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 [...]

Romney Encouraged Business Owners to Instruct Employees on How to Vote

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 10:05 am

Every four years we get a trickle of stories about workplace intimidation over the election. Either a corporation’s CEO tells its workers to vote for a particular candidate, or they stuff propaganda in with their paycheck or in a company newsletter, or they simply say that they’ll have to fire workers if the “wrong” candidate [...]

Film Shows Epidemic of Cancer Downstream from Koch Industries Plant in Arkansas

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 8:51 am

A provocative new video from Brave New Films exposes what appear to be serious environmental crimes in Crossett, Arkansas, caused by waste product at a Georgia-Pacific plant. Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries. In the video, the citizens of Penn Road, a residential neighborhood behind a channel into which the Georgia-Pacific plywood, paper mill, and [...]

Noted Liberal Rag Bloomberg Levels Serious Charges at Koch Industries

By: Monday October 3, 2011 4:36 am

Bloomberg, the news organization for patchouli-burning, Birkenstock-wearing hippies everywhere, has a long story alleging that Koch Industries traded with Iran, paid bribes to win contracts, stole oil, and engaged in “violations of criminal law,” according to the company’s own internal documents. “Those activities constitute violations of criminal law,” Koch Industries wrote in a Dec. 8, [...]

Koch U: Florida State University Hands Over Economics Department to Billionaire Libertarians

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:20 am

Via Andy Kroll, the billionaire Koch brothers, based on a minor investment, are remaking the economics department at Florida State University: A foundation bankrolled by Libertarian businessman Charles G. Koch has pledged $1.5 million for positions in Florida State University’s economics department. In return, his representatives get to screen and sign off on any hires [...]

Koch Industries Sent Political Mailers to Employees, Telling Them Who to Vote For

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 11:20 am

A new investigative piece by The Nation exposes the pre-election activities at Koch Industries, which instructed its 50,000 employees who to vote for and why in an election packet full of right-wing propaganda. The packet (they were mailed to employees in all states; the linked example is the one from Washington state) included Koch-endorsed and [...]

Mr. Walker Goes to Washington

By: Thursday April 14, 2011 8:29 am

Scott Walker was called in to testify in the House Oversight Committee on his deficit reduction strategy, i.e. busting unions. The House Oversight Committee is an appropriate venue: 14 of the Republican members have received campaign contributions from the Koch Industries PAC, which is intimately involved with funding Walker as well. The Koch’s favorite son [...]

Large Protests in Madison Today; 1 Million Predicted Nationwide Tomorrow

By: Friday February 25, 2011 11:54 am

MADISON, WI (FDL) – Thousands of people have turned out in Madison today to protest the budget repair bill, which passed the State Assembly in a wildcat vote Thursday night. Members of several unions, most prominently the Plumbers and Steamfitters union of Madison and Milwaukee, were out in force. Madison schools are closed today, so [...]