The Koch Brothers – Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries – are billionaire industrialist polluters who have spent millions to influence politics in America from the presidential election down to local elections. The Kochs are the financial engine behind groups like Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners, and the Franklin Center.
Koch Brothers Plan To Spend $900 Million To Influence The 2016 Election. “The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.” [New York Times, 1/26/15]
Koch Brothers Prefer Scott Walker For 2016 Republican Nomination. “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 would be the Republican nominee.” [New York Times, 4/20/15]
Charles Koch Was A Member Of The Far-Right John Birch Society. “Charles Koch was not simply a rank and file member of the John Birch Society in name only who paid nominal dues. He purchased and held a “lifetime membership” until he resigned in 1968.” [The Progressive, 7/8/14]
Koch-Backed Group Compared Climate Change Activists To The Unabomber. “Then, there is the Heartland Institute, probably best known for its billboard that it erected in Chicago last May which compared supporters of global warming with ‘Unabomber’ domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski.” [OilPrice.com, 12/10/12]