspapers owned by the Tribune Company to support...

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17 Oct 2012

Koch Brothers Report Progression of Attacks and Lies From Democrats Forcing Them to Increase Security

The Koch brothers told reporters there has been a progression of lies and attacks on the company since Barack Obama entered office. They also said this forced them to increase security on their homes and their family.
The Koch brothers told reporters there has been a progression of lies and attacks on the company since Barack Obama...
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15 Oct 2012

Koch Industries, other CEOs warn employees of layoffs if Obama is reelected

In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that "many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences" of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections, a list of conservative candidates the company's political action committee endorses and a pair of editorials: one, by David Koch, supporting Mitt Romney, and the other, by Charles Koch, condemning Obama.
In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that "many of our...
15 Oct 2012

Koch Industries, other CEOs warn employees of layoffs if Obama is reelected

In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that "many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences" of voting for President Obama and other Democrats in the 2012 elections, a list of conservative candidates the company's political action committee endorses and a pair of editorials: one, by David Koch, supporting Mitt Romney, and the other, by Charles Koch, condemning Obama.
In it was a letter, dated Oct. 1, from Koch Industries president Dave Robertson implicitly warning that "many of our...

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11 Oct 2012

Trick Or Treat A Koch Brother Dresses Up As An Environmentalist In His Fight Against Cape Wind

Yesterday, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound - a group established by Koch and his cronies to wage war on Cape Wind, the first offshore wind farm proposed in U.S. waters - dredged up an old lawsuit against the project. The frivolous nature of this latest tilt at the project s offshore windmills is enough to make even Don Quixote blush.
Yesterday, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound - a group established by Koch and his cronies to wage war on Cape...

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10 Sep 2012

Five Ways Charles Koch Benefits From Practices He Criticizes In Absurd Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

In today's Wall Street Journal, Charles Koch laments "crony capitalism," complaining about "partisan rhetoric," corporations eagerness "to lobby for maintaining and increasing subsidies," and rewards for "politically connected friends." Hilariously, he is not writing about himself or his brother David.
In today's Wall Street Journal, Charles Koch laments "crony capitalism," complaining about "partisan rhetoric,"...

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30 Aug 2012

Democrats Demonize Wealthy, Appalled at Koch Brother Presence at RNC

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out an e-mail Thursday morning warning supporters that, "the Republicans are in all-out-attack mode." But the Democrats are the ones doing the attackin... and right on cue, the filthy rich, evil Koch brothers are in their cross-hairs.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out an e-mail Thursday morning warning supporters that, "the...
17 Aug 2012

Koch Brothers Behind Paul Ryan as VP Choice

I've waited a few days to lay out my analysis of the selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot on the Romney ticket. Unlike politicos like Dick Morris who bad-mouths the selection privately and shills for it publicly, I'll tell you what I really think. My sources tell me David Koch played a key role in Ryan's selection and that Koch's wife Julia had been quietly lobbying for Ryan. The selection was cemented at the July 22nd fundraiser Koch held for Romney at the former's sumptuous Hamptons estate.
I've waited a few days to lay out my analysis of the selection of Paul Ryan for the VP slot on the Romney ticket. Unlike...

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16 Aug 2012

Koch Brothers’ Moonshine

Question: If you mix a cocktail of "black liquor," biofuels, diesel and a generous splash of tax subsidies -- then have it shaken vigorously by a U.S. senator and served in a golden goblet by corporate lobbyists -- what do you call it? Answer: Koch Brothers Moonshine
Question: If you mix a cocktail of "black liquor," biofuels, diesel and a generous splash of tax subsidies -- then have...

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7 Aug 2012

Koch brothers committed to seeing Republican states turn a ‘deeper shade of red’

Tim Owens, a Republican who held elected office in Kansas for more than three decades, fell out of favor with Governor Sam Brownback because he committed the crime of compromising with Democrats, says Jennifer Granholm. So Brownback started endorsing tea party newcomers against Republican moderates, including Senator Owens opponent, Jim Denning. But most important, it wasn t just the governor backing these tea partyers - the Kansas-based conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, who are behind Americans for Prosperity, started funding them too.
Tim Owens, a Republican who held elected office in Kansas for more than three decades, fell out of favor with Governor...

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14 Apr 2012

Kochs fire back at anti-ALEC campaign from Color of Change

Philip Ellender, president and chief operating officer of government and public affairs at KCPS, told TheDC that the anti-ALEC campaign is designed "not only to intimidate, but to silence supporters of free-market principles and those who oppose the current policies that are worsening our already ruinous deficits."
Philip Ellender, president and chief operating officer of government and public affairs at KCPS, told TheDC that the...

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10 Apr 2012

President Obama will smash GOP Super PACs (he hopes)

Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and other high-powered conservatives have already launched or will soon launch ads attacking President Obama. Rove s American Crossroads yesterday announced plans for a multi-state, four month blitz against the commander-in-chief, and Americans for Prosperity, funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has already started airing commercials painting Obama as corrupt and ineffectual.
Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and other high-powered conservatives have already launched or will soon launch ads...

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3 Feb 2012

Koch Brothers Meet Again to Prep for Mother of All Wars

Last week, the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers held their latest get-together with wealthy conservative political donors. At these meetings, held twice a year under a veil of secrecy, Republican all-stars discuss election strategy and vet potential presidential candidates like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Last September, Mother Jones obtained exclusive audio recordings from a Koch seminar held outside Vail, Colorado, where Charles Koch had declared that the 2012 election would be "the mother of all wars" and thanked dozens of million-dollar donors who'd pledged to the cause.
Last week, the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers held their latest get-together with wealthy conservative...

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2 Feb 2012

Billionaire Buddies: Adelsons Join Koch Brothers

In recent years, billionaire oil magnates David and Charles Koch have bankrolled the Tea Party movement, Republican candidates, and efforts to deny the existence global warming. But less noticed have been their series of twice-yearly strategy coordination meetings for wealthy right-wing donors. These secret confabs have attracted Republicans like Govs. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL), as well as former Fox News Channel talker Glenn Beck, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and executives from the oil, banking, and health insurance industries
In recent years, billionaire oil magnates David and Charles Koch have bankrolled the Tea Party movement, Republican...

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30 Jan 2012

Hauling the Koch Brothers Into Congress

Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress. Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would make the Koch brothers even richer.
Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress. Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers...

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22 Jan 2012

The Koch Congress Pushing Keystone Pipeline

The Koch Congress as Think Progress calls them are members of congress that accepted money, known as bribery in most countries, from the billionaire Koch Brothers. Keeping money out of government is the main issue of rulings such as Citizens United, and the general atmosphere of a long corrupted US Congress.
The Koch Congress as Think Progress calls them are members of congress that accepted money, known as bribery in most...

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17 Jan 2012

Koch-backed group spends $6 million on anti-Obama Solyndra ad

A conservative group is spending $6 million in battleground states on a new ad critical of President Obama's role in funding the failed green energy firm Solyndra, whose bankruptcy last year despite a federal loan guarantee has proven a major embarrassment for the administration. Americans for Prosperity - group partially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers - said that the campaign will begin airing Monday in Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Iowa.
A conservative group is spending $6 million in battleground states on a new ad critical of President Obama's role in...
14 Jan 2012

Is Your Senator Representing Charles and David Koch

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch look like they're easy graders. Their Tea Party group released its rankings this week of senators and congressman who tow the Koch line most, and it gave a total of 44 A+s for the 112th Congress.
Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch look like they're easy graders. Their Tea Party group released its...

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11 Jan 2012

Five U.S. Senators Are Perfect Koch Servants, Americans For Prosperity Reports

Five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100 percent score from the Koch brothers Astroturf group Americans For Prosperity for the first half of the 112th Congress. AFP judged Congress on their votes to protect the Koch brothers right-wing petrochemical empire on such issues as the repeal of President Obama s new health care law, preempting EPA s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Chairman Paul Ryan s budget to end Medicare, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval to overturn new regulations and the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills
Five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100 percent score from the Koch brothers Astroturf group...

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31 Dec 2011

TransCanada Northern Border Inc. (Keystone XL) is a Subsidiary of ONEOK Inc., and ONEOK Inc. has a Partnership with Koch Industries

Talk about how oil and gas companies can dictate oil price. Well certainly having a hand in every major venture like it would seem Koch Industries has been could definitely impact on the price of gas, especially when you considered all the assets Koch Industries owns all around the world. To top that Republicans in Congress want the President to make a decision on the Keystone XL in sixty days (they added this to the Payroll tax extention bill where it should not have been), ignoring the environmental dangers, but through further investigation it appears the company that suppose to be over everything is only the operator and other companies through partnerships are the ones behind it all.
Talk about how oil and gas companies can dictate oil price. Well certainly having a hand in every major venture like it...

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30 Dec 2011

Koch Brothers To Benefit From “Savannah River Sellout”

In addition to the financial and political favors she s already alleged to have already received for betraying South Carolina s economic and environmental interests, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley may reap yet another major reward from her "Savannah River Sellout." -- Specifically, her decision to accommodate the state of Georgia s government-funded Savannah port expansion project - which will effectively kill a public-private port facility in Jasper County, S.C. - will benefit a pair of major players in Republican Party politics.
In addition to the financial and political favors she s already alleged to have already received for betraying South...

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28 Dec 2011

Koch Industries spreads influence in key places

I read with great interest Bruce Kading s September editorial in The St. Augustine Record protesting U. S. Rep. John Mica s sponsorship of HR 2018, which would dismantle large portions of the Clean Water Act. Of even greater interest to me was that Georgia-Pacific, who wishes to run a pipeline dumping toxic chemicals into the St. Johns River, is owned by Koch Industries. They and other industries that would benefit from HR 2018 have lavished more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to Mica. Sen. Marco Rubio has also received $32,000 in campaign contributions from Koch Industries.
I read with great interest Bruce Kading s September editorial in The St. Augustine Record protesting U. S. Rep. John...

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28 Dec 2011

Koch Brothers Financed ‘Research’ Institute Steps Up Misleading Obamacare Attacks

Sally Pipes, the President & CEO of the Koch Brothers funded Pacific Research Institute (which also received or currently receives hefty amounts of cash from corporations such as PhRMA, Pfizer and Exxon Mobile), recently shared her view of the findings of a Deloitte survey of America s physicians, offering the study up as the latest proof of how Obamacare is destroying the nation s health care system
Sally Pipes, the President & CEO of the Koch Brothers funded Pacific Research Institute (which also received or...
21 Dec 2011

How Republicans, the Koch Bros and Walker could lose the right to vote

Between the insecurity of our voting machines - and the right-wing push for strict voter ID laws - the right to vote and have that vote be counted - which is the beating heart of our democracy - is in trouble. That's why today it's more important than ever to listen to what Thomas Paine said about voting rights more than 200 years ago... Paine explained why the right to vote is so important, "To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.
Between the insecurity of our voting machines - and the right-wing push for strict voter ID laws - the right to vote and...

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12 Dec 2011

The ALEC-Koch pipeline to Wisconsin Legislators and the Mining Bill

The Mining Bill released by Assembly Republicans late last week is clearly a case of Legislative patronage to a corporate sponsor in this case, Gogebic Taconite Mining, LLC. Not surprising, but more disturbing, are the covert links to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Koch Industries, and closer to home, Hamilton Consulting in Madison. All three have created an expressway of influence to Wisconsin Legislation for co-opting state resources - creating record profits for themselves (which they will ultimately pay little tax on) and untold burdens on middle class taxpayers and the environment. The investigation starts with high(or low)lights of the bill itself.
The Mining Bill released by Assembly Republicans late last week is clearly a case of Legislative patronage to a...

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10 Dec 2011

Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch finally got their way in 2011. After decades of funding the American Legislative Exchange Council, the collaboration between multinational corporations and conservative state legislators, the project began finally to yield the intended result. For the first time in decades, the United States saw a steady dismantling of the laws, regulations, programs and practices put in place to make real the promise of American democracy.
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch finally got their way in 2011. After decades of funding the American...

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29 Nov 2011

Kasich, Koch and Big-Industry Bucks: Why Ohio Is the Next Fracking Frontier

Fracking opponents in southern Ohio won a victory last week when the United States Forest Service (USFS) withdrew more than 3,000 acres of public lands from a federal oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December 7, 2012. The USFS announced that it needed more time to review the potential effects of fracking after receiving petitions and letters from local leaders who used the old-fashioned method of collecting signatures to catch the attention of government officials.
Fracking opponents in southern Ohio won a victory last week when the United States Forest Service (USFS) withdrew more...

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17 Nov 2011

The Problem is Not Solyndra. It is Koch Industries

Another day, another misleading and false attack on clean energy funded by Koch Industries, which makes billions of dollars from a variety of polluting industries. Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers funded organization, is funding a new television ad now airing in Florida and other states claiming that President Obama gave millions of dollars away to political supporters as favors through the Department of Energy s guaranteed loan program.
Another day, another misleading and false attack on clean energy funded by Koch Industries, which makes billions of...

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14 Nov 2011

Koch Brothers Secretive Billionaires With Eye on 2012 Creating Vast Database

The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of Americans who share their anti-government and libertarian views, a move that will further enhance the tycoons' political influence and that could prove significant in next year's presidential election.
The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of...

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10 Nov 2011

Degrading the American Dream: inside Koch’s Americans for Prosperity convention

Last weekend was a wild one for climate action in our nation s Capitol, between the protest outside a conference run by Koch Industries front group Americans for Prosperity and Sunday s large street protest against the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that encircled the White House with over 10,000 people. The two issues came together when I and another Greenpeace activist found oil billionaire and Americans for Prosperity Chairman David Koch inside AFP s "Defending the American Dream" conference, and questioned Koch about his company s financial stake in the Keystone XL pipeline and their false statement to Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA). Watch for yourself below.
Last weekend was a wild one for climate action in our nation s Capitol, between the protest outside a conference run by...
9 Nov 2011

Teamster Nation AZ senate president and Koch-brother-lover recalled!

Ohio's thumping defeat of SB5 was a big loss for the Koch brothers, who poured money into the lobbying group that wrote the legislation. The Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity also paid for misleading pro-SB5 ads that twisted the words of an Ohio great-grandmother.
Ohio's thumping defeat of SB5 was a big loss for the Koch brothers, who poured money into the lobbying group that wrote...

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9 Nov 2011

Dirty Oil and Dirty Politics Make Interesting Bedfellows; 2012 Documentary Film Exposes Koch Brothers

The documentary "Greedy Lying Bastards," set for release in 2012, reports Koch Industries and Exxon Oil have each spent nearly $25 million to dispel claims of global warming. It is tough to right the wrongs of the fossil fuel industry when it wields so much influence over energy and environmental policies in the U.S. and around the world.
The documentary "Greedy Lying Bastards," set for release in 2012, reports Koch Industries and Exxon Oil have each spent...

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9 Nov 2011

Why the Koch Brothers and ALEC Don’t Want You to Vote

Today residents of Mississippi will decide whether voters must produce a government-issued ID in order to cast a ballot and voters in Maine will choose whether to keep or overturn a new law banning election day voter registration, which had previously been on the books since 1973. These votes occur amidst the backdrop of an unprecedented, Republican-led war on voting. - A key component of the GOP's campaign has been orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which receives substantial funding from the Koch brothers.
Today residents of Mississippi will decide whether voters must produce a government-issued ID in order to cast a ballot...

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8 Nov 2011

Koch Brothers Poised to Raise Influence With Massive Conservative Database – The ITT List

David and Charles Koch billionaire brothers and infamous figureheads of libertarian activism are set to further certify their status as lynchpins of the Republican electoral machine. As the Guardian reports, the two oil moguls are creating a database that unites far-flung conservative think tanks, activist groups, tea party organizations, fundraising gurus and free market ideologues into a comprehensive list likely to make GOP campaign managers salivate in advance of next year s elections.
David and Charles Koch billionaire brothers and infamous figureheads of libertarian activism are set to further certify...

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8 Nov 2011

Tell Attorney General Holder to Fight Koch Brothers’ Voter Suppression

The AFL-CIO, NAACP, the Brave New Foundation and several other groups are urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce the Voting Rights Act to stop the discriminatory voter suppression laws the right-wing billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have pushed and financed in dozens of states. The Koch Brothers are major funders of ALEC.
The AFL-CIO, NAACP, the Brave New Foundation and several other groups are urging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to...

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7 Nov 2011

Proof of ALEC Koch’s U.S. Congressional Influence and Passage of ALEC Bill(s)

Over the years ALEC has steadfastly denied having any influence or involvement in writing or proposing legislation at the federal level. They "proudly" proclaim their effectiveness at the state level through their legislative membership. They've continued these denials of interfering at the federal level since ALEC Exposed with their 800+ Model Legislation became public through a joint Center for Media and Democracy and Nation Magazine project in July.
Over the years ALEC has steadfastly denied having any influence or involvement in writing or proposing legislation at...

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6 Nov 2011

Don’t Let Obama Take a Koch Check

Tens of thousands of Americans and citizens around the world have rightfully spoken out about the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a roughly 2,000-mile-long development that would carve up six states and enrich the 1 percent even more. Few personify the wealthiest 1 percent more than Charles and David Koch, who're among the largest financial beneficiaries of dirty tar sands oil. The Keystone XL pipeline would hurt America and make the Koch brothers richer. In other words, it would give the Koch brothers more billions of dollars to buy American democracy and bend it to their whims
Tens of thousands of Americans and citizens around the world have rightfully spoken out about the Keystone XL oil...

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31 Oct 2011

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Who’s behind the ‘information attacks’ on climate scientists?

This week, in a courtroom in Prince William County, Virginia, a hearing will take place that could have implications for the privacy rights of scientists at colleges and universities across the country. It's part of a lawsuit brought by the American Tradition Institute, a free-market think tank part of a broader network of groups with close ties to energy interests that have long fought greenhouse gas regulation. Our investigation also finds that ATI has connections with the Koch brothers, Art Pope and other conservative donors seeking to expand their political influence.
This week, in a courtroom in Prince William County, Virginia, a hearing will take place that could have implications for...

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31 Oct 2011

The Billionaire Koch Brothers’ War Against Obama

The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to 'educate,' fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement. Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist and a historian, who once worked at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas-based think tank that the Kochs fund, said, -The problem with the whole libertarian movement is that it's been all chiefs and no Indians.
The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to...

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30 Oct 2011

Outside Groups Eclipsing G.O.P. as Hub of Campaigns

A group of Republicans where almost none of them hold office or a job with the Republican Party itself meet to make policy for the Republican agenda. They represent conservative groups that channeled tens of millions of dollars into last year's Congressional campaign. And as 2012 approaches, the groups - among them the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads, the Republican Governors Association, the American Action Network and Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by the billionaire Koch brothers - have gathered into a loosely organized political machine poised to rival, and in many ways supplant, the official Republican Party apparatus.
A group of Republicans where almost none of them hold office or a job with the Republican Party itself meet to make...

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28 Oct 2011

The Koch Brothers – People and Power

Charles and David Koch are each worth about $25bn, which makes them the fourth richest Americans. When you combine their fortunes, they are the third wealthiest people in the world. Radical libertarians who use their money to oppose government and virtually all regulation as interference with the free market, the Kochs are in a class of their own as players on the American political stage. Their web of influence in the US stretches from state capitals to the halls of congress in Washington DC.
Charles and David Koch are each worth about $25bn, which makes them the fourth richest Americans. When you combine their...

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28 Oct 2011

Watchdog Groups Criticize Philanthropy Award Given to Billionaire Charles G. Koch

Two groups active in philanthropy and government accountability today criticized a trade organization for giving billionaire Charles G. Koch of Koch Industries an award for his charitable giving, noting that most of it is tainted because it supports Koch s political and business agenda.
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21 Oct 2011

Not an Employee Herman Cain Had Mailing and Email Addresses at Koch’s Americans For Prosperity HQ

As the New Yorker's Jane Mayer wrote earlier this week, members of Herman Cain's campaign staff are loath to discuss his longstanding ties to Americans for Prosperity and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the organizing groups founded by billionaire David Koch, about whom Mayer famously wrote a comprehensive profile last year.
As the New Yorker's Jane Mayer wrote earlier this week, members of Herman Cain's campaign staff are loath to discuss his...

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20 Oct 2011

Herman Cain and the Kochs

The Associated Press broke an interesting story recently noting that Herman Cain, who has portrayed himself as an outsider to politics, has in fact worked closely since 2005 with Americans for Prosperity, a corporate front group organized and funded in large part by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, long-time financiers of America s conservative movement.
The Associated Press broke an interesting story recently noting that Herman Cain, who has portrayed himself as an...

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16 Oct 2011

Liam Fox resignation exposes Tory links to US radical right

Fox's organisation, which was wound up last year following a critical Charity Commission report into its activities, formed a partnership with an organisation called the American Legislative Exchange Council. The powerful lobbying organisation, which receives funding from pharmaceutical, weapons and oil interests among others, is heavily funded by the Koch Charitable Foundation whose founder, Charles G Koch, is one of the most generous donors to the Tea Party movement in the US. In recent years, the Tea Party has become a potent populist force in American politics, associated with controversial stances on global warming.
Fox's organisation, which was wound up last year following a critical Charity Commission report into its activities,...

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13 Oct 2011

Koch Industries Gave Thousands To Mike Ross While Poisoning His Constituents

Over the course of his Congressional career, Ross has received thousands of dollars from Koch Industries, (something that got a little bit of news attention earlier this year) so much so that it s become apparent that he s their favorite Democrat.
Over the course of his Congressional career, Ross has received thousands of dollars from Koch Industries, (something...

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6 Oct 2011

Koch Brothers Dishonest About Keystone XL, Tar Sands Interest

On the heels of a 21-page investigative article by ?Bloomberg ?Magazine?, which covered the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, and its numerous subsidiaries over the past several decades, more damning news arrives about their dirty deeds in Canada. Today, ?InsideClimate News? reported in a story titled "Koch Subsidiary Told Regulators It Has 'Direct and Substantial Interest' in Keystone XL", that contrary to the narrative the Kochs have been dishing out to the U.S. government, Koch Industries has a huge fiscal stake in both the Keystone XL Pipeline and in Tar Sands production more generally.
On the heels of a 21-page investigative article by ?Bloomberg ?Magazine?, which covered the high crimes and misdemeanors...

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24 Sep 2011

Koch-funded lobbyist named Wisconsin chair of ALEC

A lobbyist for Koch Industries and energy interests serves with a lobbyist for Pfizer pharmaceuticals as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) corporate co-chairs in Wisconsin, according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy at this year s ALEC Annual Meeting. For some, their fundraising for "scholarships" to benefit ALEC legislative members raises issues of legislative ethics.
A lobbyist for Koch Industries and energy interests serves with a lobbyist for Pfizer pharmaceuticals as the American...
21 Sep 2011

Koch Brothers Now Attacking EPA Internships

The Koch brothers and their employees are the biggest oil and gas donors to lawmakers sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. They contributed $279,500 to 22 of the committee's 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats. Americans for Prosperity, a Koch front-group, spent over $200,000 on ads that benefited five of the six GOP freshmen members on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Koch brothers and their employees are the biggest oil and gas donors to lawmakers sitting on the House Energy and...

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21 Sep 2011

Koch-Funded Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy Gives Congress Big Freebies

A recently-formed judicial "academy" funded by industry groups and conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is offering members of Congress and their staff free meals and trips in order to "educate" the lawmakers on controversial pro-business reforms.
A recently-formed judicial "academy" funded by industry groups and conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David...

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8 Sep 2011

Chris Christie Lets Loose at Secret Koch Brothers Confab

"We know the answers. They're painful answers. We're going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We're going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We're going to have to raise the Social Security age. We're going to have to do these things. We're going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like."
"We know the answers. They're painful answers. We're going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We're going to have to...

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7 Sep 2011

When It Comes To Koch Apologists, Slate’s David Weigel Is “Chairman Of The Bored”

Slate s David Weigel is one of the few libertarian media figures who at least has had the courtesy to disclose, on occasion, his past relationships with Koch-funded outfits (Institute for Humane Studies, Reason Magazine). But half-disclosures can be deceiving. The record shows that every time the Koch-machine finds itself under media scrutiny, and its unnerving influence on our political and economic culture is exposed, you can count on David Weigel to rush to the scene and declare, Nothing to see here folks.
Slate s David Weigel is one of the few libertarian media figures who at least has had the courtesy to disclose, on...
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7 Sep 2011

The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club

Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive list of corporate America's rich and powerful to strategize and raise money for their right-wing political agenda. Mother Jones has obtained exclusive audio recordings that shed some light on the brothers' latest retreat, held at a resort near Vail, Colorado, in late June.
Twice a year, the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch host secretive retreats for an exclusive...

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6 Sep 2011

Exclusive Audio: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Seminar

During his welcoming remarks, Charles Koch warned his guests that the 2012 elections are nothing short of a battle "for the life or death of this country." He then acknowledged the individuals and families who had given more than $1 million to the brothers' efforts - though he misspoke, saying "more than a billion," earning a huge laugh from the crowd. "Well, I was thinking of Obama and his billion-dollar campaign," Koch said, to more laughter and cheers. "So I thought, 'We gotta do better than that.'"
During his welcoming remarks, Charles Koch warned his guests that the 2012 elections are nothing short of a battle "for...
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