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At a private three-day retreat in California last weekend, conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and about 250 to 300 other individuals pledged approximately $100 million to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. A source who was in the room when the pledges were made told The Huffington Post that, specifically, Charles Koch pledged $40 million and David pledged $20 million.
In recent years, billionaire oil magnates David and Charles Koch have bankrolled the Tea Party movement, Republican candidates, and efforts to deny the existence global warming. But less noticed have been their series of twice-yearly strategy coordination meetings for wealthy right-wing donors. These secret confabs have attracted Republicans like Govs. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL), as well as former Fox News Channel talker Glenn Beck, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and executives from the oil, banking, and health insurance industries
At any serious university, allowing donors to dictate the content of teaching or research would be a cardinal sin. FSU officials have denied that their deal with the Charles G. Koch Foundation violates academic freedom. Bruce Benson, the Economics Department chair at FSU, told the Washington Post that while the Koch money paid for two new professor positions, the Koch people didn t suggest candidates for the job. "It was the other way around," Benson said. "The department gave such a list to the foundation."
We insist Charles and David Koch answer fundamental questions about how their company is positioned to catch windfall profits promised by the dangerous and unnecessary 1,700-mile long Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Tea party activists have long disputed liberal charges that their movement is simply the product of a corporate Astroturf campaign designed to attack President Obama. For the most part, they've been right. But a new effort to recruit members and gather voter data by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group funded by the Koch brothers, may serve to revive those old claims.
Imagine Charles and David Koch testifying, under oath, in Congress. Even though the billionaire oil industry brothers continue trying to dodge accountability, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Koch brothers to testify and answer a few simple questions about how the Kochs are positioned to gain financially by the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would make the Koch brothers even richer.
Ed Schultz talks with filmmaker Robert Greenwald about the Koch Brothers' influence on American colleges, and about their role in the 2012 election.
What s happening to academia in Florida demands national attention. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are infringing on intellectual freedom and independence in colleges and universities. It s an old fashioned quid pro quo where the Koch brothers get allied professors who ll preach Ayn Rand, supply side economic policies and the values of the 19th century Guilded Age to students and the college gets some funding.
The Koch Congress as Think Progress calls them are members of congress that accepted money, known as bribery in most countries, from the billionaire Koch Brothers. Keeping money out of government is the main issue of rulings such as Citizens United, and the general atmosphere of a long corrupted US Congress.
The Obama re-election campaign has launched its first advertisement of the 2012 election, responding to an attack ad from the petrochemical billionaire Koch brothers. The Koch's political front group, Americans For Prosperity, accused Obama of "cronyism" over the Solyndra solar company in a $6 million ad campaign launched this week. Obama's rapid response, hitting the "secretive oil billionaires" and touting the growing clean-energy economy, is running in Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin:
A conservative group is spending $6 million in battleground states on a new ad critical of President Obama's role in funding the failed green energy firm Solyndra, whose bankruptcy last year despite a federal loan guarantee has proven a major embarrassment for the administration. Americans for Prosperity - group partially funded by the billionaire Koch brothers - said that the campaign will begin airing Monday in Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and Iowa.
Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch look like they're easy graders. Their Tea Party group released its rankings this week of senators and congressman who tow the Koch line most, and it gave a total of 44 A+s for the 112th Congress.
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group bankrolled by the multimillionaire Koch brothers, is about to unleash a $6 million dollar ad campaign in order to attack President Obama.
Five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100 percent score from the Koch brothers Astroturf group Americans For Prosperity for the first half of the 112th Congress. AFP judged Congress on their votes to protect the Koch brothers right-wing petrochemical empire on such issues as the repeal of President Obama s new health care law, preempting EPA s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Chairman Paul Ryan s budget to end Medicare, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval to overturn new regulations and the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills
"America was never America for me, and yet I swear this oath, America will be." These are the words of Langston Hughes, the incredible African-American poet, who lived from 1902 to 1967. Perhaps the reason why can be understood in part by looking at the activities of a few very powerful, very rich people, and their effect on the laws of this country.
TransCanada Northern Border Inc. (Keystone XL) is a Subsidiary of ONEOK Inc., and ONEOK Inc. has a Partnership with Koch IndustriesSat, 12/31/2011 - 01:14
Talk about how oil and gas companies can dictate oil price. Well certainly having a hand in every major venture like it would seem Koch Industries has been could definitely impact on the price of gas, especially when you considered all the assets Koch Industries owns all around the world. To top that Republicans in Congress want the President to make a decision on the Keystone XL in sixty days (they added this to the Payroll tax extention bill where it should not have been), ignoring the environmental dangers, but through further investigation it appears the company that suppose to be over everything is only the operator and other companies through partnerships are the ones behind it all.
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve "model" bills.
In addition to the financial and political favors she s already alleged to have already received for betraying South Carolina s economic and environmental interests, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley may reap yet another major reward from her "Savannah River Sellout." -- Specifically, her decision to accommodate the state of Georgia s government-funded Savannah port expansion project - which will effectively kill a public-private port facility in Jasper County, S.C. - will benefit a pair of major players in Republican Party politics.
I read with great interest Bruce Kading s September editorial in The St. Augustine Record protesting U. S. Rep. John Mica s sponsorship of HR 2018, which would dismantle large portions of the Clean Water Act. Of even greater interest to me was that Georgia-Pacific, who wishes to run a pipeline dumping toxic chemicals into the St. Johns River, is owned by Koch Industries. They and other industries that would benefit from HR 2018 have lavished more than $100,000 in campaign contributions to Mica. Sen. Marco Rubio has also received $32,000 in campaign contributions from Koch Industries.
Sally Pipes, the President & CEO of the Koch Brothers funded Pacific Research Institute (which also received or currently receives hefty amounts of cash from corporations such as PhRMA, Pfizer and Exxon Mobile), recently shared her view of the findings of a Deloitte survey of America s physicians, offering the study up as the latest proof of how Obamacare is destroying the nation s health care system