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Koch: End Corporate Welfare
 Koch: End Corporate Welfare 
Charles Koch

Koch: End Corporate Welfare

Charles Koch rails against corporate handouts—yes, that Charles Koch

(Newser) - Charles Koch thinks corporations are spending too much time courting government favors and forging political connections—yes, that Charles Koch. In an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal , the Koch Industries CEO recalls seeing an amusing sign outside a craft store reading, "We didn't build this business—...

Koch Billionaire Builds Private 'Old West' Town

Bill Koch reserves town for friends, family, and historians

(Newser) - Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and General Custer would be proud of Colorado's new town—but they might not be allowed inside. The replica Old West town is billionaire Bill Koch's ode to a pricey obsession: American frontier memorabilia. Built on Koch's 6,400-acre Bear Ranch property, the...

Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic: Oops, Humans Are to Blame

Richard Muller now believes man is 'almost entirely' at fault

(Newser) - Physicist Richard Muller co-founded the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project three years ago to debunk global warming fears, even getting a hefty grant from the conservative Koch brothers for his work. Last fall, he backtracked a bit , admitting the evidence for global warming was solid, but denying you could prove...

GOP Plans to Drop $1B Ad Bomb on 2012

Super PACs and other outside groups plan a huge blitz for 2012 elections

(Newser) - Republican groups plan to spend a record $1 billion on the November elections, and could outspend Democrats by a margin of 2-to-1. Politico has the details on the spending plans of super PACs and other outside groups: The Koch brothers plan to spend $400 million; Karl Rove's groups are...

Stop the Billionaires: Amend the Constitution
Stop the Billionaires:
Amend the Constitution
OPINION

Stop the Billionaires: Amend the Constitution

Jonathan Alter: Citizens United, super PACs killing our democracy

(Newser) - To Jonathan Alter, it's already clear that the 2012 presidential election will be "one of the most corrupt in US history." It's all thanks to Citizens United, the court ruling that allows a "tiny group of billionaires"—the current crop includes Sheldon Adelson , the...

Koch Bros. Pump $2.5M Into Right-Wing Database

Billionaires aim to repeat Democrats' success

(Newser) - Extending the reach of corporate power into next year's elections , the Koch Brothers are drawing on a wide range of right-wing groups to establish a database of conservative voters, the Guardian reports. Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch pumped $2.5 million into the voter file, called Themis, which...

Herman Cain: I'm the Other Koch Brother

He mocks media scrutiny of his ties to the conservatives

(Newser) - Herman Cain is happy to embrace at least one story about him that's emerged of late: his deep ties to conservative power brokers Charles and David Koch. "I'm proud to know the Koch brothers," Cain told their Americans for Prosperity group today, reports MSNBC . "I'...

Cain: I'm 'Very Proud' of Koch Ties

Says relationship isn't 'close'

(Newser) - Following an AP story revealing his ‘long’ ties to the billionaire Koch brothers , Herman Cain has acknowledged the relationship—and says he’s “very proud” of it,” notes ThinkProgress . “I know the Koch brothers,” he told CNN. “I’m very proud of the relationship...

Herman Cain Has Long Ties to Koch Brothers

Far from outsider, Cain's campaign full of Koch associates

(Newser) - Herman Cain is the plain-talking and surging Republican presidential candidate everyone knows for his 9-9-9 plan and his days at the helm of Godfather's Pizza. But the AP takes a closer look at his resume, and finds close and longstanding ties to Americans for Prosperity, the right-leaning advocacy group...

Rove, Kochs Square Off for Heart of GOP in 2012

Two big groups may be working at cross purposes

(Newser) - Two of the most powerful and moneyed groups in conservative politics could be working at odds with each other during the 2012 election, leading some Republicans to worry about the GOP’s chances to take both the Senate and the White House. On one side is Karl Rove’s network,...

Koch Brothers Skirted Iran Ban, Made Millions: Report

Bloomberg profiles violations by Koch Industries over years

(Newser) - Despite former President George W. Bush calling Iran part of the "axis of evil" and a 1995 ban on doing business there, hard-right supporters the Koch brothers kept selling millions of dollars of petrochemicals to the nation until at least 2007, using complex legal maneuvers and plenty of subsidiaries...

Corporations Push to Influence Redistricting

 Corporations 
 Push to Influence 
 Redistricting 
pro publica investigation

Corporations Push to Influence Redistricting

As do other special interests

(Newser) - “Minnesotans for a Fair Redistricting” may sound like a pretty innocuous, non-partisan group. But its leadership is almost identical to the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, a group tied to Koch Industries, a ProPublica investigation discovered. The Freedom Foundation’s head, Annette Meeks, claims she has “no involvement” with...

Koch to Buffett: My Donations Trump Taxes for the Rich

Skeptical writer to Koch: I think not

(Newser) - How dare Warren Buffett call for higher taxes for the rich , when America's super-wealthy already contribute to the country's "societal well-being" through "business and non-profit investments"? Billionaire business mogul Charles Koch penned this argument in a 50-word retort to Buffett's New York Times op-ed...

Koch Brothers Fight Back, Still Decry 'Radical' Obama

'Weekly Standard' profile defends brothers 'demonized' by left

(Newser) - The Koch brothers are fighting back against the perception (at least on the left) that they're evil personified. The latest salvo comes via a lengthy profile in the Weekly Standard , which argues that the brothers behind Koch Industries are "demonized" by liberals who see them as "convenient scapegoats....

David Koch: Billionaire Gives Rare Interview at Cancer Center Opening


 David Koch: 
 Maybe I'm 
 Not So Bad 
INTERVIEW

David Koch: Maybe I'm Not So Bad

Billionaire gives rare interview at cancer center opening

(Newser) - Rather than evilly plotting the takeover of the world , David Koch was busy opening a cancer center yesterday that he gave $100 million to build. It's a cause dearer to his heart than Wisconsin or the Tea Party, the cancer survivor tells the New York Times in a...

Charles Koch: Why We're Against 'Crony Capitalism'

Koch brother stands up for his family's activism

(Newser) - With the heat intensifying around him and his brother, conservative fundraiser/oil tycoon Charles Koch penned an op-ed piece today to explain himself. “For many years, I, my family, and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes,” he writes in the Wall Street Journal...

Anonymous Backs Wis. Protests, Targets Koch Bros
 Anonymous Targets Koch Bros 

Anonymous Targets Koch Bros

Website linked to Tea Party-backing brothers attacked

(Newser) - Anonymous—fresh from taking down the Westboro Baptist Church —is now targeting the Koch brothers in its support of Wisconsin protesters. The hackers have taken down the website of a free-market advocacy group funded by the billionaire brothers, Gawker reports. Anonymous says "Operation Wisconsin" is payback for the...

Koch Brothers Have a Hand in Wisconsin Fight

Their activist group is on Gov. Scott Walker's side

(Newser) - The billionaire Koch brothers are said to have a hand in the Tea Party , the new Congress … why not the Wisconsin protests, too? Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-created and Koch-financed nonprofit, has a definite presence at the demonstrations, with the group’s president recently telling anti-union counterprotesters that the...

Koch Brothers Wield Influence in New Congress

Change in House Energy and Commerce Committee 'like night and day'

(Newser) - Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have been thrust into the spotlight as of late —and though they once ran outside the typical Washington political circles, their increasing influence is now becoming more clear. That influence is most obvious in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to which Koch...

Koch Brothers Leap Into PR War

Brothers Charles and David step out of the shadows

(Newser) - Thrust into the spotlight after years of operating in the political shadows, Charles and David Koch are fighting back, Politico reports. They’ve hired a crack PR team that has worked with GOP heavy hitters like Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and encouraged attendees of their uber-secret fundraising meeting to...

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