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.

 

Leading Climate Change Skeptic Bjorn Lomborg Taking Big Oil and Koch Money

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:05 am

Bjorn Lomborg has made a name for himself going around the world denying the severity of climate change. Unlike more extreme denialists such as Senator Inhofe, Lomborg does not claim climate change is an outright hoax. Instead, Lomborg does his best to present himself as a reasonable, learned skeptic claiming the effects of climate change will not come as soon nor be as severe as predicted by most scientists.

Lomborg’s best-selling 2001 book, The Skeptical Environmentalist, whose sequel served in part as the basis for the 2010 documentary film Cool It, sought to cast doubt on many concerns of the modern environmentalist movement including climate change.

Koch Brothers Target Solar Industry

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 11:02 am

It was kind of inevitable wasn’t it? After annihilating the movement to regulate carbon emissions the fossil fuel industry, most prominently Koch Industries, is going after the solar industry.

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.

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.

Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney’s Law Firm Represents TransCanada’s Pipeline in Alaska

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:50 pm

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama’s personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada’s South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project.

Furthermore, Dan Sullivan, current Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, and former Alaska Attorney General and former Assistant Secretary of State in the Bush Administration, is a former Perkins attorney.

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.

Koch Brothers Eye Tribune Purchase to Spread Conservative Message

By: 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.

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