Charles Koch Offers Public Defense Of Using His Wealth In Politics

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 8:39 am

Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, has offered a public defense of using his massive wealth to influence the political process in his favor. Koch claims he is “fighting to restore a free society.” Koch even went on to claim he is a victim because instead of focusing on his ideas people are noting the [...]

Koch Network Raised Over $400 Million In 2012

By: Monday January 6, 2014 10:20 am

A look now at what the Citizens United decision and a permissive FEC has wrought. According to a report by the Washington Post a Koch Brothers backed network of fundraising organizations raised an amazing $407 million in 2012. That’s quite a haul and certainly further evidence that moneyed interests believe quite sincerely that politicians are [...]

Koch Brothers’ Money Influencing Colleges and Nonprofits

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 8:11 am

A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop details the extensive amount of money Charles and David Koch have provided to colleges and nonprofits. The Koch Brothers have already established themselves as one of America’s most influential political forces but now there is detailed evidence how far their reach extends into purportedly independent organizations and institutions. [...]

Koch Brothers Eye Tribune Purchase To Spread Conservative Message

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 7:37 am

Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, are looking into the purchase of the Tribune Company; a media conglomerate that owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Given the Koch brothers’ extensive funding of right-wing causes the news that they were interested in buying one of America’s most powerful media companies was concerning [...]

Local Law Enforcement, Officials Angered by Walker Consideration of Planting Troublemakers at Rallies

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 9:42 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – In the Capitol Rotunda, virtually everyone is talking about the release of the prank phone call from “David Koch” to Scott Walker. “I love when people get tripped up by their own words,” said one protester, a former Wisconsinite who drove down from Minneapolis to be at the Capitol. An older [...]

Prank Koch Call Changing the Battle for Public Opinion in Wisconsin

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 7:42 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – I’ve explained the mechanics of the State Senate and Assembly votes, and the atmosphere inside the occupied Capitol. Now let’s turn to the politics, which have gotten very interesting over the past 24 hours. The prank phone call to Gov. Scott Walker by a man pretending to be billionaire industrialist David [...]

Walker Punked By Fake Koch Brothers Call

By: Wednesday February 23, 2011 7:33 am

This is priceless. Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast (the site appears to be down at the moment, but twolf1 has posted both videos on MyFDL) called up Gov. Scott Walker, posing as wealthy industrialist and campaign donor David Koch. They had a 20-minute chat. Here’s an excerpt: Koch: We’ll back you any way we can. [...]

Riverside County Cops at Yesterday’s Uncloak the Kochs Event Funded By Stimulus Dollars

By: Monday January 31, 2011 10:54 am

Lee Fang adds an interesting detail to my story on yesterday’s Koch Brothers protest in Rancho Mirage. Riverside County Sheriff spokeswoman Melissa Nieburger told me that the city of Rancho Mirage contracts its police force from the county sheriff. What I didn’t know is that the sheriff’s department covered a large shortfall in their budget [...]

Thousands Converge on Koch Brothers Billionaire’s Caucus; 25 Arrested

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 4:34 pm

Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Rancho Mirage, California today, at a protest in front of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, site of the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” an annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers and other corporate entities and conservative movement operators. Riverside Sheriff’s deputy Melissa Nieburger said that the sheriff’s department did have contacts [...]

Headed to the Koch Rally

By: Sunday January 30, 2011 6:00 am

Briefly: wanted to let you know that I’ll be in Rancho Mirage, California today reporting on the meeting of the “Uncloak the Kochs” rally. If you’re unaware of what this is all about, here’s Bob Edgar of Common Cause to explain. Charles and David Koch are holding something called the “Billionaire’s Caucus” in Rancho Mirage [...]

Kochtopus the Gathering: Secret Corporate Billionaire Meetings to Set Course of a Nation

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 9:12 am

I don’t suppose it’s a surprise that super-rich financiers and business tycoons periodically meet to determine how to best shape the world to their ends. Actually, we had that for about a minute on the liberal side, with the Democracy Alliance; it didn’t really hold up. This Kochtopus gathering seems much more robust; and the [...]

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