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The Koch Watch Thread
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:34:01 PM »
A collection of articles/videos/infos showing how the general public is a victim of a massive misinformation campaign and how they (erm, he) is doing it.
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2019, 12:34:30 PM »
Yes, America Is Rigged. Here Is What I Learned From Reporting on Koch Industries

Link >> https://time.com/5685528/koch-industries-corporate-power/?utm_source=reddit.com
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2019, 12:36:24 PM »
Americans for Prosperity boosts Schlegel's campaign for Louisiana Supreme Court

Link >> https://louisianarecord.com/stories/513740700-americans-for-prosperity-boosts-schlegel-s-campaign-for-louisiana-supreme-court
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2019, 12:38:14 PM »
Kenney Government Appointed Foreign, Koch-Funded Researcher to Rewrite Alberta’s Education Curriculum

Link >> https://pressprogress.ca/kenney-government-appointed-foreign-koch-funded-researcher-to-rewrite-albertas-education-curriculum/
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2019, 12:39:10 PM »
New Jersey donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge | The Japan Times

Link >> https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/18/business/new-jersey-donor-disclosure-law-dangerous-koch-think-tank-tells-judge/
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2019, 12:39:57 PM »
Kochland: The influence of the Koch brothers - Christopher Leonard interviewed with ABC Radio National

Link >> https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/kochland:the-secret-history-of-koch-industries-and-corporate-po/11473792
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2019, 12:43:37 PM »
Inside the Libertarian Holocaust Denial Brought to You by the Kochs (w/ Mark Ames)

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2019, 12:48:33 PM »
Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries w/ Christopher Leonard

(Interview starts at ~27minutes in)

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2019, 04:48:55 PM »
Thanks for creating this. I carefully read Jane Mayer's Dark Money which contains much of the same information, and possibly more. Mayer gave the Leonard book a good review. Her materials on the Kochtopus and other forms of corruption in the US are ongoing and contain quite a few offshoots, including their efforts to discredit her.
https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/jane-mayer {I've included some - possibly excessive - links to her many articles, which are a record of the downfall of any potential for integrity and fairness in the US.}

The Kochs got an early start by providing facilities for Stalin and Hitler.

They have an inside track to US government through Mike Pence (and also because the leadership at the top is highly disorganized). https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/the-danger-of-president-pence The Danger of President Pence: Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.

Myron Ebell was Trumpistan's early point person installing the "bad guys" - fossil lobbyists and other power brokers - everywhere and getting rid of science and honesty.

They are also closely allied to international climate fake skeptics such as UK's Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), and the unchristian "Christians" who wouldn't have anything to do with Jesus or his teachings (per the gospels which are short and repetitive). (I say this as an atheist, so let's not get going on religion: I have great respect for the leadership of compassion and caring for the less fortunate Jesus models.)

Trump vs. Koch Is a Custody Battle Over Congress: Both Donald Trump and Charles Koch appear to think that the Republican Party in particular, and American politics in general, should be theirs to dominate. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump-vs-koch-is-a-custody-battle-over-congress

What Happened to Jane Mayer When She Wrote About the Koch Brothers https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/nyregion/what-happened-to-jane-mayer-when-she-wrote-about-the-koch-brothers.html
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“The firm, it appears, was Vigilant Resources International, whose founder and chairman, Howard Safir, had been New York City’s police commissioner under the former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,” she writes in “Dark Money.”

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2019, 04:54:36 PM »
I thought this one deserved a separate post. This story is only one of many. There are untold riches in the Jane Mayer New Yorker list.

A Whistle-Blower Accuses the Kochs of “Poisoning” an Arkansas Town https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-whistle-blower-accuses-the-kochs-of-poisoning-an-arkansas-town

limited extract, better to check the original, but of course it's paywalled with monthly article limits.
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air-quality monitoring equipment, which he told me showed “deadly levels of hydrogen sulfide,” a foul-smelling, colorless gas that has proven carcinogenic to rats and mice. Guice took measurements in the morning, midday, and evening, and documented them all. When he told the Georgia-Pacific supervisors that he was getting readings so high that they indicated a potential for immediate illness and death, he says the company blamed his equipment. After he protested this, they offered to build a roof over the fields where the waste was being spread, but he told them that this would be like building a toxic gas chamber. “They told me it was my problem. They knew it was dangerous, but their attitude was: keep your mouth shut, do the job, and don’t get in anyone’s business,” according to Guice. Eventually, a company official took her own readings, which he says confirmed his own. At this point, the company decided to build a huge stainless-steel chain-link fence around the perimeter of its property, “so you can’t see where the work is,” he told me. Once he was able to get employment elsewhere, Guice, who had been contacted by the filmmakers behind “Company Town,” decided to blow the whistle.

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2019, 06:01:04 PM »
Thanks, for contributing, Susan! :)
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2019, 10:50:00 AM »
Alec Energy Task Force Members Uncovered

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force has been the source of a number of “model” bills and resolutions introduced in state legislatures across the country that benefit the fossil fuel industry and weaken environmental protections. A registration list obtained by Documented from a FOIA provides a rare glimpse at the fossil fuel corporations, utilities, industry trade associations, right-wing think tanks and legislators behind many of these policies.

Link >> https://documented.net/2019/09/alec-energy-task-force-members-uncovered/
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2019, 09:19:54 PM »
Don't know if this video will cross the pond, but it's pretty good. Some of the contents include how in response to action under George HW Bush, Pelosi-Gingrich collaboration, the Waxman-Markey bill, etc., the "Koch Family Foundations spent $127,006,756 directly financing 92 groups that have attacked climate change science". They helped replace Bob Inglis when he said he "believed" in climate change with Trey Gowdy, etc. etc.

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2019, 10:09:04 PM »
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2019, 10:26:11 AM »
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

Insensible before the wave so soon released by callous fate. Affected most, they understand the least, and understanding, when it comes, invariably arrives too late

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2019, 02:06:39 AM »
Desmogblog.com has followed them for years..

https://www.desmogblog.com/search/google/koch%20connections

They have had some interesting graphics too about Koch connections. 

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2019, 07:46:51 AM »
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2019, 07:48:48 AM »
James Davis, a top aide to billionaire Charles Koch, left the Koch political network on Tuesday, underscoring a series of major changes for a force on the right that has pulled back from its heavy involvement in electoral politics.

Link >> https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/03/top-official-leaves-koch-network-026125
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2019, 04:35:01 PM »
Bill to Criminalize Environmental Protests in Wisconsin Heads to the Assembly Floor

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« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2019, 08:23:32 AM »
Students at MIT Extend their Protest to Koch and Demand More Resignations

Link >> https://iblnews.org/students-at-mit-extend-their-protest-to-koch-and-demand-more-resignations/
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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2019, 07:08:50 PM »
Koch Machine Steps up Lobbying to Stall Climate Action, Fight Donor Disclosure

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Newly released figures show that Koch Industries has spent almost 20 percent more on federal lobbying expenses so far this year than it had at the same time last year. With the U.S. House in Democratic hands, Koch, like other fossil fuel companies, is forced to play defense on energy issues, along with pushing back against Trump trade policies.

Koch spent $9.1 million on lobbying for the first three quarters of 2019, both for the company’s own lobbyists and outside lobbying firms. At the same point last year, the company had spent $7.7 million.

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« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2019, 07:39:11 PM »
Koch Foundations Increased Media Investments in 2018

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As the political and philanthropic network of billionaire libertarian Charles Koch employs its latest PR strategy, the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) increased their giving to media organizations by roughly $1 million in 2018.

Koch has generally funded right-wing organizations such as the Daily Caller News Foundation, which funds much of the content on the Daily Caller website, and the Reason Foundation, which publishes libertarian-minded news and opinion on Reason.com. These and other donations continued in 2018, but the two foundations also contracted with conservative media outlet RealClearPolitics and two center-left publications, The Atlantic and Ozy Media.

Overall, CKF and CKI combined to spend nearly $3.5 million on media grants and contracts in 2018. This amount is a small, but growing, portion of the foundations’ annual donations. In 2018, CKF gave out $127.5 million in donations, mostly to fund Koch’s right-wing educational and political infrastructure.

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Re: The Koch Watch Thread
« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2019, 08:04:45 PM »
Climate denial LTE in Oregon cites disgraced "climatologist" Patrick Michaels, one of very few scientists who rejects 97-98% of his peers understanding of climate change. He long worked for Charles Koch's Cato Institute, and recently moved to the Koch- & Mercer-funded "CO2 Coalition."

Link >> https://www.eastoregonian.com/opinion/letters/letter-there-is-no-global-climate-crisis/article_a236deb8-1066-11ea-b0a4-13f8250acf5a.html
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« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2019, 05:45:39 PM »
Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly meeting with right-wing activists and billionaire megadonors (Steve Bannon, Charles Koch, and Sheldon Adelson) to discuss a potential run for the Senate

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« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2020, 09:08:39 PM »
At least Pompeo is out of the Kansas senate race. However, a lot of money are going to other GOP fringe candidates:
https://www.rollcall.com/news/money-flows-to-kansas-senate-campaign-with-pompeo-out-of-the-race

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« Reply #27 on: February 03, 2020, 06:39:22 PM »
Truth decay: when uncertainty is weaponized

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« Reply #28 on: February 05, 2020, 10:53:58 AM »
The oil industry vs. the electric car - Electric vehicles could make up nearly half the fleet of passenger cars and trucks by 2040. But oil and gas companies are striking back. Publicly, they support clean energy. Privately, they do everything in their power to destroy it. It's War.

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« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2020, 08:05:42 PM »
Love the billionaire bucks flooding the 2020 elections? Thank Charles Koch

Link >> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/07/charles-koch-elections-billions-money-cash
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A joint investigation from CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals how the American Heartland Institute is supporting climate change deniers in Germany with the goal of undermining climate protection measures. We went undercover to meet with the institute’s chief strategist. He told us how the network of climate change deniers works, how donations are disguised and how they intend to use a German YouTuber affiliated with the AfD to reach young people. In the end, he made us a concrete offer.

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« Reply #31 on: February 29, 2020, 07:56:50 PM »
Jane Mayer, "Dark Money"

The influence of extreme libertarians such as the Koch brothers, their ideas about taxation and government regulation and how they furthered an agenda that advanced their own interests at the expense of meaningful economic, environmental, and labor reform.

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« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2020, 03:47:47 PM »
Charlie Kirk Worries Coronavirus Stimulus Shows That Medicare for All Is ‘Perfectly Affordable’

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« Reply #33 on: April 06, 2020, 05:34:12 PM »
Heartland Institute Warns Renewables Will Damage The Environment & Harm People — Junk Science For Pollution

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« Reply #35 on: April 30, 2020, 01:59:20 PM »
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« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2020, 02:13:01 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2020, 09:20:18 PM »
US critics of stay-at-home orders tied to fossil fuel funding

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ExxonMobil, Koch and Mercer family are past funders of critics of stay-at-home orders as fossil fuel industry struggles amid lockdowns

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