Greenwise brand bath
tissue, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue
are from Koch-owned Georgia Pacific. NOTE:According
to a website visitor, Publix does NOT
sell Koch products as their house brand.
Since grocery store chains may change suppliers
from time to time, it may be a good idea to ask
Publix (or any chain store you visit) where their
house-brand paper products come from.
How can I
avoid buying Koch gasoline?
If you live in an
area where a Koch refinery is located, you
probably can't, unless you buy an electric
What was the Koch brothers interest
in deregulating derivatives? Unknown to
most Americans, in addition to its oil,
chemical and lumber interests, Koch Industries
has a sprawling futures trading operation
known as Koch Supply & Trading.
Like a casino that bets at its own
craps table, Koch engages in proprietary
trading speculating for the
companys own bottom line. Were
like a hedge fund and a dealer at the same
time, bragged Ilia Bouchouev, head
of Kochs derivatives trading in 2004.
We can both make markets and speculate.
The companys many tentacles in the
physical oil business give Koch rich insight
into market conditions and disruptions that
can inform its speculative bets. When oil
prices spiked to record heights in 2008,
Koch was a major player in the speculative
markets, according to documents leaked by
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, with trading
volumes rivaling Wall Street giants like
Citibank. Koch rode a trader-driven frenzy
detached from actual supply and demand
that drove prices above $147 a barrel
in July 2008, battering a global economy
about to enter a free fall.
borg nominated to SEC
On October 20, 2015, President Obama announced
that his nominee to fill a Republican seat on
the SEC would be Hester Peirce, a Senior Research
Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working
Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
According to SourceWatch, the Mercatus Center
was founded and is funded by the Koch Family
Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault
On Electric Vehicles
A new group that's being cobbled together with
fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million
dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation
fuels and attack government subsidies for electric
vehicles, according to refining industry sources
familiar with the plan. A Koch Industries board
member and a veteran Washington energy lobbyist
are working quietly to fund and launch the new
Koch "Center for Free Enterprise": A
Slippery Slope Indeed
[Koch biographer Daniel] Schulman relates how
[Charles] Koch and other trustees meddled in hiring
decisions and caused the abrupt resignation of
a well-liked headmaster. Incensed parents
threatened to pull their children from the school;
faculty members quit; students wore black in protest.
Charles stepped down from the board of trustees
citing, among other reasons, the schools
refusal to integrate his management style. But
in a sign of just how much influence he exerted
over the school; Richard Fink, one of Charless
key advisors and an architect of Market-Based
Management was installed as Collegiates
interim head. The outrage ran so deep that, as
Fink tried to tamp down the uproar, he was hung
in effigy around campus.
Koch Brothers Are Now Funding The Bundy Land Seizure
Agenda The political network of the conservative
billionaires Charles and David Koch signaled last
week that it is expanding its financial and organizational
support for a coalition of anti-government activists
and militants who are working to seize and sell
America's national forests, monuments, and other
the Kochs hijacked democracy?
"The Kochs and their network of billionaires
have ALREADY bought the American political system:
the House, the Senate, many state legislatures,
the systems of legislative and Congressional redistricting
and significant beachheads in American higher
education. Only the White House has eluded their
grasp, though now most of the Republican candidates
are dependent on their largesse and responsive
to the policy demands of the plutocrats who bankroll
all except Trump. Further, she argues that what
we once knew as the Republican Party is, in effect,
being supplanted by a private party of billionaires
who use its machinery but have little use for
the traditional political tools of compromise
and negotiation. Why? Because they want what they
want, hate government and don't really care if
the billionaire Koch brothers are ghostwriting
the American story to their own benefit
The Charles Koch metanarrative
and hes said it explicitly is that
he is challenging collectivism, he is challenging
the idea that when people get together they can
do good, [Naomi Klein] said. And he
is putting forward the worldview that were
all very familiar with that if you free the individual
to pursue their self-interest that will actually
benefit the majority. So you need to attack everything
that is collective, whether its labor rights
or whether its public health care or whether
its regulatory action. All of this falls
under the metanarrative of an attack on collectivism.
AFP is a partner of ours I dont
think Id be the president of the Senate
if it wasnt for the efforts of you and yours
in the previous elections. We look forward to
continuing our partnership with you, he
said, to applause from AFP members and supporters.
taxpayer due to subsidize Koch-controlled coal
The Obama administration is set to refund as much
as $14 million in royalties to a coal company
run by billionaire investor William Koch that
says it is entitled to the money since the now-shut
mine on federal land was costly to operate.
(Note: This is WILLIAM Koch, brother of Chuckie
political group AFP must provide donors' names:
California can ask a nonprofit group started by
conservative billionaire brothers Charles and
David Koch for the names and addresses of its
donors, but the state cant publicly disclose
that information. (But they won't be publicly
Joni Ernst: Another Koch-owned subsidiary. How
the Kochs created Joni Ernst "The networks financial support
for Ernst --detailed here for the first time --
offers the first signs of a move into GOP primaries.
The Kochs and their allies are investing in a
pipeline to identify, cultivate and finance business-oriented
candidates from the local school board all the
way to the White House, and Koch operatives are
already looking for opportunities to challenge
GOP incumbents deemed insufficiently hard-line
in their opposition to government spending and
THIS is what the Koch brothers mean when they
talk about "free economy" and "market
"David Novak, the executive chairman of
the company that owns KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza
Hut, has a lot to look forward to$234 million,
to be exact. Thats the size of his retirement
package, which is the largest of any top executives.
Novak, whose company has fought minimum-wage increases
that would benefit its workers, can expect a $1.3
million check every month once he retires."
to the Wholly Owned Koch Subsidiary Formerly Known
"As my colleague Brendan Fischer reported,
the only group lobbying in favor of the bill to
deform the GAB is David Koch's Americans for Prosperity,
which spent $10 million in Wisconsin during the
2011-2012 recall elections of Governor Walker
and other state officials. A newly-formed group
called "Wisconsin Alliance for Reform"
has begun running radio ads supporting the bill;
its web domain was registered by Lorrie Pickens,
a former leader of AFP, and its Executive Director
is Luke Fuller, a former staffer for the bill's
sponsor Sen. Leah Vukmir (who is also the number
two at the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange
Council, or 'ALEC.')"
Chuckie Koch says all of his political spending
is "reported" and that he opposes all government
subsidies. In reality, Koch-backed dark money
groups are heavily involved in elections, and
Koch Industries officials have lobbied to protect
oil industry subsidies. (Here's
In their quest to cripple solar power and protect
the profits of their fossil fuels-based businesses,
the Koch brothers have run into an unexpected
and potent adversary: tea party conservatives.
Frankenstein monster turns on its creators)
I do not believe that
just because youre opposed to abortion, that
that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many
cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you
want is a child born but not a child fed, not a
child educated, not a child housed.
And why would I think that you dont?
Because you dont want any tax money to
Thats not pro-life.
We need a much broader conversation on what the
morality of pro-life is.
Climate-change denier was paid by Big Oil,
including Chuckie Koch's foundation
The Koch brothers spew a LOT
of propaganda designed to promote their selfish,
extremist, harmful agenda. New documents reveal
their involvement in climate change denial.
From the New York Times:
One of the names they [politicians] invoke most
often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist
at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
who claims that variations in the sun’s
energy can largely explain recent global warming.
He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money
from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade
while failing to disclose that conflict of interest
in most of his scientific papers. At least 11
papers he has published since 2008 omitted such
a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases,
he appears to have violated ethical guidelines
of the journals that published his work.
The documents show that Dr. Soon, in correspondence
with his corporate funders, described many of
his scientific papers as “deliverables”
that he completed in exchange for their money.
He used the same term to describe testimony he
prepared for Congress.
Triad Management was a front group for the politically active, conservative oil billionaires Charles and David Koch, that they used to manipulate the outcomes of elections across the country for House and Senate races. Jane Mayer, a reporter for The New Yorker magazine, wrote about Triad Management in an August 30, 2010 article, saying
In 1997, another Senate investigation began looking into what a minority report called “an audacious plan to pour millions of dollars in contributions into Republican campaigns nationwide without disclosing the amount or source,” in order to evade campaign-finance laws. A shell corporation, Triad Management, had paid more than three million dollars for attack ads in twenty-six House races and three Senate races. More than half of the advertising money came from an obscure nonprofit group, the Economic Education Trust. The Senate committee’s minority report suggested that “the trust was financed in whole or in part by Charles and David Koch of Wichita, Kansas.” The brothers were suspected of having secretly paid for the attack ads, most of which aired in states where Koch Industries did business. In Kansas, where Triad Management was especially active, the funds may have played a decisive role in four of six federal races. The Kochs, when asked by reporters if they had given the money, refused to comment. In 1998, however, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that a consultant on the Kochs’ payroll had been involved in the scheme. Charles Lewis, of the Center for Public Integrity, described the scandal as “historic. Triad was the first time a major corporation used a cutout”—a front operation—“in a threatening way. Koch Industries was the poster child of a company run amok.
Want to better understand the Kochs
and their "free enterprise" economics?
Learn more about capitalism:
The Game is Rigged, by Richard Wolff
Here's another example of the Kochs' "Free Enterprise" philosophy
at work: Billionaire Warren Buffet's Clayton Homes,
which financially abuses low-income people
Buffett’s mobile home empire promises low-income Americans the dream of homeownership. But Clayton relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees, and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, trapping many buyers in loans they can’t afford and in homes that are almost impossible to sell or refinance, an investigation by The Center for Public Integrity and The Seattle Times has found.
In 2002, our U.S. Tea Party is a national event, hosted continuously online, and open to all Americans who feel our taxes are too high and the tax code is too complicated. Take the quiz and dump some tea!
Editorial Opinion: Why the Koch brothers represent a danger to the U.S.
Given their weath, influence, and power, the Kochs are in a privileged
postion. They can buy politicians, they spend heavily on lobbying,
and they fund numerous groups focused
on the Koch agenda. They can effectively hide behind these groups,
and all the groups can broadcast the same Koch message -- which
serves to (falsely) legitimize it.
They have raised, and spent, astronomically huge sums in an effort
to effectively buy government -- by buying politicians. They now
have tremendous influence in the Republican Party.
Through their radica-right group called "Americans For Prosperity"
(AFP, which would be better named "Americans For Plutocrats"),
they have been interfering on the local and state level. AFP sends
deceptive and misleading mailers, engages in deceptive robo calls,
and was a major force in forming and promoting teabagger groups.
With a paid staff and a presence in 43 or so states, AFP is an insidious
force, working to enact the Koch agenda.
Koch talk about "economic freedom" revolves primarily
around policies which would serve to further enrich the Kochs and
harm the working class. They want to destroy government and government
agencies which protect people from polluters like the Kochs.
The Kochs are major funders of the American Legisllative Exchange
Council (ALEC), an insidious marriage of corporations and (mostly
Republican) politicians. Corporations draft laws in consort with
the politicians they own, and those laws get introduced into state
The Kochs, with other Big Oil corporations, are funders of climate
change denial and opposition to renewable energy like rooftop solar
The United States is now effectively an oligarchy, with corporations
and plutocrats like the Kochs controlling government and oppressing
the working class.
Thanks to the Kochs, we are on our way to a return to serfdom.
Both Democratic and Republican politicians sell themselves to the
highest bidder. We need change, and we need to send the duopoly
a message: "We are fed up with you".
We need viable third parties, like the Green
Party, which accepts no corporate donations.
Your vote means nothing. We are always relegated to voting for
the least-worst candidate, and that candidate comes from the corrupt
Democratic Party or the more corrupt Republican Party. If you plan
to vote for a Democrat or a Republican, I recommend you just sit
out the next election. Whomever you vote for will not serve you.
Fred Koch, the father of Chuckie and Davey, helped found the John Birch Society.
Chuckie was a member of the Birchers.
Davey ran for vice-president on the 1980 Libertarian ticket.
Below is the 1980 Libertarian platform.
There is no reason to believe the Kochs do not still hold these radical views.
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