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Political activities of the Koch brothers

Political activities of the Koch brothers
The political activities of the Koch brothers include the financial and political influence of Charles G. and David H. Koch on United States politics. This influence is seen both directly and indirectly via various advocacy and lobbying organizations in which they have an interest.[1][2] The Koch brothers are the sons of Fred C. Koch, who founded Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States, of which they own 84%.[3] Having bought out two other brothers' interests, they remain in control of the family business, the fortune which they inherited from their father, and the Koch Family Foundations. The brothers have heavily contributed to libertarian and conservative think tanks and campaigns. Background[edit] David H. David Koch has voiced support for gay marriage and U.S. military withdrawal from the Middle East. Interested in maintaining their privacy, they prefer to spend on donations to non-profit groups who do not disclose donors.[17] Impact[edit]

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