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Koch-backed group spends $6 million on anti-Obama Solyndra ad

Mon, 01/16/2012 - 18:08

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.

Is Your Senator Representing Charles and David Koch

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 18:05

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.

Koch-Backed Group To Release $6 Million Swift Boat Style Campaign Vs. Obama

Fri, 01/13/2012 - 17:52

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 U.S. Senators Are Perfect Koch Servants, Americans For Prosperity Reports

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:42

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

Norquist, ALEC and the Koch brothers

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 10:34

"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.

ALEC Alumni in Congress

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 01:37

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.

Koch Brothers To Benefit From "Savannah River Sellout"

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 01:35

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.

Koch Industries spreads influence in key places

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 01:44

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.

Koch Brothers Financed 'Research' Institute Steps Up Misleading Obamacare Attacks

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 01:42

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

How Republicans, the Koch Bros and Walker could lose the right to vote

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 01:51

Between the insecurity of our voting machines - and the right-wing push for strict voter ID laws - the right to vote and have that vote be counted - which is the beating heart of our democracy - is in trouble. That's why today it's more important than ever to listen to what Thomas Paine said about voting rights more than 200 years ago... Paine explained why the right to vote is so important, "To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another, and he that has not a vote in the election of representatives is in this case.

Another Ignored Protest - Civil Rights Activists March on the Koch Brothers

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 01:05

In yet another example of corporate media ignoring a massive demonstration on December 10, 2011 as thousands of civil rights activists marched on the New York offices of Koch Industries and then to the UN to protest the Koch brothers support of restrictive voting laws that are set to create electoral racial segregation and disenfranchise millions of American voters.

Koch, subsidiaries to hire 300 people in Wichita

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 14:40

Koch Industries and 10 of its business units are hiring or planning to hire more than 300 workers in Wichita. That s according to Koch officials, who said this week that most of the jobs are professional - information technology, accounting and analysis, and engineering - and are new positions, not vacant ones. --- So if they are doing so well why are they fighting so hard against Obama?

Tens Of Thousands March On Koch Industries For Suppressing Voting Rights

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 01:09

This past Saturday, tens of thousands of civil rights activists marched on the New York offices of Koch Industries to protest the Koch brothers support of restrictive voting laws that disenfranchise millions. In dozens of states, Republican politicians have pushed laws that disproportionately keep Democratic voters, including blacks, Latinos, students, and the poor, from the polls.

The ALEC-Koch pipeline to Wisconsin Legislators and the Mining Bill

Sun, 12/11/2011 - 16:47

The Mining Bill released by Assembly Republicans late last week is clearly a case of Legislative patronage to a corporate sponsor in this case, Gogebic Taconite Mining, LLC. Not surprising, but more disturbing, are the covert links to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Koch Industries, and closer to home, Hamilton Consulting in Madison. All three have created an expressway of influence to Wisconsin Legislation for co-opting state resources - creating record profits for themselves (which they will ultimately pay little tax on) and untold burdens on middle class taxpayers and the environment. The investigation starts with high(or low)lights of the bill itself.

Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 16:38

Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch finally got their way in 2011. After decades of funding the American Legislative Exchange Council, the collaboration between multinational corporations and conservative state legislators, the project began finally to yield the intended result. For the first time in decades, the United States saw a steady dismantling of the laws, regulations, programs and practices put in place to make real the promise of American democracy.

Hoosiers oppose right-to-work for less bill pushed by Koch brothers

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 16:40

The Koch brothers are at it again. Through one of their favorite front groups, American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, they're pushing right-to-work for less in Indiana. Yesterday, Indiana Republicans teamed up with ALEC to promote the anti-worker proposal at the Statehouse. Reports the Indianapolis Star,

Are the Koch brothers denying your vote?

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 17:02

Voter supression laws passed around the US will put ballot boxes out of reach of millions of americans eligible to vote, may of whom are people of color, physically disabled, students and seniros. The voting rights act gives you the authority to protect constitutional voting rights. We ask you to stop the Kochs and 21st century jim crow.

Pro-Walker Ads, Courtesy of Koch Industries

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 13:03

The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has teamed up with Wisconsin's right-wing John K. MacIver Institute on a website and TV ad to support Governor Scott Walker as he faces recall. AFP and MacIver are aiming to convince residents that Walker's fiscal policies have been good for the state.

Kasich, Koch and Big-Industry Bucks: Why Ohio Is the Next Fracking Frontier

Tue, 11/29/2011 - 16:58

Fracking opponents in southern Ohio won a victory last week when the United States Forest Service (USFS) withdrew more than 3,000 acres of public lands from a federal oil and gas lease sale scheduled for December 7, 2012. The USFS announced that it needed more time to review the potential effects of fracking after receiving petitions and letters from local leaders who used the old-fashioned method of collecting signatures to catch the attention of government officials.

Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved

Fri, 11/25/2011 - 01:16

The Keystone XL pipeline, awaiting a thumbs up or down on a presidential permit, would increase the import of heavy oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. by as much as 510,000 barrels a day, if it gets built. Proponents tout it as a boon to national security that would reduce America's dependence on oil from unfriendly regimes. Opponents say it would magnify an environmental nightmare at great cost and provide only the illusion of national benefit.


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