December 21, 2011

Koch Industries

Blue Army: Finance

Koctopus: One Dollar, One Vote

Jane Mayer

Together, [David and Charles Koch] may have spent more money to influence politics than anyone else in the country:

George Mason Foundation$17,050,884
Mercatus Center$9,074,500
Americans For Prosperity$5,760,781
The Heritage Foundation$3,993,571
Bill Of Rights Institute$3,770,909
The Cato Institute$2,535,750
Republican Governor's Association$2,000,000
The Federalist Society$1,623,999
Manhattan Institute$1,600,000
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education$1,575,000
Washington Legal Foundation$1,355,000

(Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama, The New Yorker, 30 August 2010)


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  • In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt, The New Yorker, 5 June 2017.
    Jane Mayer.
  • Toxic 100 Air Polluters, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 18 October 2010.
    [Koch Industries ranked 10th highest toxic air polluter in the United States in 2010.]

  • Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama, The New Yorker, 30 August 2010.
    Jane Mayer.

    Public tax records show that between 1998 and 2008 the Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than forty-eight million dollars.
    The Claude R Lambe Charitable Foundation, which is controlled by Charles Koch and his wife, along with two company employees and an accountant, spent more than twenty-eight million.
    The David H Koch Charitable Foundation spent more than a hundred and twenty million. …

    Other gifts by the Kochs may be untraceable; federal tax law permits anonymous personal donations to politically active nonprofit groups.
    The Kochs have given millions of dollars to nonprofit groups that criticize environmental regulation and support lower taxes for industry. …
    Gus diZerega:
    Perhaps [Charles] has confused making money with freedom.
    By law, charitable foundations must conduct exclusively nonpartisan activities that promote the public welfare.
    A 2004 report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a watchdog group, described the Kochs’ foundations as being self-serving …
    These foundations give money to nonprofit organizations that do research and advocacy on issues that impact the profit margin of Koch Industries.
    The Kochs have gone well beyond their immediate self-interest, however, funding organizations that aim to push the country in a libertarian direction.
    Among the institutions that they have subsidized are
    • the Institute for Justice, which files lawsuits opposing state and federal regulations;
    • the Institute for Humane Studies, which underwrites libertarian academics; and
    • the Bill of Rights Institute, which promotes a conservative slant on the Constitution.
    David Koch has acknowledged that the family exerts tight ideological control.
    If we’re going to give a lot of money, we’ll make darn sure they spend it in a way that goes along with our intent …
    [If] they make a wrong turn and start doing things we don’t agree with, we withdraw funding.
    The greatest threat to free enterprise [Lewis Powell] warned, was not Communism or the New Left but, rather, "respectable elements of society" — intellectuals, journalists, and scientists.
    To defeat them … business leaders needed to wage a long-term, unified campaign to change public opinion.

    Charles Koch seems to have approached both business and politics with the deliberation of an engineer.
    To bring about social change [a strategy is required that is both] vertically and horizontally integrated …
    [From] idea creation to policy development to education to grassroots organizations to lobbying to litigation to political action.
    We have a radical philosophy …

    [Morlocks at the Smithsonian]

    The David H Koch Hall of Human Origins, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, is a multimedia exploration of the theory that mankind evolved in response to climate change.
    At the main entrance, viewers are confronted with a giant graph charting the Earth’s temperature over the past ten million years, which notes that it is far cooler now than it was ten thousand years ago.
    Overhead, the text reads,
    The message, as amplified by the exhibit’s Web site, is that
    [Key] human adaptations evolved in response to environmental instability.
    Only at the end of the exhibit, under the headline "OUR SURVIVAL CHALLENGE," is it noted that levels of carbon dioxide are higher now than they have ever been, and that they are projected to increase dramatically in the next century. …
    [No] mention is made of any possible role played by fossil fuels.
    The exhibit makes it seem part of a natural continuum.
    The accompanying text says,
    During the period in which humans evolved, Earth’s temperature and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere fluctuated together.
    An interactive game in the exhibit suggests that humans will continue to adapt to climate change in the future.
    People may build "underground cities," developing "short, compact bodies"” or "curved spines," so that "moving around in tight spaces will be no problem."

  • Who's to Blame — 12 Politicians and Execs Blocking Progress on Global Warming: Charles and David Koch, 19 January 2011.
    Rolling Stone Politics.

    With a combined worth of $43 billion [Charles and David Koch] are America's leading funders of the climate-disinformation machine.
    The Kochs have contributed $5 million to Americans for Prosperity, the driving force behind the Tea Party.
    They also gave nearly $25 million to conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, two of the leading players in the climate-denial racket.
    And to help kill climate legislation in Congress, Koch spent $38 million on lobbying — more than any energy company except ExxonMobil and Chevron.
    Last year, besides underwriting a host of conservative candidates in the midterm elections, the Koch brothers backed Proposition 23, the unsuccessful effort to end California's crackdown on climate pollution, and funded attacks against the EPA's right to regulate carbon emissions.

  • Koctopus: the billionaires behind the Tea Party, 13 September 2010.
    Lee Fang.

    … David Koch works with a group of other billionaires and American businessmen to convene a meeting twice a year to coordinate their funding, so, its not just David Koch, it also Bruce Kovner, the hedge fund manager, its also … Phil Anderson and these other right-wing billionaires who work together to coordinate their funds, so if you take the cumulative effect, they have much much more money [than Soros], its in the realm of billions dollars that they are spending every year.

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