For the Koch brothers, $80 billion in wealth, apparently, is not good enough. Owning the second largest private company in America is, apparently, not good enough. It doesn’t appear that they will be satisfied until they are able to control the entire political process.
The thin-skinned Koch Brothers can't take Harry Reid's criticism. This is typical of wealthy heavy weights like the Koch heads. They can't take the heat. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid ... says he has no problem with the Kochs being wealthy, but he has a major problem with them buying America via the electoral process. He says they are today's John Birch Society writ large. Reid hit the Kochs where it hurts. Thank you Senator Reid. Thank you Tracy Knauss.
Charles Koch blasts “collectivists” The billionaire industrialist and GOP donor [owner] says he's being unfairly maligned for believing in liberty. Bemoaning “the current administration” and its “central belief and fatal conceit” that “you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you,” Koch notes that his advocacy has caused “collectivists” to “engage in character assassination.”
Koch Brothers Quietly Seek To Ban New Mass Transit In Tennessee The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help in the state from Charles and David Koch.
A recent George Washington University battleground poll of 1,000 registered “likely” voters found just over half (52 percent) had never heard of sleazy oil tycoons Charles and David Koch (pronounced “Coke,” guys!). The good news is 1-in-4 voters knew enough to have an “unfavorable” view of the billionaire bros.
Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But...
Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But... Union spending is spread among a number of diverse initiatives and the Unions do not target, and buy, individual Legislators. Koch Bros. spending dwarfs spending by any single Union.
How The Koch Brothers Are Hacking Science Housed at Boston’s Suffolk University, BHI turns out study after study for right-wing, anti-government groups. Funding for BHI’s relentless efforts has come from Charles and David Koch. BHI has worked closely with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-funded network of ultra-conservative legislators and policy analysts, which drafts and advocates laws that will push state policies to the right.
Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE A review of 2012 tax returns filed by Koch network groups shows that most have been set up as nonprofit trusts rather than not-for-profit corporations, an unusual step that reduces their public reporting requirements. It sounds complicated and arcane because it is.
Billionaire Brothers Threat to US Democrats Hopes - Ring Of Fire Radio "It's clear they are trying to buy a senator whose strings they can pull in Washington to get their special interest policies passed," Hagan's communications director Sadie Weiner alleged.
Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade When, for example, the Charles Koch Foundation in 2011 pledged $1.5 million to Florida State University’s economics department, a contract between the foundation and university stipulated that a Koch-appointed advisory committee select professors and conduct annual evaluations, No such level of detail is supplied by the Koch foundations in their federal tax filings, with grants typically listed as going toward “general support” or “educational programs.”
Here’s How the Koch Brothers Plan to Destroy a Small Town in Wisconsin: Between 2010 and 2013, Governor Walker took over $11 million from the energy industry for his campaign. That includes thousands of dollars from Mr. Cline’s group GTAC. This relationship led to Governor Walker signing a Republican-led, pro-mining law that was created with the “input” of GTAC in January of 2013. The new law made it easier for GTAC to secure regulatory approval.
Koch Group, Spending Freely, Hones Attack on Government - The organization now has more than 200 full-time paid staff members in field offices in at least 32 states. The idea is to embed staff members in a community, giving conservative advocacy a permanent local voice
Koch’s tangled political network uses obscure LLCs to hide from the public “My guess is that we’re looking at various forms of disguise — to disguise control, to disguise the flow of funds from one entity to another,” said Gregory Colvin, a tax lawyer and campaign-finance specialist in San Francisco who reviewed all the documents for ProPublica. The most likely reason that the Kochs are using this arrangement was to exert control over the groups without saying publicly who was in charge.