Political Disclosure Corporation: Koch Industries Registers in Alberta

March 25, 2011- An American company registered to lobby government officials in a foreign country normally doesn’t make the news, but when that company is Koch Industries, well, it does.

Koch Industries, led by brothers Charles and David, have been pinpointed as one of many villains in anti-collective bargaining legislation throughout the country, specifically the bill in Wisconsin. (For a briefing on the company’s exposure in Wisconsin, see here.)

But why Alberta? Part of Koch’s business interests center on oil and energy, and Alberta is home to the Athabasca oil sands. The prize? Approximately 170 billion recoverable barrels of oil, the second largest reserves in the world behind Saudi Arabia. It’s a wonder they weren’t registered before now.


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