Great investigative journalism from the Center for Public Integrity about the Koch brothers and the conservative causes they support. This in-depth report tracks down their lobbying activities in great detail, based on factual evidence from IRS records and extensive research. This includes a breakdown of tens of millions of dollars in contributions to related to energy, climate change, national security and financial regulations.These findings are presented fairly, and cite a number of credible sources to provide context about this influential lobbying group.
A good summary of the lobbying corruption by the Koch brothers.
Not much coverage here of how their money and propaganda efforts have suckered gullible tea partiers into raging their poverty stricken bodies in the streets in support of the filthy rich 0.01% of the population.
Jim Hightower has been reporting similarly on the Kochs for quite a while, but does not have the distribution and panache of the CPI.
“Koch’s web of influence “is everything a good story can be because it just "is". It's hard to imagine a story that is so expansive that it touches on the topics of ethanol, toxic waste, global warming and low carbon fuel standards, energy industry tax breaks, Bush tax cuts, terrorism and national security, and financial regulation all through the lobbying efforts of one corporation. I think the best way for me to describe this article is that it is an example of excellent forensic journalism. Step-by-step and layer by layer the lobbying efforts of Koch industries are exposed to the reader leaving nothing to the imagination and providing a greater understanding of what is really at stake. It is one of those rare stories ... More »
While I was reading this article I kept thinking of an article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal where David Koch was lamenting the fact that he felt completely misunderstood. After all he and his brother are great philanthropist and it completely baffles him that he is seen as some sort of Machiavellian corporate pirate or sociopath that is only interested in his own personal well-being. I think what is important to the Koch brothers and the way they see things is ... More »