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. The right-wing, oil-baron Koch brothers haven’t yet succeeded in taking over any of our nation’s major newspapers, so in the meantime they’re trying other tactics to influence news coverage of their activities.
The Washington Post has a chilling report: 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.
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. “When it comes to pulling levers behind the scenes for those who wreck our climate, destroy wild places and attempt to kill our last remaining wildlife, the Koch Brothers are in a class by themselves,” said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Center. 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. Carbon-tax proposals are going nowhere in Congress, but the Koch brothers aren’t taking any chances.
A few non-office-holding Republicans and a few actual-office-holding Democrats are calling for a carbon tax, but the current Congress would never pass one, and even the Obama administration has said it doesn’t want one. Still, a grandstanding Republican representative, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, is pushing a House resolution declaring that “a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy” and “to American families and businesses,” and that it would “fall hardest on the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes.”
(Never mind that many carbon-tax proposals are designed specifically to ease burdens on low-income Americans. Facts are not of interest here.) 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.
L’Amérique qui flippe ou l’Amérique qui floppe ? (9. 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.
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. America has Enemies. Domestic Enemies,Terrorist if you are on the reviving end of there Terror as it turns out they are MORE dangerous and destructive than the terrorists could ever hope to be. Because while the terrorists want to destroy us, the following people and their organizations are doing far more damage. All of these people and their organizations pose a serious threat to the American people. They target women, senior citizens, minorities, homosexuals, non-Christians, and American workers. Outside Groups Eclipsing G.O.P. as Hub of Campaigns. Koch industries. The Koch Brothers - People & Power. 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. 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. Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic Representative Henry Waxman called on Republicans to investigate Koch Industries Inc.’s denials that it has a financial stake in TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Waxman of California, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today wrote committee Chairman Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, and Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, who leads the energy and power subcommittee, renewing a previous request that the panel examine Koch’s role. The pipeline, opposed by environmental groups, is under review by the U.S. Koch, Exxon Mobil Among Corporations Helping Write State Laws. Koch Industries Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) are among companies that would benefit from almost identical energy legislation introduced in state capitals from Oregon to New Mexico to New Hampshire -- and that’s by design.
The energy companies helped write the legislation at a meeting organized by a group they finance, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Washington-based policy institute known as ALEC. The corporations, both ALEC members, took a seat at the legislative drafting table beside elected officials and policy analysts by paying a fee between $3,000 and $10,000, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News. 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...
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