Paris Exit Was 'Victory Paid and Carried Out' by Republican Party for the Koch Brothers. The 22 Republican senators who sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement received more than $10 million dollars in campaign funds from fossil fuel interests.
The two-page letter was signed by a number of Republican heavyweights from coal/gas/oil-rich states, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas. The Guardian calculated that the 22 senators received a total of $10,694,284 from oil, gas and coal money in just five years. (See the breakdown below.) However, that sum does not even come close to the amount of undisclosed funds coming from the deep pockets of Charles and David Koch's coal, oil and gas conglomerate, Koch Industries, and other outside groups. As the Guardian explains: Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, shared recently his views on Trump's climate walkout.
John Cornyn, Texas. Koch. Koch Brothers Winter Meeting: Cautious Optimism for Future Battles. Indian Wells, Calif. — “Elections are one thing,“ Brian Hooks, co-chair of the Koch Seminar Network told an audience of 550 well-heeled donors Sunday.
“But if we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that the biggest mistake that groups can make after an election is to pack it up and go home.” He quoted the network’s founder, Charles Koch, declaring, “the measure of success is not whether our candidates win; it’s what the winning candidates do as a result of our involvement.” The Koch network can accurately boast that it has become one of the most consequential forces in American politics, with what it calls a “permanent grassroots infrastructure in 36 states.” Last year’s elections capped an odd but ultimately happy year for the network.
Koch Brothers Worried Trump's Extreme Presidency Will Lead to Far-Left Revolt - The Ring of Fire Network. The Koch Brothers have woken up from their Libertarian dream into a fascist nightmare, and are already backpedaling furiously to save their political cash and capital in the rapidly dissolving Trump presidency.
Koch Network Focuses On Understanding Trump Voters - BuzzFeed News. Officials: Koch summit to highlight programs for the poor. WASHINGTON — Stand Together, one of the newest branches of the vast policy and political operation controlled by billionaire Charles Koch, has surpassed its fundraising goals and quadrupled its staff in its first year as the Koch-aligned donors pour greater sums into projects aimed at spreading their free-market activism to the poor.
The non-profit, which provides seed money and advice to private organizations addressing social problems, now employs 20, up from 5 when it launched in early 2016, and works with 30 groups around the country, Evan Feinberg, the group’s executive director, told USA TODAY. Stand Together still is among the network's smallest groups, but its growth spurt reflects the push by Koch and his allies to reshape public life around their small-government ideas. “It’s not the proper role of government to step into these local communities to try to solve the problems of persistent poverty,” Feinberg said in an interview. Read more: Read or Share this story: What's the US billionaire Koch brothers' beef? In this uncertain world, there are still a few unalterable facts of political life.
For example, Republicans always do what Charles and David Koch, the billionaire bankrollers of right-wing politics nationwide, tell them. Then again, maybe not. As it happens, the Koch brothers are deadset against the House Republicans' business tax reform plan, yet GOP leaders are pushing it anyway. At issue is the proposed destination-based cash flow tax (DBCFT), which despite its eye-glazing name is anything but a tepid idea. To the contrary, it could affect long-standing business models across corporate America. Here's the plan: Instead of today's corporate tax, which charges rates up to 35 per cent on worldwide income, adjusted for deductions and loopholes, the DBCFT would impose a flat 20 per cent tax only on earnings from sales of output consumed within the United States (with an immediate write-off on capital investment and no deduction for net interest).
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence — High Country News. President-elect Donald Trump vowed to “drain the swamp” and rid Washington D.C. of lobbyists, corporations and industry influence.
But with each new appointment, it becomes clearer that many his transition team members, Cabinet picks and close staffers are the very types he said he would steer clear of. According to an ongoing analysis by the left-leaning Washington D.C. -based policy research and advocacy organization Center for American Progress, nearly a third of Trump’s transition team has ties to Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers that own the second largest privately held company in the country, Koch Industries, and have founded and funded many conservative organizations.
Rebranding the Koch Brothers. On the night of November 2nd, well-dressed Wichita residents formed a line that snaked through the lobby of the city’s convention center.
They all held tickets to the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual gala, which had drawn thirty-five hundred people. The evening’s featured speaker, Charles Koch, had lived in town almost all of his eighty years, but few locals—even prominent ones—had ever laid eyes on him. Charles, along with his brother David, owns virtually all of the energy-and-chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, which is based in Wichita and has annual revenues of a hundred and fifteen billion dollars. Charles’s secretive manner, right-wing views, and concerted campaign to exert political influence by spending his fortune have made him an object of fascination, especially in his home town. “You never see him,” one local newsman whispered. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Big-Donor Education Secretary. After choosing for his cabinet a series of political outsiders who are loyal to him personally, Donald Trump has broken with this pattern to name Betsy DeVos his Secretary of Education.
DeVos, whose father-in-law is a co-founder of Amway, the multilevel marketing empire, comes from the very heart of the small circle of conservative billionaires who have long funded the Republican Party. Trump’s choice of DeVos delivers on his campaign promise to increase the role of charter schools, which she has long championed.
But it also flies in the face of his fiery anti-establishment campaign rhetoric. Trump Energy Agenda Revealed in Thomas Pyle Memo. Lies the Koch Brothers Tell. Charles and David Koch are living proof that money talks.
The brothers, who inherited a massive oil fortune and made it even larger, rarely speak publicly about politics and the environment. Yet few people have more influence over public policy. Through their advocacy group and “think tanks,” the Kochs helped make climate change denial a thing. They fund academics who appear to support their agenda—then drop them when they accept the reality of climate change. Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine - Greenpeace USA. About Our Data: Greenpeace uses 1997 as a benchmark year due to increased coordinated backlash against global climate negotiations leading to the Kyoto Protocol of 1998.
We define climate change denial as “anyone who is obstructing, delaying or trying to derail policy steps that are in line with the scientific consensus that says we need to take rapid steps to decarbonize the economy.” We do this to hold accountable those who do not state their intentions honestly. Modern lobbyists decreasingly deny outright the irrefutable science, but instead deny the need for viable solutions — such as a cost on industrial carbon pollution, energy efficiency, clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels — as demonstrated by the science.
Trump brings Koch network's green-energy foes from the fringe to the center of power. When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe. With Donald Trump’s election, however, that group, the Institute for Energy Research, has moved suddenly from the fringe to the center of power. The president-elect has sent the group’s president, a former Koch Industries lobbyist named Thomas Pyle, to the Energy Department to take charge of its transition. For years, Pyle has led a coordinated national assault on renewable power. His groups and others that belong to the sprawling network bankrolled by Charles and David Koch, whose vast fortune stems originally from oil refining, pressure lawmakers to roll back policies that promote green power.
Trump’s Koch administration. Charles Koch once likened the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to being asked to choose cancer or a heart attack. Now, Koch’s allies are helping to launch Trump’s administration, giving Charles and his brother David potential inroads with a president whose campaign they refused to support. Story Continued Below The president-elect, in filling out his transition team and administration, has drawn heavily from the vast network of donors and advocacy groups built by the billionaire industrialist brothers, who have sought to reshape American politics in their libertarian image. From White House Counsel Don McGahn and transition team advisers Tom Pyle, Darin Selnick and Alan Cobb to Presidential Inaugural Committee member Diane Hendricks and transition-team executive committee members Rebekah Mercer and Anthony Scaramucci, Trump has surrounded himself with people tied to the Kochs. Trump’s press office didn’t respond to requests for comment.
But there’s an added appeal for Trump. It’s Time To Save ‘Libraries’ From The Koch Brothers, All You Four-Eyes Pointy-Headed Smarties! When you think of Charles and David Koch and their dreams of remaking America into a libertarian paradise, you generally associate them with campaigns to elect rightwing candidates who promise to never raise taxes or regulate industry, but their tentacles extend much farther than national campaigns for candidates.
As we’ve noted previously, their front group “Americans For Prosperity” (AFP — but not Agence France Presse) has also taken aim at local elections on public transit funding, because government should never be in the business of helping people for any reason. In 2015, they murdered a Nashville plan to improve transit, out of pure libertarian principle of course. They also fought against a funding measure for the local zoo in Columbus, Ohio. Fans of libraries tend to be a prickly bunch, however, and so the group EveryLibrary has launched a funding drive to mobilize library supporters to fight Koch-funded anti-library measures. Trump’s Koch administration. Michael Moore compares DeVos to Koch bros. 56-Million Voters Handed the Kochs and Religious Right Control Over America.
*The following is an opinion column by R Muse* It is probably the case that many Americans have either heard of or had to live through what is known as the framework that helps humans learn to live without someone or something, they lost. The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Right now after a little over 55-million voters installed a bigot, fascist, and sexual predator as leader of the free world, Democrats appear to be deep into the five stages of grief and are now so angry they are ready to do battle. Courage is an admirable quality, but courage without strength or power is a lesson in futility and that is what Democrats have to look forward to over at least the next four years and likely over the next decade.
And instead of a firewall in the White House, a kill switch to stop an impending disaster, Republicans will have a happy fascist with a rubber stamp. Readers often query this author to explain why this column is always so cynical. 1 Kansas Zip Code is source of millions in campaign cash, and donors are named Koch. A single Kansas ZIP code – 67201 – is the source of more than $7.6 million in contributions to federal candidates and political action committees this year. That would place it among the top postal codes in the nation for campaign donations, according to Federal Election Commission filings sorted by the Center for Responsive Politics. $7.6 million Campaign contributions from Kansas ZIP code 67201 Except the Wichita ZIP code, in reality, is the post office box of a single company, Koch Industries.
Charles G. Koch, the chairman and CEO of Koch, alone contributed $6 million from that ZIP code to Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC that is buying ads opposing Democratic Senate candidates in swing states. How the Koch Brothers Killed the Florida Film Industry. Florida’s film and TV industry is in a free-fall after the state scrapped its film incentives program earlier this year. Koch Brothers’ Latest Target: Pope Francis. On a spring night in downtown Washington earlier this year, hedge fund managers and CEOs mingled with religious scholars and priests at a cigar reception on the 11th floor of the Renaissance Hotel. The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles.
Koch brothers Hispanic group airs TV ads for Marco Rubio. The $700,000 ad buy is the first of its kind of the Libre Initiative, a group that seeks to convince Hispanics to back conservative candidates. It is a major shift and signals that the powerful group, which has in the past focused primarily on community organizing, is becoming more comfortable with political warfare. The Koch Brothers Won’t Fund Trump's GOP Convention. The Koch Brothers Are Trying To Handpick Government Officials. We Have To Stop Them. What Charles Koch really thinks about climate change. Charles Koch stands for a portrait at the Freedom Partners Summit on Aug. 3, 2015, in Dana Point, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon for The Washington Post) Charles Koch had been talking for more than an hour — about markets, philosophy and why he is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to fund university research, particularly in economics — when the subject turned to climate change.
Inside Charles Koch’s $200 million quest for a ‘Republic of Science’ Charles Koch stands for a portrait after an interview with the Washington Post at the Freedom Partners Summit on Aug. 3, 2015 in Dana Point, Calif. The Koch Brothers Could Walk Away With Madoff Cash. Cashed Out: Koch Bros. Sit on Wallets in ‘16. David and Charles Koch, the wealthy brothers whose donor network has given hundreds of millions to Republican causes and candidates in the past, aren't going to pour cash into the third-party bid of Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson – and reportedly won't spend a dime on GOP candidates in 2016.
In Leaked Tape Mitch McConnell Admits The Koch Brothers Are Running The Republican Party. Koch brothers said to be funding plan to block Grand Canyon conservation. Charles Koch Is Privately Committed To Getting Paul Ryan Nominated In Cleveland: Source. The Secrets Behind the Koch Brothers: Inside the Remarkable New Book That Details Their Dirtiest Deeds. This is the Kochs’ right-wing coup: Deny voting rights, flood politics with dark money, capture the courts. United States of ALEC. The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power. Charles Koch says he agrees with Bernie Sanders about inequality — but does he really? The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles. The Koch Brothers Are Now Funding The Bundy Land Seizure Agenda. The Koch Brothers Are Now Funding The Bundy Land Seizure Agenda.
Busted: Kochs Funding Bundy Militia, Rancher Extremists So They Can Drill On Public Land. Father of Koch Brothers Helped Build Nazi Oil Refinery, Book Says. Koch Congress Still Pushing Keystone After Four Pipeline Explosions In A Month. Charles Koch: We’re just getting started - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO. Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ S...
GOP Hopefuls To Talk Economic Growth at Koch Brothers Event. Mitt Romney Has a Koch Problem. Koch Party Delivers SOTU Response. Kochs take off mask, plan direct attacks on Democrats. Markos Moulitsas: Bad math for the Kochs. Exclusive: Inside the Koch Brothers’ Secret Billionaire Summit. EXCLUSIVE AUDIO: How the Koch Brothers Are Molding the Next Scott Walkers.
Charles Koch Personally Founded a Group Protecting Oil Industry Handouts. – Koch Brothers Freak Out After Rolling Stone Tells The Truth About Them (IMAGE) In Leaked Tape Mitch McConnell Admits The Koch Brothers Are Running The Republican Party. Three New Ways the Koch Brothers Are Screwing America. Why Unions Should Stop the Koch Brothers From Buying the Tribune Papers. Koch Industries Responds to Rolling Stone – And We Answer Back. Koch brothers spend millions telling Latinos how stupid they are. Koch vs. Koch: The Brutal Battle That Tore Apart America's Most Powerful Family. The “Other” Koch Brother. 17 things you didn’t know about the Koch brothers. A “tragic family story”: Inside the Koch brothers’ past — and uncertain future. The Koch Brothers and Their Daddy: Spending Millions To Wreck the Country That Made Them Rich. John Doe Docs Indicate "David Koch" Call Part of Case Against Walker.
Gov. Walker, illegal money, the Koch brothers, and Judge Randa. Memo: Value in anti-Koch attacks - Maggie Haberman. How the Koch Network Exploited the Veterans Affairs Crisis. Citizen Koch. Response to Rolling Stone Story. Inside the Koch Brothers' Toxic Empire. The Koch Brothers – Exposed!