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From its perch in a spacious brand-new headquarters blocks from the White House, the Cato Institute has built on its reputation as a venerable libertarian research center unafraid to cross party lines.
With the Koch brothers, it s all about control. They reign over the largest private oil company in the U.S. with estimated revenues of $100 billion. They wield power over a sprawling network of nonprofit front groups with unbridled influence over everything from the Tea Party to economics professors at publicly funded universities. Forbes lists their personal wealth as $25 billion each. They own mansions in the toniest towns in America. And last week, in a decidedly Scrooge-esque maneuver, they filed a lawsuit against a widow who lost her husband to a stroke a mere four months ago over stock she inherited in the Cato Institute worth a measly $16.00.
Cato Senior Fellow: Koch Brothers Want To Take Over Cato Because 'Cato Wasn't Doing Enough To Defeat' ObamaMon, 03/05/2012 - 11:45
As ThinkProgress reported last week, energy barons Charles and David Koch recently filed a lawsuit attempting to seize majority control over the libertarian Cato Institute. According to Jerry Taylor, a senior fellow at Cato, this effort is part of a longstanding effort by the Kochs to transform Cato from a warehouse for radical libertarianism into something more purely concerned with electoral politics
Koch Industries spent $40 million in the 2010 election cycle, but they've vowed to spend $100 million this year. That s not counting the money that goes to think tanks such as the Cato Institute or Americans for Prosperity to engineer research - such as making voters and decision-makers "suspect of science" - that could then help elect Republicans.
The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch filed a lawsuit Wednesday for control of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington. The lawsuit exposes a power struggle for one of Washington s premiere policy centers, which has been funded by millions in contributions from the Koch brothers foundations since its founding in 1974
Just in time for the release of Brave New Foundation's new film, Koch Brothers Exposed, Rush Limbaugh has thrown in with Charles and David Koch in their letter war with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. No surprise there; Rush has made his fortune defending the rich and powerful against the 99%. But does Rush actually have a vested interest in the Koch brothers' success?
Barack Obama (Soetoro) s twitter account sent out a message late tonight urging his supporters to put pressure on Charles and David Koch - the wealthy libertarian businessmen - to disclose the list of contributors to Americans for Prosperity, their main vehicle for political activism.
A series of animated slides that expose the range of Kock Brothers activities
Billionaire campaign donor David Koch has rarely spoken in public about the central role he has played in the election of Scott Walker as governor of Wisconsin, the defense of Walker s embattled governorship and, now, Walker s desperate attempt to defeat the recall election that more than one million Wisconsinites have demanded. Until now. And that has raised fundamental legal and political questions about the manipulation of Wisconsin politics by out-of-state billionaires
In just about 24 hours, Mitt Romney is headed to a hotel ballroom to give a speech sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a front group founded and funded by the Koch brothers. Those are the same Koch brothers whose business model is to make millions by jacking up prices at the pump, and who have bankrolled Tea Party extremism and committed $200 million to try to destroy President Obama before Election Day.
Billionaire David Koch (see Koch family) joined with George Soros, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation to each give the American Civil Liberties Union $10 million to fight the PATRIOT Act . Reasonable people can disagree on the PATRIOT Act, but fighting it or trying to reform it was probably the correct thing to do.
It's not a secret the Koch brothers want to spend 200 million or more dollars in next Novembers general elections according to The Guardian (which they are ready started with attack ads portraying Obama as corrupt over the Solyndra fiasco that were shown in the state of the union address). So time to take a look at some information from the Center for Responsive Politics as to which members of congress has receive campaign contribution from the Koch brothers.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin blasted oil billionaire David Koch on Monday for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker in his fight against public unions. "I think I speak for most Wisconsinites when I say to David Koch, 'Get out of Wisconsin and take Scott Walker's dangerous agenda with you,'" Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said.
The Koch brothers -- the financial backers for Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group dedicated to making Barack Obama a one-term president and rolling back union rights across the country -- rarely give interviews. So this lengthy discussion with the Palm Beach Post is noteworthy, especially since David Koch bluntly asserts that he and his brother are helping Governor Scott Walker fend off a broadly popular recall effort in Wisconsin:
In a rare interview with the Wichita Eagle, billionaire sith lord Charles Koch complained about how mean everyone is being now that much of the country is aware of his family business's activities. "We are under attack from various directions, both with threats of violence against us personally, and with threats of attacks on our businesses," Koch said. He then compared himself to the icon of the Protestant Revolution: "I kind of relate to what Martin Luther said (when Luther took on the established church and launched the Protestant Reformation): 'Here I stand; I can do no other,' " which presumably refers to the way Luther famously used his billions of dollars to bend the Catholic Church to his will.
In a sense, David Koch is becoming the Andrew Carnegie of his age. Carnegie, a Gilded Age steel tycoon, founded libraries and universities, and famously battled organized labor. The parallels with David Koch exist on both scores. Koch's $100 million pledge to MIT has created the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.
Koch Industries says we are lying about their stake in the pipeline and they timed the release of the threatening emails, many of which were likely sent before the Occupy movement began, in a dishonest attempt to link these threats to peaceful demonstrators.
Touching down their private jets at the Palm Springs Airport late last month, and convening at a nearby golf resort in Indian Wells, California, for a secretive retreat, wealthy conservative donors met again under the aegis of David and Charles Koch to plot the best way to pool their fortunes and defeat President Obama in November.
Just as big money is transforming politics, it s also helping to reshape American think tanks. Members of the Forbes 400 have poured millions of dollars into research organizations that fit their social, political and/or business concerns. The conservative Heritage Foundation has received funding from libertarian Charles G. Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, as well as from Richard Mellon Scaife, owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and heir to the Mellon banking fortune.
Last week, the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers held their latest get-together with wealthy conservative political donors. At these meetings, held twice a year under a veil of secrecy, Republican all-stars discuss election strategy and vet potential presidential candidates like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Last September, Mother Jones obtained exclusive audio recordings from a Koch seminar held outside Vail, Colorado, where Charles Koch had declared that the 2012 election would be "the mother of all wars" and thanked dozens of million-dollar donors who'd pledged to the cause.