Koch Brothers Political Network Expanding To New States, Upgrading Technology

By: Friday April 24, 2015 11:00 am

Here's your headline/huge news of the day — from Fox News, no less: "Koch Brothers Picking A Candidate" pic.twitter.com/9FS4KTm16u — American Bridge (@American_Bridge) April 22, 2015 The influence of the Koch Brothers is set to expand even further than the pages of Mother Jones. According to a story in Politico, the political network setup by Charles and David Koch [...]

 

Koch And Friends Pledge To Spend Almost $1 Billion On 2016 Races

By: Tuesday January 27, 2015 8:00 am

#Koch brothers spending versus #union spending. There's really no comparison — the Kochs outspend everyone. pic.twitter.com/e1nPrrPJDh — #BoycottKoch (@GoodbyeKoch) January 19, 2015 Just as Republicans attempted to opportunistically use wealth inequality as an issue against Democrats news breaks that the Koch brothers and their comrades plan to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 elections. [...]

The Economic Blind Spot Among Progressives

By: Sunday October 26, 2014 11:40 am

Organizations claiming to be progressive are not interested in economic issues. They do not seem to notice that the rich support all efforts to trample on them and their issues, and are not capable of rallying people to resist.

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Koch-funded Reason Magazine Amazed By Reasonable Answers From Climate Activists

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 12:17 pm

There is an unfortunate tradition amongst ideological media of interviewing average Americans at a rally whose ideas they oppose and asking slanted questions to make the demonstrators look foolish and ill-informed. It occurs both among the right and the left and is cheap and obnoxious in both instances. Typically the average demonstrator is not schooled in the media vernacular that the oh-so-savvy interviewer is using and expresses themselves inexpertly and inarticulately. In many cases the statements are neither inarticulate nor inexpert they just do not fit within the concision limits of a highly edited interview segment.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 1:59 pm

Mainstream political understanding in the United States is increasingly informed by the perception that our elections and lives are being determined by the outsized spending of millionaires and billionaires we will never meet. The poster boys of plutocracy are the subject of this year’s book by Mother Jones senior editor Daniel Schulman in Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty.

With a timely release, considering our current national zeitgeist and upcoming midterm elections, Sons of Wichita has been received and celebrated with a twist: Schulman’s tomb of “Kochology” has been received with surprise for its non-condemning tone. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart joked “these Koch brothers almost seem human,” in an interview with Schulman.

Koch Network Raised Over $400 Million in 2012

By: Monday January 6, 2014 11:07 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 $400 million in 2012. That’s quite a haul and certainly further evidence that moneyed interests believe quite sincerely that politicians are some of the best investments.

New Study: Koch’s Could Make $100 Billion on Keystone XL Pipeline Deal

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 4:00 pm

A new study released today concludes that Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is given the go-ahead by U.S. President Obama.

Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 5:45 pm

Benjamin Gamboa doesn’t know John Arnold, but they are linked by a shared concern over the fate of public-employee pensions in California.

“I’m proud to have a pension,” the 30-year-old Gamboa says. “I believe every American should have a pension.”

Koch Brothers’ Money Influencing Colleges and Nonprofits

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 11:17 am

A report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop details the extensive amount of money Charles and David Koch have provided to colleges and non-profits. 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.

David Koch Fallout From New Yorker Article; Koch Continues Harassment of Journalists

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 6:00 pm

Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City’s largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET’s leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.

Sure enough, WNET didn’t get David Koch’s hefty donation.

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