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The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story

Michael Winship | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.

Charles Koch Complains About Lack Of Influence While His Super PAC Raises $11 Million

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The main super PAC run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch raised more than $11 million in the second half of 2015, acco...

Koch Network Spent A Staggering $400 Million In 2015

The Hill | Andrew Hart | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

The Koch brothers’ donor network spent close to $400 million last year, and is on its way to spending an unprecedented $889 million supporting ...

To Charles Koch, Professors are Lobbyists

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.

To Charles Koch, Universities Are Propaganda Machines

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Books
Connor Gibson

This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university "philanthropy" coordinated by Charles Koch.

Democrats Prepare for Town Hall Tonight

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2016 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

SATIRE Another Perspective Special to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines Register, January 25 Tonight in Des Moines, one week before the Iowa Ca...

Democrats Hold Last-Minute Town Hall Tonight

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Another Perspective Special to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines Register, January 25 Tonight in Des Moines, one week before the Iowa Caucuses, ...

On MLK Day, A Message of Ideological Unity From Ebenezer Baptist Church Preacher

John A. Tures | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

Every year, LaGrange College brings in a Martin Luther King Jr. speaker. This year, the speaker was the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, who spoke to a packed Callaway Auditorium. And yes, politics entered into his speech.

Concentration Camp Inmates Had To Rebuild A Nazi Refinery The Koch Brothers' Dad Helped Construct

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

A new book by New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer about billionaire oligarchs Charles and David Koch reveals that the initial Koch fortune accrued by th...

New Koch: Has The Billionaire Brothers' Formula Changed?

The New Yorker | Adam Goldberg | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

The billionaire brothers are championing criminal-justice reform. Has their formula changed?...

Charles Koch Pines For More Influence In Republican Presidential Primary

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite leading a massive independent political operation and pumping untold millions into U.S. elections, billionaire Charles Koch is ...

Koch Brothers' 'Bankers' Sneak Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.06.2016 | Media
Elliott Negin

So who are Marc Short and Andy Koenig? The Times identified them only as "the president and senior policy adviser, respectively, at Freedom Partners, which advocates for free-market policies."

Obama's Oily Christmas Gift: Faster Pipeline Approvals

Steve Horn | Posted 01.03.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the COP21 United Nations summit, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the United States.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

A Koch Industries Lobbyist Took My Phone! (VIDEO)

Connor Gibson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Connor Gibson

The American Legislative Exchange Council's three annual meetings are quite the spectacle. This month, at ALEC's third and final meeting of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, I had an interesting encounter with a member of ALEC's board of directors.

The Kochs' War On Poverty

Politico | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics

The political operation created by the billionaire conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch is quietly investing millions of dollars in program...

Koch Brothers In Major Rift On Criminal Justice Reform

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major rift is opening among criminal justice reform advocates over how to deal with conservative efforts that could write off white-c...

Kochs Brothers' 'Freedom Partners' Investments Exposed

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The Koch network's secret bank, "Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce," spent big during the 2014 midterm elections, including bankrolling efforts to roll back Wall Street reform. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has been digging into some of the Freedom Partner funding streams.

Inside The Koch Brothers' Vast Secret Intelligence Operation

Politico | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering o...

Charles Koch Not Backing Candidate In GOP Primary

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Billionaire Charles Koch said he is unlikely to support a candidate in the U.S. presidential primary race but is likely...

'Green News Report' - November 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Koch Brothers claim they are environmental stewards; New legislation to...

Charles Koch Bemoans Lack Of Civility In 2016 Race

The Wall Street Journal | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan.—Charles Koch sounds a lot like an ordinary voter when he bemoans what he said is a lack of substance and civility in the 2016 Whi...

See Where the Top 10 American Billionaires Were Born

GOBankingRates | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
GOBankingRates

From Warren Buffett to Mark Zuckerberg, here's a rundown of where the top 10 U.S. billionaires were born and how they became so rich they could buy a country together.

Megyn Kelly Interviews America's Most Downtrodden Victim, Charles Koch

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

Fox News' Megyn Kelly had the opportunity Thursday night to sit down with plutocrat-industrialist Charles Koch, who looms large in our ...