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  • Global Warming: A $1.5 Trillion Industry

    08/09/2015 11:12:56 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 11 replies
    Power Line ^ | August 10, 2015 06:12 UTC | John Hinderaker
    The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. The Business Journal’s report is not available for free online, but its findings are reviewed by the Insurance Journal. They are eye-opening, to say the least: The $1.5 trillion global “climate change industry” grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011’s inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal. The San Diego, Calif.-based publication includes within that industry nine segments and 38 sub-segments....
  • [The Daily Show 8/4/2015] Watch Jon Stewart Actually Agree With Donald Trump

    08/04/2015 1:27:16 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/4/2015 | Political Comedy
    It’s Jon Stewart’s final week on The Daily Show, so naturally his opening segment is about the Koch brothers and his follow up segment is on Fox News. Stewart opens with: “We’ve got good news. The California drought is over because last weekend a special group in California made it rain.” Stewart is referring to the Koch brother’s donor conference in Dana Point, California. The event gathered 450 top Republican party donors and included five GOP presidential candidates—former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina....
  • Could Koch brothers take out Donald Trump?

    08/03/2015 6:07:23 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 3 2015 | CNN
    Dana Point, California (CNN)Donald Trump wasn't invited to address some 450 top conservative donors who gathered here at a lush oceanfront hotel for a policy-focused retreat hosted by the Koch brothers and their powerful political network.
  • Ted Cruz Auditions to be the Koch’s Paid Whore on Capitol Hill [Barf Alert!]

    08/02/2015 4:53:23 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 41 replies
    PoliticsUSA ^ | Sunday, August, 2nd, 2015, 7:54 am | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Need to be a hero, but don’t have any really scary enemies? Invent an enemy – in this case the government – and appoint yourself the champion who rises up against the dreaded foe just in time to save the people, all the while working for your enemy in the largest immorality tale of them all. That’s Ted Cruz in a nutshell, with the emphasis on nut.The Texas Senator criticizes President Obama for “throwing around” rhetoric without talking about the actual substance of the issue in question, meanwhile throwing around such terms as “Washington Cartel” and “Jihadist Stimulus Bill,” to...
  • Jim Koch says he will be ‘the last American owner of Boston Beer’

    08/01/2015 7:28:38 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 31, 2015 | Brooke Sutherland
    Even a company that named its top beer after a hero of the American Revolution may eventually forsake its home country. Boston Beer Co., the maker of Samuel Adams beer and Angry Orchard hard cider, would be worth more to a foreign owner unburdened by the US tax structure, founder Jim Koch told a Senate committee on Thursday. Because of that, Koch says he regularly gets pitches from investment bankers looking to strike a sale. He’s been turning them down — for now. “We don’t mind paying our taxes here in the US in gratitude for the opportunities that exist...
  • Trump says GOP candidates who went to Koch event are ‘PUPPETS’! (Ted Cruz?)

    08/02/2015 9:01:41 AM PDT · by VinL · 66 replies
    Twitter The Right Scoop ^ | 8/2/2015 | Posted by soopermexican Staff
    The Trumpinator went on the march via phone through the Sunday morning shows, and then he tweeted this to mock the candidates who went to a Koch Brothers event this weekend: "I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?" BOOM! I guess. The five who went to the event were Ted Cruz, Jeb! Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. This is the advantage that Trump has – as a billionaire he can fund his own campaign while the other candidates have to...
  • Bush, other GOP hopefuls address Koch brothers gathering

    08/02/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 08/02/2015 | Associated Press
    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and four other GOP presidential candidates are at a luxury Southern California resort speaking to the billionaire Koch brothers and other conservative donors. Industrialists Charles and David Koch have convened about 450 like-minded business leaders this weekend to listen to Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former technology executive Carly Fiorina.On Saturday, Charles Koch welcomed the donors and encouraged them to stop "crony capitalism" -- even if those policies hurt their bottom lines.
  • Five Republican candidates to vie for Koch brothers backing at donor retreat

    08/01/2015 7:52:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 26 replies
    The competition among Republican presidential candidates for the support of the political and fundraising network of Charles and David Koch will heat up this weekend. Five Republican candidates will attend a retreat held by Freedom Partners, a key cog in the political network of the Koch brothers. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Texas senator Ted Cruz, former CEO Carly Fiorina, Florida senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker will all attend a gathering of well-heeled GOP donors at a luxury resort in Orange County, California. Kentucky senator Rand Paul was invited but declined to attend, citing previous commitments to...
  • Charles Koch Urges Conservatives to Skip ‘Corporate Welfare

    08/01/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Time ^ | August 1, 2015 | Philip Elliot
    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch told his ultra-rich friends that they face a “life and death” decision whether to keep lobbying for tax breaks and government subsidies. “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare,” Koch told about 450 allies at an Orange County, Calif., summit that began Saturday. ....“Obviously, this prescription will not be an easy pill for many business people to swallow. Because short term, taking the principled path is going to cost some companies some profits, as it...
  • The Kochs freeze out Donald Trump

    07/29/2015 6:42:09 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/29/15 5:16 AM EDT | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings of grass-roots activists or major donors. Despite a long and cordial relationship between the real estate showman and David Koch, as well as a raft of former Koch operatives who are now running Trump’s presidential campaign, the Koch political operation appears to have concluded that Trump is the wrong standard-bearer for the GOP. And the network of Koch-backed policy and political outfits is using behind-the-scenes influence to challenge Trump more...
  • The myth of billionaires 'buying' elections(evil Koch Bros alert!)

    06/02/2015 6:49:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Rick Moran
    Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to decrying big money in politics. They demonize the Koch brothers but remain silent when it comes to the massive spending by labor unions. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is President Obama, who railed against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision while raising a billion dollars for his re-election in 2012. The majority of that money came from Democratic whales who apparently didn't hear the president when he was lecturing America about the evil influence of billionaires on politics.
  • Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m every minute, says IMF

    05/18/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by kingu · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 18 May 2015 09.30 EDT | Damian Carrington
    Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (Ł3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments. The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused...
  • Hollywood Traitors Supported Hitler and Stalin: An Interview with Allan Ryskind

    05/13/2015 6:46:25 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May, 13, 2015 | Brett M. Decker
    Hard-core Communists in Hollywood, and by that I mean those with party cards and whose allegiance was to Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, not the United States, made a major effort to take over the movie industry and nearly succeeded. The much-maligned House Un-American Activities Committee, as even liberal Hollywood historians Larry Ceplair and Steven Englund acknowledge, uncovered over 200 party members in Hollywood. My dad, Morrie Ryskind, one of the few outspoken anti-Communist screenwriters in Hollywood, said the number was closer to 300. They were part of a broad conspiracy of subversives who had penetrated America’s most critical...
  • Scott Walker and That Koch Money

    05/13/2015 5:39:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | May 13, 2015 | davenj1
    Eight months out from the first caucus,the Left is already developing a message about the potential Republican nominee. It will make little difference who that candidate will be which illustrates two things. First,their logic is inconsistent given the online rhetoric thus far. Second,it is obvious from the main target of that rhetoric that they probably fear this candidate more than any other at this point. Given these attacks,the rhetoric and the vitriol,it is obvious that they are most worried about Scott Walker. .........[snip]...........Safe to say,Americans for Prosperity have been supporters of Scott Walker in the past. That would leave anyone...
  • Hanging with David Koch and Bill O'Reilly at the TIME 100 [knows why Koch likes Scott Walker]

    04/22/2015 4:32:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Fortune ^ | April 22, 2015 | Alan Murray, Editor Fortune
    Sitting between a billionaire Republican donor and a TV news titan at the ultimate party for influencers, I picked up a few political tips. And I met some of the most powerful women in the universe. My hat goes off to Nancy Gibbs and her colleagues at TIME, who managed to assemble the most eclectic group of influential people one can imagine last night in New York City as part of their celebration of this year’s TIME 100. I found myself sandwiched between billionaire David Koch and Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly while watching Tim McGraw perform in a tuxedo...
  • Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

    04/21/2015 5:45:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable. In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.
  • Koch Brothers Signal Support for Scott Walker

    04/20/2015 2:32:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/20/2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    Charles G. and David H. Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. On Monday, at a fund-raising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors that he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believed that Mr. Walker was the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House. “We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Mr. Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be...
  • David Koch: Scott Walker Would Defeat Hillary Clinton ‘By a Major Margin’

    04/20/2015 11:48:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Observer ^ | April 20, 2015 | Will Bredderman
    Fuel mogul and conservative activist David Koch today declared to reporters that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would easily beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election—shortly after the co-owner of Koch Industries heard a private speech by the midwestern Republican at the Union League Club in Manhattan. After meeting with Mr. Walker and a group of GOP donors called the Empire Club, Mr. Koch told the Observer that he believed the governor would trounce the former first lady if Republicans get involved in the race. “I think so, no question about it. You know, if enough Republicans...
  • Science Museums Urged to Cut Ties With Kochs

    03/24/2015 2:12:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOHN SCHWARTZ
    Dozens of climate scientists and environmental groups are calling for museums of science and natural history to “cut all ties” with fossil fuel companies and philanthropists like the Koch brothers. A letter released on Tuesday asserts that such money is tainted by these donors’ efforts to deny the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. “When some of the biggest contributors to climate change and funders of misinformation on climate science sponsor exhibitions in museums of science and natural history, they undermine public confidence in the validity of the institutions responsible for transmitting scientific knowledge,” the letter states. “This corporate philanthropy...
  • In Rebuke of Tennessee Governor, Koch Group Shows Its Power

    02/07/2015 5:30:58 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    NBC ^ | February 6, 2015 | Perry Bacon Jr. Lead reporter covering Obama's campaign and Affordable Care Act
    In Rebuke of Tennessee Governor, Koch Group Shows Its Power "In December, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, got the deal he wanted from the Obama administration: Tennessee would accept more than $1 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid, as allowed for in the Affordable Care Act, but Obama aides would allow Haslam to essentially write staunchly conservative ideas into the program's rules for the state. He dubbed the reformed Medicaid program "Insure Tennessee." But the state's chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the national conservative group whose foundation is chaired by controversial billionaire David Koch, argued Haslam was just...
  • How Rand Paul bombed at Koch brothers gathering

    02/03/2015 7:35:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti
    Some of the most influential players in big-money conservative politics gathered late last month to discuss government’s role in society, but their focus kept shifting to a less weighty topic: Rand Paul’s outfit. The Kentucky senator and prospective GOP presidential candidate — whose libertarian politics mesh with those of the billionaire megadonor brothers Charles and David Koch — appeared at the annual winter meeting of the Koch donor network wearing a boxy blue blazer, faded jeans and cowboy boots.
  • TRANSCRIPT: Freedom Partners Forum: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio with ABC’s Jonathan Karl

    01/26/2015 4:13:49 PM PST · by Plummz · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 26, 2015, 12:54 PM ET | Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jonathan Karl
    The first 2016 presidential forum of the year took place on Sunday Jan. 25 featuring a conversation between Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, moderated by ABC News’ Chief White Correspondent Jonathan Karl. The panel, which took place in Palm Springs, California, was sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a not-for-profit connected to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch. The following is a complete transcript of the 75-minute forum:
  • Charles Koch: We’re just getting started ('Left-eye' Reid deeply saddened)

    01/25/2015 3:46:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Charles Koch on Saturday signaled to hundreds of donors, operatives and conservative leaders gathered in the California desert that the political operation he and his brother David created was just getting started. “Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” Charles Koch said in his speech, seemingly in reference to the Republican takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections. “But as many of you know, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it! In fact, the work never really ends. Because the struggle for freedom...
  • Conservative Koch Brothers Group puts Congressional GOP on notice (A "must read" article)

    01/16/2015 3:41:25 AM PST · by Din Maker · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 15, 2015
    Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grassroots supporters in 34 states. Tim Phillips, president of AFP, said at a Washington press conference that congressional Republicans "failed miserably" a decade ago, especially on cutting the federal budget. "They've been given a second chance by the American people," he said, "and we're going to hold them accountable. We're determined about that." The agenda covers three areas: taxes, including repeal of the estate or...
  • Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice (NPR)

    01/15/2015 6:58:33 PM PST · by Drango · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | JANUARY 15, 2015 | Peter Overby
    Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grassroots supporters in 34 states. Tim Phillips, president of AFP, said at a Washington press conference that congressional Republicans "failed miserably" a decade ago, especially on cutting the federal budget. "They've been given a second chance by the American people," he said, "and we're going to hold them accountable. We're determined about that." The agenda covers three areas: taxes, including repeal of the estate or...
  • Reid Blames Koch Brothers for Injuries [satire]

    01/03/2015 12:07:36 PM PST · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    Senator Harry Reid was injured when a home exercise apparatus he was using collapsed under him. The former Majority Leader suffered broken bones in his face and ribs. Though his injuries were described as "relatively minor," Reid's anger at the Koch brothers was not. "I don't know how they did it, but their insidious campaign of terror against this country's legitimate leaders must be stopped," Reid demanded. Doubtful that a judicial remedy could suffice due to lack of evidence, Reid vowed he would "call upon the President to utilize his newly asserted executive authority to ensure that justice is meted...
  • Charles Koch eyes sentencing reform as a 2015 priority [See Rand Paul]

    12/28/2014 12:57:39 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2014, 02:58 pm | David McCabe
    Conservative mega-donor Charles Koch says reforming the criminal justice system to make it more fair to the "disadvantaged" will be a major one of his priorities in 2015.The businessman said that the criminal justice system needs reforms aimed at “making it fair and making [criminal] sentences more appropriate to the crime that has been committed.” “Over the next year, we are going to be pushing the issues key to this, which need a lot of work in this country,” Koch told The Wichita Eagle in an interview published Saturday night. “And that would be freedom of speech, cronyism and how that relates to opportunities for...
  • 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...