-- The Congressional Record, 2014
In leaked tape Mitch McConnell admits the greedy Koch brothers are running the republican party - In a leaked audio tape of the Koch brothers top secret June 2014 retreat, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) not only admitted that the republicans would be lost without the Kochs, and revealed who the real power is in the GOP 
Charles Koch’s plan to fix the economy: Destroy minimum wage and ‘addictive’ welfare - Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch has a vision for ending unemployment: replacing the social safety net with low-skill, low-paying jobs 
Charles Koch personally founded group protecting oil industry hand-outs - ‘Lifestyles of the Rich Environmentalists,’ produced by a group called the Institute for Energy Research, is a slick web video campaign designed to lampoon Leonardo Dicaprio and will.i.am as hypocrites for supporting action on climate change. The claim is that wealthy celebrities who oppose industrial-scale pollution supposedly shouldn’t fly in airplanes that use fossil fuels. The group, along with its subsidiary, the American Energy Alliance, churns out a steady stream of related content, from Facebook memes criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency, to commercials demanding approval of new oil projects like the Keystone XL, to a series of television campaign advertisements this year attacking Democratic candidates in West Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Alaska. On Capitol Hill, IER aggressively opposes any effort to repeal tax breaks afforded to the oil and gas industry 
Pity the poor billionaires: Charles Koch edition - Aw, poor Charles Koch. He wants everyone to know he's being persecuted by mean "collectivists" around the country for being a really good guy, so he ran to the Wall Street Journal and put an op-ed out so we could all know what evil Alinsky-ites we are and how he's really, really the good guy who is fighting to restore a free society 
The Koch brothers and republican party have just joined forces to track voters - A secretive data and technology company linked to conservative oil billionaires Charles and David Koch has reached an agreement to share its information with the “voter file and data management company” that holds an exclusive agreement with the Republican National Committee. This will allow the republican party full access to voter data collected by the Koch’s Freedom Partners entities and clients — and entrenches the Kochs’ network even deeper into the GOP. Because political parties are not allowed to accept corporate contributions, it would be illegal for the Kochs to simply give their massive databases to the Republican National Committee directly. But the Republican National Committee has outsourced its database management to a company called GOP Data Trust. And that company joined forces with i360 (aka Themis), a firm reportedly backed by the Koch Brothers’ Freedom Partners and serving as repository for the data amassed by the Kochs’ political empire 
Kochs are the kiss of death in Michigan - You know how people sometimes avoid a specific brand? That's where the Kochs are in Michigan! Imagine that: When people know the Kochs want someone elected, they don't want them! The Koch brothers’ front group Freedom Partners abruptly canceled $1.1 million in ads in Michigan aimed to help elect Republicans 
Koch brothers group wipes Cliven Bundy support from social media accounts - Americans for Prosperity Nevada, the state affiliate of the Koch brothers-backed group, appears to have hastily deleted social media posts expressing support for Cliven Bundy, the renegade rancher who exposed himself as a racist in recent press conferences. A tweet sent by AFP Nevada (on April 10) urging followers to read more about the #BundyBattle, which involves Bundy's refusal to pay fines for allowing his cattle to graze on public land, has been deleted. A Facebook graphic that the group posted criticizing the Bureau of Land Management for enforcing grazing laws against Bundy has similarly disappeared. Previously, the page read: "The BLM spent HOW MUCH to round up cattle? ONE MILLION DOLLARS." Now it reads: "This content is currently unavailable" 
Koch brothers Vs Columbus Zoo - Americans for Prosperity sent out mailings urging Franklin County residents to vote “no” on Issue 6, the permanent, 1.25-mill property tax that would raise $32.7 million a year for the zoo. Although best-known for national efforts opposing such things as the Affordable Care Act, Americans for Prosperity has waded into local issues before, including mayoral and city council races in Iowa, a food tax in a Nebraska town and a 2013 income-tax issue in Gahanna. As of April 16, it had spent $20,500 to produce and send the mailer 
The Koch brothers are attempting to interfere in West Virginia elections by misleading residents about their registration status - The West Virginia secretary of state is calling an Americans for Prosperity mailing about voter registration "misleading" and "confusing." The mailer says the recipient only has a few days to register to vote at his or her current address. It includes a voter registration card and prepaid envelope. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says people have to update their registration only if they move, change their name, or want to switch political parties. Tennant said legitimate contact will only come from county election clerks, not third-party groups. The small-government Americans for Prosperity opened a West Virginia chapter in January 
Koch brothers quietly seek to ban new mass transit in Tennessee - The Tennessee Senate passed a bill last week that, if approved, would broadly ban mass transit projects in the region, an anti-transit effort that’s gotten some help in the state from Charles and David Koch, because oil and freedumb 
Charles Koch says the poor have it really good so they need to stop complaining 
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Koch brothers hire paid actors to star in attack ad claiming Obamacare hurts Louisiana residents - Hiring professional actors to impersonate Louisiana families is low even for the billionaire Koch brothers 
The Koch brothers left a confidential document at their last donor conference - A list of one-on-one meetings between VIP donors and the Kochs and their operatives offers a revealing look into their mighty political machine includes 
Carl Berg: Ranking No. 308 on the Forbes 400, Berg is a Silicon Valley real estate titan with an estimated fortune of $1.1 billion.
Ronnie Cameron: He runs agribusiness giant Mountaire Corporation. During a meeting of the Kochs' donor network in 2011, Charles Koch recognized Cameron (and other donors) for donating at least $1 million to their cause.
Charles Chandler: Based in the Kochs' hometown of Wichita, Kansas, Chandler is the CEO of Intrust Bank.
John Childs: He runs the Boston-based private equity firm J.W. Childs & Associates.
Jamie Coulter: Haling from Wichita, Coulter is the former CEO of the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant chain.
Bob and Steve Fettig: The Fettigs run the metal fabrication company Tankcraft, based in Darien, Wisconsin. Steve is the company's CFO; Bob is CEO.
Richard and Leslie Gilliam: Richard founded Virginia-based coal mining company Cumberland Resources Corporation, which he sold to Massey Energy for nearly a billion dollars in 2010.
Ken Griffin: A major conservative donor, the Chicago-based businessman founded the hedge fund Citadel and is worth an estimated $4.4 billion.
John Griffin: He's the founder of Blue Ridge Capital, a New York hedge fund.
Dick Haworth: He's the chairman emeritus of Holland, Michigan-based office furniture company Haworth.
Richard "Ric" Kayne: He's the founder and chairman of Los Angeles-based investment firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.
Dan Kirby: He's president of Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Kirby Financial.
Fred Klipsch: He's the chairman of Klipsch Group, a speaker and headphone manufacturer.
Frank Kozel: He's the principal of Pittsburgh-based Keystone Energy Oil & Gas Inc.
Francis "Franc" Lee: He's the president and CEO of Flowood, Mississippi-based lender First Tower, LLC.
Robert "Bob" Luddy: He's president of CativeAire Systems Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Hugh Maclellan: He's the executive chairman of Chattanooga, Tennessee's Maclellan Foundation, which make grants to Christian causes.
Cecil O'Brate: He's the CEO of Garden City, Kansas-based Palmer Manufacturing & Tank.
Verl Purdy: He's the chairman and CEO of Charlotte, North Carolina-based AGDATA Inc.
Tom Rastin: He's a director and vice chairman of the Mount Vernon, Ohio-based Ariel Foundation, started by his wife, Karen Buchwald Wright, the CEO of Ariel Corporation. Rastin is the company's vice president of engineering, sales, and marketing.
George Records: A member of the Hoover Institution's board of overseers, Records is the retired chairman of Oklahoma City's Midland Group.
Robert Rowling: Ranking No. 93 on the Forbes 400 with an estimated fortune of $4.9 billion, Rowling is the cofounder of TRT Holdings, which owns Gold's Gym and Omni Hotels.
John Schnatter: He's the founder and CEO of Papa John's International.
Tina and Craig Snider: They are the children of Ed Snider, a founding contributor of the Ayn Rand Institute and chairman of Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dian Stai: Based in Texas, Stai cofounded Owen Healthcare Inc. with her late husband. She's a top conservative donor who gave $125,000 to the pro-Mitt Romney super-PAC Restore Our Future during the 2012 election cycle.
Jim Stephenson: He's the president and CEO of Georgia-based Yancey Bros. Co., "which provides Caterpillar, AGCO, and Blue Bird Bus Co. products and services throughout the state of Georgia." Stephenson is also an Americans for Prosperity board member.
Jim Von Ehr: He's the CEO and founder of Richardson, Texas-based Zyvex Labs.
Debra Waller: Since 2001, she's been the chairman and CEO of Jockey International Inc.
Lew Ward: He's the founder of Oklahoma-based Ward Petroleum Corporation.
Dick Weiss: He's the Core Equity senior portfolio manager at Wells Capital Management.
Karen Wright: She's the founder and CEO of the Ariel Foundation, a private philanthropy group based in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She's also CEO of the Ariel Corporation, a natural gas compression company.
The source was unable to confirm the identities of some donors on the list, including Steve Clark, Paul Foster, George Gibbs, George Jenkins, Jerry Hayden, Kent McCarthy, Andrew Miller, Ted Saunders, Tom Smith, Jaime Snider, and Dean Williams .
Charles Koch: He's the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries.
David Koch: He's Koch Industries' executive vice president and a board member.
Michael Lanzara: A former director for special projects at Koch Companies Public Sector, Lanzara now works for Freedom Partners.
Steve Feilmeier: He's chief financial officer and executive vice president of Koch Industries.
Kevin Gentry: A vice president at Koch Companies Public Sector, Gentry is the Koch brothers' top fundraiser. He also serves on the board of Freedom Partners.
Jeff Noble: A former senior development associate at Koch Companies Public Sector, Noble currently works for Freedom Partners.
Tim Phillips: He's the president of Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers and Richard Fink.
Chris Fink: He's Americans for Prosperity's vice president of development and the son of Richard Fink.
Teresa Oelke: She's Americans for Prosperity's vice president for state operations.
David Fladeboe: He's the state director for Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin.
Brett Hinkey: A former senior development associate at Koch Companies Public Sector, Hinkey now works for Freedom Partners.
Daniel Garza: He's the executive director of the Libre Initiative, a Koch-funded nonprofit focused on Hispanic outreach.
Chase Koch: He's Charles' son and the president of Koch Fertilizer.
Richard Fink: He's the chairman and CEO of Koch Companies Public Sector and a board member of Koch Industries. A founder of the Mercatus Center and Americans for Prosperity, Fink is the Koch' top strategist and political adviser.
Ryan Stowers: He's the director for higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
Brian Hooks: He's the executive director and chief operating officer of the Mercatus Center. - Marc Short: Short heads Freedom Partners, the centerpiece of the Koch brothers' political operation. Short is a former chief of staff of the House Republican Conference.
Scott Hagerstrom: He's the state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan.
Jennifer Stefano: She's the state director for Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania.
Tommy Von der Heydt: He's a former regional development officer for Americans for Prosperity.
Corey Lewandowski: He's the East Coast regional director for Americans for Prosperity.
Slade O'Brien: He's state director of Americans for Prosperity-Florida.
John Hardin: He's a program manager at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
Michael Palmer: He is the president of i360, which bills itself as the "leading data and technology resource for the pro-free-market political and advocacy community." Palmer's firm has worked closely with the Kochs' voter microtargeting operation, Themis.
Derek Johnson: He's a program officer for higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
Nathan Nascimento: He's an employee of Freedom Partners.
James Davis: He's the vice president of strategic communications at Freedom Partners.
Luke Hilgemann: He's Americans for Prosperity's chief operating officer. 
Elaborate network obscures Koch influence - Rachel Maddow traces part of the vast network of Koch-funded groups and initiatives to show their influence on conservative politics. Rachel Maddow not only rebuts the claim the Koch brothers had nothing to do with drug testing in Florida -- an allegation they demanded she retract on the air -- but also reminds them that they have the right to spend as much as they want on politics and she has the right to report it. Control is the name of the game. In their business dealings, they own their own hedge fund firm, their own accounting firm, and more. Their non-profits have been moving toward a more centralized structure where key organizations (usually disguised as LLCs or trade organizations) revolve around a funding hub, a services hub and a policy hub. It takes some work to link one to the next to the next with this structure, because it's rare to see direct funding. Policy Network affiliates and ALEC almost always receive their donations via Donors' Trust, the Koch-controlled donor-advised fund. That places a layer of deniability between the source and the recipient. They like it like that. Despite all the millions they poured into 2012, their success rate was dismal. Part of the reason was flawed candidates, but part of the reason was also flawed policy ideas. These billionaires reckon that if they just keep pushing and pushing and pushing the same bad policy, we'll all throw our hands in the air and surrender. Hardly. It's our country too, and we have a right to participate in it even if we're not invited to the Billionaire Boys Club meeting in Palm Springs. So you go right ahead, billionaires, and plot your takeover of the government. We'll be right behind you shining the light on it. 
Koch-a-doodle-do - The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) calls itself 'America’s leading small-business advocacy association,' an organization formed 'to give every type of small and independent business a voice in government policy-making.' Most recently, NFIB is famous for NFIB v. Sebelius, one of the legal challenges to Obamacare that reached the Supreme Court. You might wonder 'how could a non-profit membership organization made up of mom-and-pop businesses take on a case this big?' Well, how else? NFIB and its affiliated groups received $2.5 million from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a conservative advocacy group with deep ties to the Koch empire. Of the five men that sit on the group's board, four are current or former employees of Koch companies and one is a friend of Charles Koch's. Freedom Partners gave the NFIB $1.5 million last year, the biggest single contribution the federation received, according to tax records. The Koch-backed group gave three other NFIB-affiliated group another $1 million, making Freedom Partners among the top two biggest contributors to those groups, records show 
Anti-Obamacare ads are Classic Koch
Koch brothers' newest effort: Fight health insurance reform with Hummers, beer pong - In America today, there is an actual, concerted effort out there to convince citizens to go without health insurance. It's a thing. It's being bankrolled by billionaires (who themselves have one metric shit-ton of access to America's health care system) for nakedly ideological reasons, and the message is that young Americans don't need health insurance because eff it, nothing bad ever happens to young people and if something does you just bankrupt your whole family to pay for it like proper non-billionaires 
that's why they want this so bad! For the Koch brothers: Possible $100 billion in tar sands profit if Keystone XL pipeline is approved 
Koch brothers responsible for the federal government shutdown 
Billionaire Koch brother says eliminating the minimum wage will help the poor  wait. what ?! these greedy billionaires would be deliriously happy if everyone earned $2 (two dollars) an hour...
Koch brothers to pour millions into Obamacare misinformation campaign 
Kochs tried to start 'grassroots' Tea Party in 2002 
Americans for Prosperity  (tea party) founders and creators (billionaire inheritors) Charles and David Koch run the Republican party from behind the scenes for their business interests, among their goals: destroy progressivism, kill public unions, obtain ethanol subsidies, limit regulation of toxic substances, oppose efforts to curb global warming, demand endless tax cuts for themselves and destroy public education as we know it
The Koch brothers made deals with Iran, bribed for contracts paying off government's small fines allowing them to break the law, a threat to national security   
The Koch brothers and their corporate allies plan to privatize government  (and destroy public services)
Koch brothers' products -- We're surrounded  Tired of the Koch brothers buying our political system? 
Koch brothers feed Republican ecosystem. Rachel Maddow traces the path of corporate money from the extremely rich Koch brothers through Republican governors and corporate-backed get-out-the-vote efforts to aid in the election of more Republicans 
Koch brothers fund bogus study bashing offshore wind in New Jersey  Koch and Exxon pay to write state legislation repealing climate change laws 
Billionaire Charles Koch refuses call for shared sacrifice 
Koch brothers positioned to be big winners if Keystone XL Pipeline is approved 
As tea party Koch brothers earned billions  this year alone from tax cuts, they laid off thousands, proof tax cuts for the rich does not create jobs 
Koch brothers planning effort to turn kids into climate change deniers 
David Koch admits big spending to help Scott Walker
bust 'Union Power' 
Koch brother admits buying Wisconsin Governor 
Kochs' attempt at hostile takeover of Cato exposes right wing non-profit abuse 
Koch brothers reinvent math in order to claim health care reform increases deficit 
With Koch brothers doubling efforts (planning to spend $400 million for the 2012 elections), spending by independent conservative groups could hit $1 billion 
Koch brothers demand that congress repeal Affordable Health Care Act 
Did David Koch buy the nomination for Paul Ryan? 
who knew? David Koch survived a plane crash: USAir Flight 1493 in 1991 , he is interviewed on Smithsonian's Air Disasters full episode 'Cleared for Disaster' 
Charles Koch relentless in pursuing his goals 
Koch-affiliated group campaigns to make wind tax credit 'so toxic' republicans won’t back it 
David Koch now taking aim at hurricane Sandy victims 
The NRA and Koch-backed ALEC have fought gun buyback programs across country 
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