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In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt. If there was any lingering doubt that a tiny clique of fossil-fuel barons has captured America’s energy and environmental policies, it was dispelled last week, when the Trump Administration withdrew from the Paris climate accord.

In the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Koch Brothers’ Campaign Becomes Overt

Surveys showed that a majority of Americans in literally every state wanted to remain within the agreement, and news reports established that the heads of many of the country’s most successful and iconic Fortune 100 companies, from Disney to General Electric, did, too. Voters and big business were arrayed against leaving the climate agreement.

Yet despite the majority’s sentiment, a tiny—and until recently, almost faceless—minority somehow prevailed. How this happened is no longer a secret. The answer, as the New York Times reported, on Sunday, is “a story of big political money.” Until recently, those buying the fealty of the Republican Party on these issues tried to hide their sway, manipulating politics from the wings. Guess Who’s Backing Scott Pruitt To Head The EPA? The Koch Brothers. - BillMoyers.com. Oklahoma Attorney General and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Capitol Hill January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Guess Who’s Backing Scott Pruitt To Head The EPA? The Koch Brothers. - BillMoyers.com

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members defending Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common. Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump's Liaison to Congress - BillMoyers.com. Activists hold a protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch on June 5, 2014 in New York City.

Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump's Liaison to Congress - BillMoyers.com

The demonstrators were protesting against the campaign contributions by the billionaire Koch brothers who are owners of Koch Industries Inc. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) This post originally appeared at PRwatch.org. When the history of Donald Trump’s administration is written, people may point to the appointment of a Koch Brothers operative to a little-known White House position as a turning point in Trump’s evolution from unorthodox Republican candidate to doctrinaire corporate politician. Meet Trump Legislative Director Marc Short. Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose. David Koch, not holding up well under scrutiny.

Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose

Three New Ways the Koch Brothers Are Screwing America. "They are truly cowards in the worst way," says filmmaker Robert Greenwald, of the notorious billionaires Charles and David Koch.

Three New Ways the Koch Brothers Are Screwing America

And he should know. Five Myths About the Koch Brothers — And Why It Matters To Set Them Straight - BillMoyers.com. David Koch listens to Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addressing the "Defending The American Dream Summit" organized by Americans for Prosperity in Washington, DC on November 4, 2011.

Five Myths About the Koch Brothers — And Why It Matters To Set Them Straight - BillMoyers.com

United States of ALEC. BILL MOYERS: Welcome, to a story that's been unfolding for more than 30 years but has gone largely untold.

United States of ALEC

That's the way the central characters wanted it. They were smart and understood something very important: that they might more easily get what they wanted from state capitals than from Washington, DC. So they started putting their money in places like Raleigh, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Madison, Wisconsin. A CMD Special Report on ALEC's Funding and Spending. This CMD Special Report cuts through the PR spin and exposes the funding and spending of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

A CMD Special Report on ALEC's Funding and Spending

Almost 98% of ALEC's funding comes from corporations like Exxon Mobil, corporate "foundations" like the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, or trade associations like the pharmaceutical industry's PhRMA and sources other than "legislative dues. " Those funds help subsidize legislators' trips to ALEC meetings, where they are wined, dined, and handed "model" legislation to make law in their state. Through ALEC, corporations vote on "model" legislation with politicians behind closed doors. Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election! - BillMoyers.com. David Koch gives a thumbs-up to Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain during the Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center November 4, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election! - BillMoyers.com

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) David Brooks is a worried man. 'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise. David Koch speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit in 2015.

'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

He and his brother Charles lead a conservative political network that plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 elections. Paul Vernon/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Vernon/AP David Koch speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit in 2015. He and his brother Charles lead a conservative political network that plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 elections. Paul Vernon/AP In January 2015, at a private conference in Palm Springs, Calif., the political network led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch announced plans to spend $889 million in the 2016 elections.

Koch's Dark Money and what it funds. Father of Koch Brothers Helped Build Nazi Oil Refinery, Book Says. Morning Reads: New Details on the Kochs' Dark Money ATM, Contemplating a US-Russia Alliance, Who Relies on Wall St. Most? Good morning! Here’s your daily digest of money-and-politics news and the headlines of the day, compiled by BillMoyers.com’s John Light. (You can sign up to receive Morning Reads daily in your inbox!) The dark money ATM –> According to tax filings by an organization that funnels money to the Koch brothers’ causes, the Kochs raised at least $162 million in 2013 and 2014 and distributed that money to more than 20 different groups. 'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest.

This post was first published Common Dreams. We’re reprinting it here as part of our continuing coverage of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. In 2012, Moyers & Company produced a documentary that revealed how corporations and state legislators are colluding to write laws and remake America, one statehouse at a time. Protesters carried signs and chanted “ALEC, go home” during an afternoon demonstration outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday.

(Photo: Chris Stone/Times of San Diego) Fighting to protect dark money. These are just some of the “hot topics” on the agenda this week as conservative lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and top GOP candidates from around the country gather in San Diego for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s annual meeting. ALEC Exposed. Progressive Policies Win at the Ballot Box Ballot measures across the country passed on November 8th highlighting the fact that progressive values still resonate with the U.S. electorate.

Gains were made even in the face of industry deception and big dollar ad campaigns. In a victory for climate activists and solar energy, Floridians voted down Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would have made it hard for people with solar panels to sell energy back to the grid.