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  • No, the Kochs won't make $100 billion from the Keystone XL pipeline

    11/20/2014 11:21:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact.com PunditFact ^ | November 19, 2014 | Katie Sanders
    Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are stoking fear about the project by connecting it to two of the biggest bogeymen in politics: Charles and David Koch. The claim goes that the Koch brothers stand to make $100 billion if the pipeline gets built. The figure, which would effectively double the Kochs’ net worth, has bounced around liberal news organizations and was repeated this month by progressive radio talk show and TV host Thom Hartmann on his RT show. Take it with a block of salt, a PunditFact analysis finds.
  • Post election myths

    11/17/2014 7:56:10 AM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 2 replies
    Longboat Key News ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | Tom Burgum
    In the aftermath of almost any election, commentators and talking heads perpetrate a number of myths that purport to explain why whatever happened, happened. The losing side usually is active in this effort in order to explain why they were pummeled by the electorate. The aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections is no different.The corrupting influence of money especially that spent on behalf of the other side is a myth that plays into the hallmark of progressive politics, at least in its current incarnation. This line of reasoning is very current in the post election debate.Last Wednesday, the day after...
  • 'Dear Koch Brothers: We Aren't Going Anywhere' (Dems doubling down)

    11/07/2014 9:18:11 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/7/14 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and TARINI PARTI
    Democrats are doubling down on their attacks against the Koch brothers. Prompted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats spent millions of dollars spotlighting Republican ties to the billionaire conservative megadonors Charles and David Koch. But despite Republicans — and some Democrats — publicly decrying the strategy after Tuesday’s GOP wave as an ineffective waste of money, Reid told allies on election night that he planned to continue hammering the brothers, according to an operative close to him. Continue Reading Text Size And big-money liberal groups ranging from the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm and House super PAC to the outfits...
  • Welcome to Kochtopia

    11/08/2014 6:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | November 8, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    This yearÂ’s midterm elections produced a number of winners and losers. Among the losers we can count the likes of Hillary Clinton, Tom Steyer, Sandra Fluke, Wendy Davis, Ron Paul, Barack Obama (obviously), Harry Reid, and other enemies of freedom. Winners include: America, Mitch McConnell, moral progress, and, above all, the Koch brothers.The Republican wave was a crucial step on the road to Kochtopia, which would be like heaven on earth for pot smokers, gay marriage advocates, bald eagles enthusiasts, art lovers, people who like hospitals and equality in education, and those who love America.Democrats tried to run against the...
  • Since Harry Reid is so obsessed with the Kochs. . .

    11/07/2014 7:13:18 AM PST · by Salgak · 13 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | 11/7/2014 | Bill Perman
    Harry Reid is doubling down on his attacks on the Koch Brothers as the fount of all evil. . . . So here's an idea (shamelessly stolen from a poster on "Chicks On The Right". . .) When Reid is officially fired in January, we need to hold some kind of "Salute to Harry Reid." For his relentless attack on the Koch brothers, we'll call it "A Coke for Reid" day, in which everyone pours themselves a glass of Koch, errr, Coke, raises there glass, and drinks to Harry Reid's retirement. This could be as much fun as the icebucket...
  • Ed Show Guest: Joni Ernst Is A 'Trained Circus Monkey' Of The Kochs

    10/15/2014 4:44:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 14, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    Word salad of left wing buzz words will leave you laughing. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MSNBC's Ed Schultz has been increasingly, visibly, sweatily desperate as the day count down to the election, and his choices in topics and guests reflect that. On Tuesday's show, Ed's guest, radio host Mike Papantonio delivered just what the doctor ordered for the poor, overwrought Ed: a blazingly useless word salad of left-wing buzz words and scare phrases all wrapped up in a neat Koch bow. Harry Reid would be proud (if he were capable of positive emotions). “"The Joni Ernst candidate is the perfect mental and moral blank...
  • Should Nationalizing Elections With Either The Koch Brothers Or Obama Be Eschewed?

    10/08/2014 7:13:33 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 31 replies
    10/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should election campaigns and the candidates themselves - be it in Iowa with Bruce Braley (D) saying his rival Joni Ernst (R) is tied to the hip of the Koch Brothers or be it Tom Cotton in Arkansas (R) saying his rival Mark Pryor (D) is tied to the hip of Obama - eschew such tactics? In summation... Should both sides (be it the candidates and PACs on the Republican and Democrat side) eschew this political tactic, or should both sides continue to employ this tactic - and how is the MSM figuring into the dissemination of this political tactic?
  • Koch v. Kennedy: Philanthropist Versus Narcissist

    10/03/2014 9:04:00 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 7 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 3, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    A couple of weeks ago at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met’s new facade on Fifth Avenue. ... Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete. The Left demonizes David Koch and his brother Charles for their free-market views, their political donations, and the fact that they run a substantial energy company. Harry Reid has made a new career of it, calling them “un-American.” But on the platform...
  • Activists demand WGBH dump David Koch

    10/02/2014 8:29:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 2, 2014 | Chris Cassidy, Robert Greim
    Nearly 100 environmental activists protested outside WGBH’s Brighton studios yesterday calling for conservative billionaire David Koch’s ouster from the public broadcaster’s board of trustees. “I am here today because David Koch is a climate denier and ’GBH has scientific programs and he should have absolutely no influence on PBS and public broadcasting,” said Nate Goldshlag of Arlington.
  • Court: Obama Admin Can’t Hide Investigation into Former White House Adviser Austan Goolsbee

    09/30/2014 5:21:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday. A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of Action whether records of an investigation exist. Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after TIGTA refused to confirm or deny the existence of the investigation in what is commonly known as a “Glomar response.” “The court has ruled that the federal government cannot...
  • Republican Sighted in Academe!

    09/29/2014 8:17:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 27, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academia is up in arms. The board of trustees at Florida State University (FSU) just named a Republican to be its president. Something called the FSU Progress Coalition just posted its concerns on the Academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP): “Throughout the presidential search process at Florida State University, students were told that their voices were being heard. But really? Who was listening? The media was listening, the nation was listening, FSU alumni, faculty, and staff were listening. But the corporate/political elite, the 11 members of the Board of Trustees that voted for John Thrasher...
  • 4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions

    08/25/2014 5:47:21 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 25, 2014 4:42 AM (ET) | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They're demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations. These are the Koch brothers, and perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them.
  • The Kochs Brothers' plan to beat Harry Reid

    08/19/2014 1:16:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Politoc ^ | 08/19/2014 | By KENNETH P. VOGEL and BURGESS EVERETT
    LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid’s reelection is more than two years off, but the Koch brothers’ political machine is already methodically laying the groundwork that will be used to try to take him out. The efforts in recent months have been largely subterranean, but they are unmistakable. A handful of nonprofit groups in the vast political network helmed by allies of the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch have established or expanded permanent ground operations in Reid’s backyard. Focused on wooing key demographics like Latinos and veterans, they’ve also paid for ads assailing the Senate Democratic leader. Reid, meanwhile, is...
  • Michael Savage: Koch Brothers Behind Facilities for Illegals?

    08/04/2014 4:57:11 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 25 replies
    michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | Aug. 4, 2014 | Michael Savage
    SAVAGE: KOCH BROS. BEHIND FACILITIES FOR ILLEGALS?
  • Meet the Head of the Lefties’ Koch Network

    07/23/2014 11:37:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 7/23/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here’s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He’s a protected elite — Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official — with ready access to the White House. He and the Left’s other dark-money managers preach transparency and openness while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government.
  • David Koch: His name, his legacy

    07/12/2014 4:03:32 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | 07/12/2014 | Roy Wenzl
    Charles and David are each worth about $40 billion. Koch Industries, which David helps Charles run, is a Wichita-based company. It makes everything from jet fuel to Brawny paper towels, and earns more than $115 billion annually. They own it privately and don't have to make the company's finances public. They are not conservative Republicans; they are Libertarians, believing in as little government as possible. David supports gay marriage, believes in evolution and has no stated position on gun control. Hours after David Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary in Virginia, Koch looked upset. "God,...
  • Major Union Drops Partnership With United Negro College Fund Because Of The Kochs

    07/10/2014 1:42:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07/10/2014 | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s largest public-sector unions is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund because the group accepted donations from the Koch brothers and its president spoke at a Koch-funded summit. In a letter sent Tuesday, AFSCME President Lee Saunders wrote that the UNCF has taken actions “deeply hostile” to public employees, which he considers a “profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement,” and that the union will end its relationship with UNCF. Saunders cited the UNCF’s decision to accept a $25 million grant from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch...
  • GOP created a nativist monster: How radical wingnuts seized the party

    07/01/2014 10:10:48 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Salon ^ | Heather Digby Parton
    Politico ran an interesting article last Friday about the apparent stall of momentum on immigration reform that was assumed to be on the way to a reasonable compromise just a few months ago. It begins, naturally, with an assault on the liberal immigration reform groups for speaking out of turn and making the president angry with their incessant demands. He’s quoted as saying “If you take the pressure off of them and put it on me, you’ll guarantee that there is no legislation.” Evidently he actually believed that the Republicans would respond to pressure from Hispanic rights groups. (One might...
  • After getting treatment in a Koch-funded hospital, MSNBC host has total change of heart

    06/25/2014 12:24:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/25/2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell returned to the network after spending several weeks recovering from a motor vehicle accident in which he broke his hip in multiple places and sustained a variety of other injuries. While O’Donnell appeared totally healed from his ordeal, he came back a changed man on at least one issue: the Koch brothers. In an emotional monologue, O’Donnell opened up about the taxi accident that sent him and his brother to a hospital – a hospital which he praised profusely. That facility was the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where David Koch...
  • Koch Derangement Syndrome Breaks Out After $25 Million Donation To United Negro College Fund

    06/18/2014 11:26:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 18, 2014 | George Leef
    On June 6, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announced the receipt of the fifth largest donation in its history — $25 million from Charles and David Koch. Had the money come from any other source, we would have smiley faces all around. But because the Koch brothers have been so relentlessly demonized by defenders of the mega-state (Harry Reid denounces them as “un-American” on the Senate floor; others use language much worse than that), the gift has led to spasms of outrage. As we read in the Inside Higher Education story about the Koch gift, Koch haters let fly...
  • Kochs launch new Super PAC for Midterm Fight

    06/17/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 1 replies
    Politico` ^ | June 16, 2014 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and DARREN GOODE
    During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund. The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns — part of a much larger spending effort expected to total $290 million, sources told POLITICO., The vast network of political nonprofit groups they helped build has mostly funneled its unprecedented political spending into issue-based campaigns that usually slam Democrats for supporting big government but seldom...
  • Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers

    06/02/2014 11:37:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 2, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Tea Party Patriots has filed a complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) with the Senate Ethics Committee to protest his repeated attacks against Charles and David Koch. Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, filed the complaint, charging Reid with “unlawfully and unethically targeting private citizens.” The complaint further states that Reid “has misused Senate staff or resources to engage in partisan campaign activity in violation of federal laws and Senate rules.” Reid has repeatedly slammed the Koch brothers, two of the richest men in the world, for funding attack ads against Democratic candidates. Americans for...
  • Harry Reid Backs Constitutional Amendment To Limit Koch Brothers’ Influence

    05/14/2014 1:19:46 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 59 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | May 14, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Frustrated by the “sewer” of modern American political campaigns, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday said that he would bring a constitutional amendment to the floor granting Congress the ability to set strict new limits on campaign contributions, warning he will force multiple votes if necessary to pass the measure. “When I came to Congress, when you got money you had to list who you got it from, what their occupation was, address, and phone numbers if you had it. Then I saw things change. In 1998, [former Sen.] John Ensign and I ran against one another and...
  • Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate

    05/13/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate By Mario Trujillo - 05/13/14 01:04 PM EDT Former Vice President Al Gore blamed Republicans’ fear of crossing the mega-donor Koch brothers for the GOP's skepticism on climate change. Gore, during an interview Monday, said it is not "complicated why they have all been cowed into abandoning" their position on the issue, asserting that Republicans fear facing opponents financed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, who have poured millions into the midterm elections this year. "Anyone who wants to set his or her aspirations on the Republican nomination for the presidency...
  • The Most Republican Company? The Makers of Wonder Bread

    05/10/2014 3:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 7, 2014
    The most Republican-leaning company in the country, based on political donations, isn’t Koch Industries. It’s the company that makes Wonder Bread. The political action committee of Flowers Foods, a Georgia company that produces the pillowy sandwich bread, Tastykakes and Nature’s Own baked goods, has given more than 99 percent of its political contributions since 1979 to Republicans. Only three Democratic congressional candidates have gotten money from its PAC since 1984, and not one in the past 20 years.
  • Reid: Kochs ‘main causes’ of climate change

    05/08/2014 9:36:18 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    politico ^ | may 7, 2014 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Charles and David Koch are one of the “main causes” of climate change, charged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor. “While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. That’s what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this. Not a cause, one of the main causes,” Reid said. Now in his fifth month of flogging the billionaire conservative benefactors on the Senate floor, Reid dubbed them “multizillionaires” on Wednesday and mockingly applauded their spokeswoman for saying...
  • Reid: ‘Don’t Pick On’ Sheldon Adelson— ‘I Know Him’

    05/08/2014 7:11:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    NRO ^ | May 8, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Don’t expect Harry Reid to launch a tirade against Nevada businessman Sheldon Adelson anytime soon. Speaking with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, the Senate majority leader explained why he targets the Koch brothers exclusively while leaving other wealthy donors for both parties out of his senate-floor criticisms. “They are in it to make money,” Reid said. “That’s their whole goal here: To add zeros to their billions.” When pressed why Adelson gets a pass, Reid got very defensive, pointing to his personal relationship with the magnate. “I know Sheldon Adelson — he’s not in this for money,” he said “He’s in it...
  • Special-Interest Groups Widening Political Attack Ads

    05/06/2014 10:58:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 14, 2000 | PETER MARKS
    It was one of the more astonishing political images of the year: a newspaper advertisement that linked Osama bin Laden, the suspected international terrorist, with Senator Spencer Abraham, the Michigan Republican. Why is the senator, asked the advertisement that ran in some of Michigan's largest newspapers, ''trying to make it easier for terrorists like Osama bin Laden to export their way of terror to any street in America?''
  • Steve King Takes Aim At Mark Zuckerberg: 'Go Back To San Francisco'

    04/28/2014 4:37:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Mollie Reilly
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is firing back at Mark Zuckerberg and his pro-immigration reform group, calling the Facebook CEO a "liberal billionaire" who should "go back to San Francisco." Earlier this month the Zuckerberg-backed super PAC FWD.us released ads in Iowa and online attacking King for his controversial remarks on immigration, such as when the congressman compared granting veterans citizenship to handing out "M&M's or Tootsie Rolls" at a parade.
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer: I am absolutely nothing at all like the Koch brothers

    04/23/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do. Via Politico: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that heÂ’s not the leftÂ’s version of the Koch brothers....
  • Time for a little Koch jiujitsu on Democrats

    04/15/2014 11:33:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/15/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Harry Reid’s jihad against the Koch Brothers has already yielded a hilarious video compilation (by the Free Beacon) of his 134 mentions of their name. But now with new information, his Koch addiction can become a potent tool in the hands of Republicans. Call it karma, if you like, but the former boxer now leading the Senate majority has left himself wide open.It turns out that Koch Industries employees and PACs have donated to quite a large number of Congressional Democrats. The data was right there on Open Secrets when Jeff Dunetz of Truth Revolt picked it up and posted...
  • Pro-Landrieu Ad Blasts Kochs, Fails to Mention She’s Accepted $55,000 from Them

    04/13/2014 4:29:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 11, 2014
    A Super PAC ad in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) blasts the Koch Brothers, but declines to mention that the Democratic incumbent has received more than $50,000 from the philanthropists since 2000.
  • Harry Reid's 'Koch Brothers' Addiction—in Two Charts

    04/09/2014 8:40:11 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    On Feb. 26, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor and declared that billionaire Republican businessmen Charles and David Koch were "un-American." He's barely been able to stop talking about the "Koch brothers" ever since. On March 4, Reid declared that Senate Republicans were "addicted to Koch." On March 13, Reid mentioned the "Koch brothers" in a floor speech 25 times. This week, he said Republicans should wear Koch insignia on their suits—like NASCAR drivers. It's all part of Reid and the Democrats' calculated efforts to summon a suitable villain in 2014. Reid believes that the Kochs,...
  • Schumer: Attacks on Koch brothers will work

    04/08/2014 1:50:48 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    thehill.com ^ | april 7, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday said Democrats’ counterattacks on billionaires Charles and David Koch will be effective in this year’s election.  In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Schumer cited a poll that found 48 percent of the U.S. public doesn't know of the Koch brothers. Schumer said that by October, 90 percent of the country will.  Schumer said Democrats must pursue a “positive agenda” on top of their strategy to expose the Koch brothers’ efforts to fund conservative campaigns and political ads. “We also have to have a shield that protects us from these ads, and I think...
  • Harry Reid Took Money from Koch Lobbyist

    04/07/2014 4:28:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/07/14 | Andrew Stiles
    Add Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to the list of Senate Democrats who have benefitted from Koch money. In fact, he might as well pay one of his grandchildren to stitch Koch insignias onto his suit to denote their sponsorship: According to campaign finance records, former Koch Industries lobbyist Robert P. Hall III donated $500 to Reid’s campaign in 2003. Hall worked for Koch Industries from 1998 to 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He was previously a lobbyist for INVISTA, the Koch Industries subsidiary that Democrats are targeting in their latest campaign to “other” the...
  • Harry Reid's Hypocrisy

    04/06/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 8 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 04/01/14 | Peter Roff
    Some folks who’ve had enough of Reid’s shenanigans are starting to weigh in, such as American Commitment President Phil Kerpen. His group is sponsoring an Internet-only ad buy – which is the way smart people are starting to do things – attacking the alliance between the Steyers and Reid. The ad uses footage of Reid saying nasty things about conservatives Charles and David Koch, two men whom the Nevada Democrat has alleged more than once have the entire Republican establishment in their hip pocket, but in a way that cleverly hints that such things could just as easily and more...
  • Harry Reid: Paul Ryan budget creates 'Koch-topia'

    04/01/2014 10:39:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively slammed the budget proposal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will release Tuesday, calling it a document written to pander to the Koch brothers and other billionaires. “It’s a blueprint for a modern… how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that’s it,” Reid said. “Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers.” Reid’s remarks mark the latest volley in Democrats’ mid-term election year strategy of attacking the Kochs repeatedly, hoping to fire up their liberal base and associate Republicans with the...
  • Inside the Koch funded ads giving Dems fits

    04/01/2014 6:03:08 AM PDT · by shuck and yall · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/14 | Eliana Johnson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com PRINT March 31, 2014 4:00 AM Inside the Koch-Funded Ads Giving Dems Fits A years-long campaign is bearing fruit. By Eliana Johnson In one of the ads Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has put on the air this year, a thirtysomething actress stands against a white backdrop and looks into the camera. “People don’t like political ads,” she says plaintively. “I don’t like them either. But health care isn’t about politics, it’s about people, and millions of people have lost their health insurance, millions of people can’t see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and...
  • Did the Washington Post Collaborate With Congressional Democrats to Smear the Koch Brothers?

    03/31/2014 5:45:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Power Line ^ | 3/31/14 | John Hinderaker
    So far, I have heard nothing in response to my email to Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson about their possible coordination with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Henry Waxman or other Democrats in writing the article about the Keystone pipeline that I critiqued here> and here. I will follow up with them in due course. In the meantime, I have written the following letter to Whitehouse and Waxman: Dear Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Waxman: On March 26, you wrote a letter to David Robertson, President of Koch Industries, about Koch’s ostensible relationship to the Keystone Pipeline. I found
  • Grilled By Scarborough, Schumer Ultimately Agrees With Reid: Koch Brothers' Actions 'Un-American

    03/27/2014 9:41:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 3/27/2014 | Mark Finkelstein
    At 63, Chuck Schumer can still dance—for awhile. But eventually, age or ambition caught up with the New York senator. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough grilled Schumer over Harry Reid's accusation, uttered on the floor of the Senate, that the Koch brothers are "un-American." For as long as he could, Schumer moonwalked away from Scarborough's question as to whether the Kochs are un-American. As one of Harry Reid's top lieutenants—and a lean and hungry senator who almost surely aspires to take Reid's leadership role when the opportunity arises—Schumer was on the spot. But Scarborough to his credit was relentless,...
  • Here’s how you benefit from the Koch brothers [with video]

    03/26/2014 6:00:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 3 replies
    AEI ^ | Mark J. Perry | March 25, 2014
    The video above is from the Washington Post titled “Here’s How You SupportPersonally Benefit from the Koch Brothers,” with a little editing of the title and one segment of the video below, to reflect the fact that voluntary market exchanges are “win-win” or “positive-sum” outcomes, meaning that they benefit both the buyer and the seller: And whether or not you agree with the Koch Brothers, you’ve probably contributed to their fortunegreatly benefited personally from the products and services they provide. Ever use Brawny paper towels?  They’re made by Georgia Pacific, a Koch company. Another Georgia Pacific product – Angel...
  • The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post

    03/22/2014 9:03:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 3/22/14 | John Hinderaker
    On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article’s first paragraph included this claim: The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David. The theme of the article was that the Keystone Pipeline is all about the Koch brothers; or, at least, that this is a plausible claim. The Post authors relied on a report...
  • The Koch Brothers Give to Democrats Too

    03/22/2014 2:31:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 3/22/14 | Heather Ginsberg
    **SNIP** The KochPAC gave almost $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, including just most recently in 2010. This included a $30,000 donation to the DSCC. But isn’t it funny how top Democrats like Harry Reid harp on how the Kochs are ruining politics and complain about their partisan allegiances? Since 2000 KochPAC has given more than $1.4 million to Democratic candidates, leadership PACs and committees. Who’s partisan now? Now, this is not to say that the Kochs haven’t been a huge part of funding Republican ideas, but it must be awfully frustrating for them to have people constantly criticizing them....
  • Washington Post walks back bogus piece on Koch brothers’ oil sands holdings

    03/21/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    twtchy ^ | 3/21/14 | staff
     Which is it? Are the Koch brothers the largest land owner in Canada’s oil sands or not? The two reporters who worked on the same article don’t seem to agree. In fact, the original article was such a mess, the Washington Post today ran a follow-up piece headlined, “Why we wrote about the Koch Industries and its leases in Canada’s oil sands.”Credit for that critical second look goes to John Hinderaker of Powerline, who thoroughly debunked the Post’s original piece, concluding that the Post “relied uncritically on a goofball far-left report” provided by the anti-Keystone XL pipeline activist group the...
  • WashPo Embarrasses Itself (#1 Lesson in Reporting: Check your Sources!)

    03/21/2014 4:47:31 PM PDT · by absentee · 7 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 03/21/14 | Anita Gunn
    The Left’s obsession with the Koch Brothers is so out of control that the Washington Post, once a respected newspaper, now nothing but a shill for left wing causes, has made itself a laughing stock with its latest article entitled, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” [snip] The main point of the Post story, which relied uncritically on a two-page report by the far-left International Forum on Globalization (“IFG”), is dead wrong. The Post story itself acknowledges that the tar sands encompass 35 million acres, so Koch’s 1.1 million...
  • WaPo suffers self-inflicted wound in the war on the Koch brothers

    03/21/2014 11:09:07 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-21-14 | DrJohn
    It's become very obvious that Saul Alinsky continues to live on in the democrat party and among the decerebrate left. Rule 13 says“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”The 2014 Democrat Party target is the Koch Brothers. Private citizens, they are the 2014 left wing whipping boys and the left has donned its asshats in unison. An article in the Washington Post screams: The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers. You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada's oil sands, or tar sands, to be one...
  • Washington Post Falls For Left-Wing Fraud, Embarrasses Itself

    03/21/2014 4:14:18 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 20, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    snip Why would the Washington Post embarrass itself by republishing a thoroughly discredited attempt to link the Koch brothers to the Keystone Pipeline? Because that is a Democratic Party talking point, and the Post is a Democratic Party newspaper. But the truth is a little worse than that. Who is Post reporter Juliet Eilperin? Among other things, she is married to Andrew Light, who writes on climate policy for the Center for American Progress. The Center for American Progress is an Obama administration front group headed by John Podesta, who is a “special advisor” to the Obama administration. CAP’s web...
  • Loopy liberals freak over Koch brother’s $100M hospital gift

    03/16/2014 8:50:12 AM PDT · by Stoat · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 16, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    On the surface, it appeared that a major New York hospital had gratefully accepted a $100 million gift from a philanthropic family with a long history of donating to the arts, higher learning and medicine. But the new wing at New York-Presbyterian Hospital inspired a bizarre protest last weekend by activist groups including the NAACP New York State Conference, the New York State Nurses’ Association and the hospital-employee union SEIU Local 1199.
  • ‘Evil’ Koch Brothers Rank #59 in Political Donations Behind 18 Different Unions

    03/15/2014 5:56:08 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 13, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Democrats hate the Koch Brothers. They believe the Koch Brothers are the root of all evil because they donate to Republicans and conservative causes. This week Senate Democrats once again asked the IRS to crack down on conservative groups including Americans for Prosperity, funded by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Democrats want to silence the opposition. So how big of a threat are the Koch Brothers? Over the past twenty five years, from 1989 to 2014, Koch Industries has donated $18,083,948 in political contributions to Republicans. While that seems like a large sum, it only ranks them as...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...