Boycotting the Koch brothers? Better get a new brand of toilet paper. The Kochs are cooking up a new dirty-energy political scheme. The Koch brothers have seen Tom Steyer’s $100 million bet and they’re raising it by almost $200 million more.
Steyer, billionaire hedge-fund manager turned climate activist, set a goal earlier this year of spending $100 million in the 2014 midterm elections to support candidates who care about climate change. So far fundraising for his super PAC has been weak, but the Kochs aren’t taking any chances. The Daily Beast reports that “the billionaire Koch brothers and scores of wealthy allies have set an initial 2014 fundraising target of $290 million which should boost GOP candidates and support dozens of conservative groups – including a new energy initiative with what looks like a deregulatory, pro-consumer spin.” Here’s more: A few Koch network-backed nonprofit groups including [Americans for Prosperity] have long fought against climate change regulations, a carbon tax, and subsidies for renewable energy.
Here’s how the Koch brothers retaliate against journalists they don’t like. 6 Reasons Charles Koch Is Full of Crap. This past week, Charles Koch, one half of the infamous Koch brothers, penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal.
Unsurprisingly, Koch believes (or at least wants us to believe) that his selfish, capitalist ways represent the true American spirit and that he should be championed as a protector of liberties. Go ahead and read his essay, and then when you’re done pounding your head against the wall, let’s take a look at some of the quotes that make the rest of us so angry: 1. Koch resents being labeled “un-American,” saying that his personal principles are the most American of all. “I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives.”
You see, the reason that Koch is so successful is because he understands what it means to be an American better than the rest of us. 2. As PolitiFact points out, this claim is decidedly false. 3. Half of voters have no idea who the Koch brothers are — so here’s a quick and dirty primer. A recent George Washington University battleground poll of 1,000 registered “likely” voters found just over half (52 percent) had never heard of sleazy oil tycoons Charles and David Koch (pronounced “Coke,” guys!).
The good news is 1-in-4 voters knew enough to have an “unfavorable” view of the billionaire bros. And Democrats in particular are wise to the Kochs’ dirty energy-loving 1 percentism, according to Politico: It’s Election Day, and the Koch brothers have more votes than you do. When you fantasize about what you would do if you inherited a vast fortune, what do you think of?
Vacation homes? Private jets? How about influencing electoral outcomes in towns of 20,000 that you will never set foot in? Well, if you find that last one odd, clearly you aren’t a Koch brother. David and Charles Koch have turned their attention to obscure local races, The New York Times reports. Thus far, AFP’s local advocacy is focused on limiting government spending and taxes generally. If AFP and other Koch-backed organizations continue to intervene in small, local campaigns, it could hold back environmental protection. The environmental stakes in local elections can be enormous, with implications for climate change. Currently, there is a pro-coal majority on the council, and so environmentalists have poured more than $400,000 into a campaign to flip seats there, while the coal industry has chipped in at least $150,000 for the other side.
And they will have to be. Notorious Koch Brothers Win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award. For Immediate Release, October 31, 2013 Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960 Notorious Koch Brothers Win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award TUCSON, Ariz.— The Koch Brothers, an ultra-secret and super-rich duo that shamelessly funnels money to the climate-denier movement and campaigns to ram through the Keystone XL pipeline, are the lucky recipients of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2013 Rubber Dodo Award, given annually to those who have done the most to drive endangered species extinct.
Previous winners include climate denier James Inhofe (2012), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2011), former BP CEO Tony Hayward (2010), massive land speculator Michael Winer (2009), Alaska Gov. Les frères Koch, les milliardaires derrière le "shutdown" LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Philippe Bernard.
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor. By Rebecca Leber "Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor" A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people.
According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth. On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election. Koch brothers hire lobbyists to fight carbon tax, save poor and old people. The Brothers Koch quietly become largest tar-sands lease holders in Alberta (UPDATED) UPDATE: It looks like Steve Mufson and Juliet Eilperin, the authors of the Washington Post article upon which this post was based, are backing down on their claims — sort of.
The Koch brothers have leases on a confirmed 1.1 million acres of Alberta tar sands, and the article’s authors cite unnamed “industry sources we consider highly authoritative” who estimate that amount of land to be closer to two million acres. Mufson and Eilperin claim that if the latter figure is accurate, the Koch brothers are indeed the largest lease-holders in the region. However, Jonathan Adler, a columnist for the Washington Post, indicates that it’s possible that Canadian Natural Resources holds leases on 2.5 million acres of tar-sands land, which would exceed even the Kochs’ theoretical holdings. You can read Mufson and Eilperin’s fairly half-hearted mea culpa here, and Adler’s response to the original article here. Dirty Kochs will dish out millions for polluting this Texas town. The U.S.
Department of Justice just slapped another polluter around. Yesterday, Justice officials ordered the Koch brothers-owned Flint Hills Resources company to pay $350,000 in Clean Air Act fines for spewing thousands of tons of hazardous air pollutants from one of its chemical plants in Port Arthur, Texas. The company must also spend upwards of $30 million on equipment upgrades to reduce its emissions for particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide — agents of asthma, lung disease, and death, respectively. This is no small matter for the Gulf Coast city, about 90 minutes east of Houston. L’Amérique qui flippe ou l’Amérique qui floppe ? (9. L’intérêt particulier contre l’intérêt général.
Kochs Team Up With Scott Brown, Mitt Romney To Destroy Democracy. Republican want to gain control of the Senate as much as they want the White House. And nowhere is this more apparent than Massachusetts where, despite earlier pledges by Sen. Scott Brown (R) to run a clean race, a whole lot of dark and dirty money has been flowing to his campaign, courtesy of the Koch brothers. Koch Bros. Feelings Hurt By New Galifianakis Comedy. Zach Galifianakis stars with Will Ferrell in a new political comedy “The Campaign” and has apparently struck a nerve with the Koch brothers.
In the movie, Ferrell plays an incumbent Congressman who is running in what is supposed to be an uncontested race. But then the wealthy “Motch” brothers, played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow finance a lovable buffoon of candidate played by Galifianakis to run against Ferrell and, if the writers and actors do their job, hilarity ensues.
While doing press for the film the Galifianakis confirmed the “Motch” brothers in the film are stand-ins for the Koch brothers, and recently said about this about the billionaire conservative political financiers, “I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.” Newsroom summary on the Koch brothers and AFT. Koch Funded Pro-Walker Ads Prove the Need For Truth in Advertising Laws. Koch Bros. Sue For Control Of Cato Institute. How do the mega-rich begin to implode? Usually through a shareholder lawsuit. Charles and David Koch, billionaire activists launched a legal battle over control of the Cato Institute, one of the nation’s best-know libertarian think tanks.
The Cato Institute was founded in 1974 as the Charles Koch Foundation and until last year had four shareholders: Charles Koch; David Koch; Edward H. Crane III, Cato’s president; and William A. Niskanen, who died in October. Koch Bros. Get Into Local News Business. The revolution won’t be televised and, if the Koch brothers have their way, it won’t even make it into print.
According to a new report by Media Matters For America, the Koch brothers have entered the local news market via the purchase and control of state news Web sites. They are doing this through a front called the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a multimillion-dollar organization whose Websites and affiliates provide free statehouse reporting to local newspapers and other media across the country. Ohio governor paid by Koch Brothers to commence Fracking. Adam Curtis Blog: THE CURSE OF TINA. Koch industries. Policy Analyst and Research Fellow, Economic Freedom Project Job at Charles Koch Institute. 11 4 11 dc protesters hit by car cops let driver go call DCPD. The Enemies Within: The Most Dangerous Conservatives And Their Organizations. Outside Groups Eclipsing G.O.P. as Hub of Campaigns. Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times David Koch, a billionaire businessman, is a financer of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group with a growing role.
They share polling and opposition research, preview their plans for advertising and contacting voters in swing states, and look for ways to coordinate spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the next 12 months, drawing on years of experience laboring for the party. But almost none of them hold office or a job with the itself. Instead, they represent conservative groups that channeled tens of millions of dollars into last year’s Congressional campaign. Koch industries. The Koch Brothers - People & Power. By People & Power reporter Bob Abeshouse Charles and David Koch are each worth about $25bn, which makes them the fourth richest Americans. When you combine their fortunes, they are the third wealthiest people in the world. Radical libertarians who use their money to oppose government and virtually all regulation as interference with the free market, the Kochs are in a class of their own as players on the American political stage.
Scott Walker names key figures to his transition team. Madison — Governor-elect Scott Walker reached out to two loyal supporters to lead his transition team and build up an administration that will have to tackle enormous challenges in the coming months. Michael W. Grebe, the president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, has been named the chairman of the transition team, and real estate executive John Hiller has been named the director, Walker announced Friday. Later in the day, Hiller requested $82,700 in state money to run the transition team, which was less than then Governor-elect Jim Doyle requested in 2002.
The Legislature's budget committee will meet to consider that request Monday. "Restructuring the executive branch will require strong leaders, innovative ideas, and smart staff," Hiller said in a statement. Toxic Waste Courtesy of Koch Brothers. Koch Industries stands to profit off Keystone XL. How The Kochs Are Fracking America. Waxman Wants Koch Interest in Keystone Pipeline Investigated. Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws. Koch Industries Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. How the Koch brothers screwed over the climate even more than you know. Billionaire oil moguls Charles and David Koch have had a pernicious effect on climate and energy policy, a host of other progressive issues, and American democracy itself, as we’ve reported many times before. Koch brothers and beyond: The anti-union agenda of right-wing billionaires. Friendly Smoker™: "RT @AnonCorpWatch: The #Ko. Robert Greenwald: heres vid of my convo w @T... Thom Hartmann & Robert Greenwald - Killer Koch Cancer Connection.
Cancer Risks For Koch Profits - Koch Brothers Exposed. The Koch Brothers Explain the Recession. When you talk too much for Twitter. Bloomberg Markets: Koch Industries Sold Petrochemical Equipment To Iran And Bribed Countries For Contracts. Ludmila Egorova-Farines, the Koch compliance officer who blew the whistle wasn’t rewarded for what she found. Her superiors removed her from the inquiry in August 2008 and fired her in June 2009, calling her incompetent, even after Koch’s investigators substantiated her findings. She sued Koch-Glitsch in France for wrongful termination… Koch Industries units have also rigged prices with competitors, lied to regulators and repeatedly run afoul of environmental regulations, resulting in five criminal convictions since 1999 in the U.S. and Canada… Sally Barnes-Soliz, who’s now an investigator for the State Department of Labor and Industries in Washington, says that when she worked for Koch, her bosses and a company lawyer at the Koch refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, asked her to falsify data for a report to the state on uncontrolled emissions of benzene, a known cause of cancer.
Barnes-Soliz, who testified to a federal grand jury, says she refused to alter the numbers. Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales. In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts. “I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.” Charles Koch to Friedrich Hayek: Use Social Security! Robert Greenwald: To David Koch: Will You Be My Guest in Arkansas? Koch Industries had inside man at the EPA. Thom Hartmann & Tom Linzey - Fighting back against Citizens United one community at a time. Exclusive Audio: Inside the Koch Brothers' Secret Seminar.
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