From its perch in a spacious brand-new headquarters blocks from the White House, the Cato Institute has built on its reputation as a venerable libertarian research center unafraid to cross party lines.
With the Koch brothers, it s all about control. They reign over the largest private oil company in the U.S. with estimated revenues of $100 billion. They wield power over a sprawling network of nonprofit front groups with unbridled influence over everything from the Tea Party to economics professors at publicly funded universities. Forbes lists their personal wealth as $25 billion each. They own mansions in the toniest towns in America. And last week, in a decidedly Scrooge-esque maneuver, they filed a lawsuit against a widow who lost her husband to a stroke a mere four months ago over stock she inherited in the Cato Institute worth a measly $16.00.
As ThinkProgress reported last week, energy barons Charles and David Koch recently filed a lawsuit attempting to seize majority control over the libertarian Cato Institute. According to Jerry Taylor, a senior fellow at Cato, this effort is part of a longstanding effort by the Kochs to transform Cato from a warehouse for radical libertarianism into something more purely concerned with electoral politics
Koch Industries spent $40 million in the 2010 election cycle, but they've vowed to spend $100 million this year. That s not counting the money that goes to think tanks such as the Cato Institute or Americans for Prosperity to engineer research - such as making voters and decision-makers "suspect of science" - that could then help elect Republicans.
The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch filed a lawsuit Wednesday for control of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. The lawsuit exposes a power struggle for one of Washington s premiere policy centers, which has been funded by millions in contributions from the Koch brothers foundations since its founding in 1974
Just in time for the release of Brave New Foundation's new film, Koch Brothers Exposed, Rush Limbaugh has thrown in with Charles and David Koch in their letter war with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. No surprise there; Rush has made his fortune defending the rich and powerful against the 99%. But does Rush actually have a vested interest in the Koch brothers' success?
Barack Obama (Soetoro) s twitter account sent out a message late tonight urging his supporters to put pressure on Charles and David Koch - the wealthy libertarian businessmen - to disclose the list of contributors to Americans for Prosperity, their main vehicle for political activism.
Billionaire campaign donor David Koch has rarely spoken in public about the central role he has played in the election of Scott Walker as governor of Wisconsin, the defense of Walker s embattled governorship and, now, Walker s desperate attempt to defeat the recall election that more than one million Wisconsinites have demanded. Until now. And that has raised fundamental legal and political questions about the manipulation of Wisconsin politics by out-of-state billionaires
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers. Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who have bankrolled Tea Party extremism and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
Billionaire David Koch (see Koch family) joined with George Soros, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation to each give the American Civil Liberties Union $10 million to fight the PATRIOT Act . Reasonable people can disagree on the PATRIOT Act, but fighting it or trying to reform it was probably the correct thing to do.
It's not a secret the Koch brothers want to spend 200 million or more dollars in next Novembers general elections according to The Guardian (which they are ready started with attack ads portraying Obama as corrupt over the Solyndra fiasco that were shown in the state of the union address). So time to take a look at some information from the Center for Responsive Politics as to which members of congress has receive campaign contribution from the Koch brothers.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin blasted oil billionaire David Koch on Monday for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker in his fight against public unions. "I think I speak for most Wisconsinites when I say to David Koch, 'Get out of Wisconsin and take Scott Walker's dangerous agenda with you,'" Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said.
The Koch brothers -- the financial backers for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group dedicated to making Barack Obama a one-term president and rolling back union rights across the country -- rarely give interviews. So this lengthy discussion with the Palm Beach Post is noteworthy, especially since David Koch bluntly asserts that he and his brother are helping Governor Scott Walker fend off a broadly popular recall effort in Wisconsin:
In a rare interview with the Wichita Eagle, billionaire sith lord Charles Koch complained about how mean everyone is being now that much of the country is aware of his family business's activities. "We are under attack from various directions, both with threats of violence against us personally, and with threats of attacks on our businesses," Koch said. He then compared himself to the icon of the Protestant Revolution: "I kind of relate to what Martin Luther said (when Luther took on the established church and launched the Protestant Reformation): 'Here I stand; I can do no other,' " which presumably refers to the way Luther famously used his billions of dollars to bend the Catholic Church to his will.
In a sense, David Koch is becoming the Andrew Carnegie of his age. Carnegie, a Gilded Age steel tycoon, founded libraries and universities, and famously battled organized labor. The parallels with David Koch exist on both scores. Koch's $100 million pledge to MIT has created the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Koch Industries says we are lying about their stake in the pipeline and they timed the release of the threatening emails, many of which were likely sent before the Occupy movement began, in a dishonest attempt to link these threats to peaceful demonstrators.
Touching down their private jets at the Palm Springs Airport late last month, and convening at a nearby golf resort in Indian Wells, California, for a secretive retreat, wealthy conservative donors met again under the aegis of David and Charles Koch to plot the best way to pool their fortunes and defeat President Obama in November.
Just as big money is transforming politics, it s also helping to reshape American think tanks. Members of the Forbes 400 have poured millions of dollars into research organizations that fit their social, political and/or business concerns. The conservative Heritage Foundation has received funding from libertarian Charles G. Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, as well as from Richard Mellon Scaife, owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and heir to the Mellon banking fortune.
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.
At a private three-day retreat in California last weekend, conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and about 250 to 300 other individuals pledged approximately $100 million to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. A source who was in the room when the pledges were made told The Huffington Post that, specifically, Charles Koch pledged $40 million and David pledged $20 million.
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
At any serious university, allowing donors to dictate the content of teaching or research would be a cardinal sin. FSU officials have denied that their deal with the Charles G. Koch Foundation violates academic freedom. Bruce Benson, the Economics Department chair at FSU, told the Washington Post that while the Koch money paid for two new professor positions, the Koch people didn t suggest candidates for the job. "It was the other way around," Benson said. "The department gave such a list to the foundation."
We insist Charles and David Koch answer fundamental questions about how their company is positioned to catch windfall profits promised by the dangerous and unnecessary 1,700-mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Tea party activists have long disputed liberal charges that their movement is simply the product of a corporate Astroturf campaign designed to attack President Obama. For the most part, they've been right. But a new effort to recruit members and gather voter data by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group funded by the Koch brothers, may serve to revive those old claims.
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.
What s happening to academia in Florida demands national attention. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are infringing on intellectual freedom and independence in colleges and universities. It s an old fashioned quid pro quo where the Koch brothers get allied professors who ll preach Ayn Rand, supply side economic policies and the values of the 19th century Guilded Age to students and the college gets some funding.
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 Obama re-election campaign has launched its first advertisement of the 2012 election, responding to an attack ad from the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers. The Koch's political front group, Americans For Prosperity, accused Obama of "cronyism" over the Solyndra solar company in a $6 million ad campaign launched this week. Obama's rapid response, hitting the "secretive oil billionaires" and touting the growing clean-energy economy, is running in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin:
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.
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.
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group bankrolled by the multimillionaire Koch brothers, is about to unleash a $6 million dollar ad campaign in order to attack President Obama.
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
"America was never America for me, and yet I swear this oath, America will be." These are the words of Langston Hughes, the incredible African-American poet, who lived from 1902 to 1967. Perhaps the reason why can be understood in part by looking at the activities of a few very powerful, very rich people, and their effect on the laws of this country.
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.
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.
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve "model" bills.
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.
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
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.
In yet another example of corporate media ignoring a massive demonstration on December 10, 2011 as thousands of civil rights activists marched on the New York offices of Koch Industries and then to the UN to protest the Koch brothers support of restrictive voting laws that are set to create electoral racial segregation and disenfranchise millions of American voters.
Koch Industries and 10 of its business units are hiring or planning to hire more than 300 workers in Wichita. That s according to Koch officials, who said this week that most of the jobs are professional - information technology, accounting and analysis, and engineering - and are new positions, not vacant ones. --- So if they are doing so well why are they fighting so hard against Obama?
This past Saturday, tens of thousands of civil rights activists marched on the New York offices of Koch Industries to protest the Koch brothers support of restrictive voting laws that disenfranchise millions. In dozens of states, Republican politicians have pushed laws that disproportionately keep Democratic voters, including blacks, Latinos, students, and the poor, from the polls.
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.
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.
The Koch brothers are at it again. Through one of their favorite front groups, American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, they're pushing right-to-work for less in Indiana. Yesterday, Indiana Republicans teamed up with ALEC to promote the anti-worker proposal at the Statehouse. Reports the Indianapolis Star,
Voter supression laws passed around the US will put ballot boxes out of reach of millions of americans eligible to vote, may of whom are people of color, physically disabled, students and seniros. The voting rights act gives you the authority to protect constitutional voting rights. We ask you to stop the Kochs and 21st century jim crow.
The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has teamed up with Wisconsin's right-wing John K. MacIver Institute on a website and TV ad to support Governor Scott Walker as he faces recall. AFP and MacIver are aiming to convince residents that Walker's fiscal policies have been good for the state.
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.
GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain is a vessel for the dangerous political and economic ideas of billionaires Charles and David Koch, who use distraction and political manipulation to suit their own profit-driven ends, Stanley Crouch writes in his Daily News column. A continued reliance on oil is just one of their goals, he writes.
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.
A recent report in Reuters has described the billions of dollars of client accounts that were withdrawn from MF Global in the last few weeks before their collapse, including 8 accounts from Koch industries engaged in oil trade that were transferred to Mizuho Securities after years of a steady and profitable relationship with MF. The Reuters piece concentrates on the possibilities of legal "clawback" of client money if the bankruptcy does not allow remaining client accounts to be made whole.
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.
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 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.
Levi Russell, Americans for Prosperity Director of Public Affairs, contributed to a blog post calling me a liar. Russell, however, erroneously quoted the conversation and has refused to issue a correction. Yesterday, Americans for Prosperity, the corporate front group founded and financed by the Koch Brothers, posted a blog post titled: "Lee Fang Lies."
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.
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.
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.
After seeing The Huffington Post's recent story about David Koch reportedly walking unnoticed through a crowd of protesters -- who were protesting David Koch -- Joe Smyth, a media officer for Greenpeace, emailed over a video of David Koch being noticed and confronted by protesters at Friday's Defending the American Dream Summit.
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.
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 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.
Microsoft's corporate policy says that climate change requires "a comprehensive and global response" and "dramatic innovations to transition the world to a sustainable low-carbon economy." - So why was Microsoft a "gold" level sponsor at the Koch brother's Tea Party Conference in Washington, DC last weekend?2
Charles and David Koch are the most powerful right-wing billionaires of our time. They have spent hundreds of millions bankrolling a broad attack against Social Security, organized labor, financial regulations, environmental protection and public education. The brothers plan to spend at least $200 million trying to elect right-wing, anti-government Republicans in 2012, according to Politico. They seem hell-bent on dragging America back to the dark days of unregulated capitalism. The history of their grandfather in Texas may help explain why.
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.
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
On Friday, oustide the Americans for Prosperity Foundations forum backed by billionaire industrialist David Koch, - hundreds of protesters from various Occupy movements and nonprofits including Greenpeace gathered outside to rally against the Koch brothers's involvement in politics.
Through their web of political influence, billionaire political operatives Charles and David Koch have bought access to democracy's lifeblood: free and fair elections. The Kochs have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states.
We have extensively covered the Control of the Democrat machine by George Soros. Here is the other side: WARNING: Do NOT confuse these Phony "libertarians" with big L Freedom oriented Minarchists! Its a false front. Dr Ron Paul does not get a penny from these posers.
One of the most prominent global warming skeptics is changing is his tune. Richard Muller, a physicist who spent two years trying to see if mainstream climate scientists were wrong about the earth's climate changes, determined that they were right, the Associated Press reported. His findings showed the temperature had risen about 1.6 degrees since the 1950s.
The oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, the heads of Koch Industries, are some of the far right s biggest funders. They have provided millions of dollars to bankroll causes ranging from school privatization to climate change denialism. On Saturday, nearly a hundred 99 Percenters in Kansas took their complaints about this corporate influence in democracy directly to the Kochs by marching on the Wichita headquarters of Koch Industries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I want Charles and David Koch to come visit me first hand and see how their factory and pollution have hurt my neighbors. I have heard from thousands of people all across the country, but I am still looking and listening for a RSVP from Charles and David themselves.
A new climate study shows that since the mid-1950s, global average temperatures over land have risen by 0.9 degrees Celsius (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit), confirming previous studies that have found a climate that has been warming - in fits and starts - since around 1900.
In an op-ed published in today s Florida Times-Union, St. Johns Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon writes that Floridians "deserve answers" about a nearly four-mile pipeline that would carry waste from a Palatka paper mill owned by Koch Industries subsidiary Georgia-Pacific into the St. Johns River.
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.
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.
Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield requesting an investigation of the link between Koch Industries and the Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier this year, Koch Industries denied any connection between Koch and the Keystone XL pipeline.
Billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch aren't the only ones who saw our latest investigative film. Thousands of people have posted comments on our Facebook page and have offered additional testimony about the Koch brothers' pollution in their communities.