#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. [...]
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 27, 2015 8:00 am|
|By: masaccio 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Connor Gibson 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.
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Kevin Grandia 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.
|By: Gary Cohn 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.”
|By: DSWright 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.
|By: Connor Gibson 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.
|By: DSWright Wednesday April 24, 2013 10:20 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 to many who wondered if the interest was purely business. Now it has been reported that their interest in the media company is mostly political.