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: When environmental journalist David Sassoon began reporting about the billionaire Koch brothers’ interests in the Canadian oil industry last year, he sought information from their privately held conglomerate, Koch Industries. Here’s how the Koch brothers retaliate against journalists they don’t like
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.
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. Notorious Koch Brothers Win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award
LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Philippe Bernard "Ne laissez pas le gouvernement jouer au docteur !" Ce message dénonçant la loi Obama sur l’assurance santé, concluait une vidéo choc qui a fait le buzz sur Internet en septembre. Un Oncle Sam menaçant, figurant l’intrusion de l’Etat, y surgissait entre les jambes d’une femme en plein examen gynécologique. Au même moment, un tweet alarmant – "Obamacare est une catastrophe" – se répandait sur les réseaux sociaux, tandis que des élus en difficulté dans leur circonscription recevaient des avertissements liés à leurs positions sur l'assurance santé. Les frères Koch, les milliardaires derrière le "shutdown"
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor By Rebecca Leber on July 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm "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.
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. Koch brothers hire lobbyists to fight carbon tax, save poor and old people
L’intérêt particulier contre l’intérêt général. C’est à cela que ressemble la politique aux États-Unis. Tous les quatre ans, les candidats se fabriquent à coup de millions de dollars, à coup de spots anti ou pro tel candidat. Et contrairement à l’idée reçue, ce ne sont pas les lobbyistes qui courent vers Washington, mais bien les élus locaux qui ont besoin d’argent. Un système terrible où un congressiste moyen doit générer 18 000 dollars par jour. L’Amérique qui flippe ou l’Amérique qui floppe ? (9
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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. But a new report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University reveals even more about how the Koch brothers have undermined climate action. Since 2008, the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity has been urging candidates and politicians to sign its “No Climate Tax Pledge.” In 2010, we noted that many Republican House and Senate candidates had signed it, and in 2011, that at least one GOP presidential candidate had. But it turns out the pledge has been far more widespread and influential than most people realized. From the Investigative Reporting Workshop: How the Koch brothers screwed over the climate even more than you know
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