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.
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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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