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Koch companies' products are everywhere we look- In our offices, homes and backyards. We walk on them. Wear Them. Eat off them. We use them to clean spills or to keep spills from staining. Chances are, nearly every store you walk into sell a Koch company product. Next time you shop, be on the lookout for these familiar brands:
WISCONSIN! DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TODAY!
-Posted by Meteor Blades on the Daily Kos
February 25, 2012- As one of its many objectives, the Koch Bros.-founded and -financed Americans for Prosperity has been out to defund the seven-year-old Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. It seems to have succeeded in New Jersey. Republican Gov. Chris Christie has just scooped up the $473,000 left in the RGGI coffers and plunked them into the general fund along with $210 million from the state's clean energy fund.
-Posted on Down With Tyranny! on November 13, 2011-
The new issue of the Texas Observer digs around in the fetid sewer that is the Koch family background. Yasha Levine's sleuthing helps put in perspective exactly why the Koch's have made themselves the biggest threat to American democracy since Adolph Hitler-- and for many similar-- if not identical-- reasons. To understand why Charles and David Koch are using their billions to assault American democracy-- even teaming up with Iran (the way their father had teamed up with Stalin) to do so-- you have to look back at the history of this demented, hate-filled family. There Levine finds the roots to their antipathy towards democracy, equality, public education, Social Security, organized labor, environmental, consumer and financial protections and the 99%. They've spent hundreds of millions already and plan to spend another $200 million in 2012 electing 1%-ers like Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Scott Brown and other right-wing anti-government sociopaths hellbent on turning back the clock on America. Levine starts with their grandfather a wealthy Dutch-German immigrant who settled in Texas and brought his foreign, hate-filled fascist ideology to his new country, where he tried enforcing it on the people he found here.
-Blogged by Steve on Veracity Stew February 10, 2012-
One of the most anti-worker lobbyists in Washington, D.C. ran an anti-union ad during last week’s Super Bowl and had the nerve to put himself in the commercial playing a hardworking auto mechanic. It was the gold watch and manicure that gave him away.
-Blogged by Anomaly at Freak Out Nation
February 12, 2012- With enthusiastic recall efforts for Governor Scott Walker (Koch-R) persevering, the desperation to keep the besieged union basher in office is increasing.
‘Floyd’ writes, “Stan, Thank you for writing and printing the manual on the legal way to fire someone who signed the recall petition. I had one employee who always showed up to work on-time, did his job well, passed his drug test, and worked well in a team environment. If knot for Section 3, paragraph A on page 5 of your manual; he would still be employed. Thanks Stan, I can now hire a conservative to replace him.”
Posted on the Provocation, October 10, 2011-
THE NEWS: Bloomberg News recently published a scathing indictment of the Koch brothers, two modern-day tycoons who have used their considerable financial clout to finance tea party activities and corporate lobbying campaigns, while engaging in business practices that can best be described as questionable.
THE PROVOCATION: The following is a compendium of pertinent facts about the Koch (pronounced "coke") brothers, who have fought against efforts to curb global warming while promoting corporate interests, undermining labor unions and funding ultra-conservative groups. The material gathered here is condensed from information provided in the Bloomberg piece, as well as in articles by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ThinkProgress and other sources.
October 3, 2011- In a blockbuster story broken today by Bloomberg, it has been revealed that Koch Industries has been flouting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, paying bribes to foreign officials to secure contracts in six countries since 2002.
Koch industries has also sold millions of dollars worth of petrochemical equipment to Iran. This was done through foreign susidairies in order to get around the US trade ban. Additionally they have , stolen oil from federal land and engaged in price fixing while violating environmental regulations and lying to about it to regulators.
POE has sent a letter to the FBI and SEC demanding an investifgation of these and other charges.
Calls New Jersey Democrats “Stupid” And Brags About Crushing Unions And Public Employees
KochWatch.org Calls For Ethics Investigation And Legislative Hearings
09.07.2011– Washington, DC—Brad Friedman, writing for Mother Jones, reports today that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie secretly gave the keynote speech at the Koch brothers’ Vail, Colorado Summer Seminar on June 26th. Governor Christie kept the event off of his daily calendar and kept it hidden until today.
David Koch introduced Governor Christie as “my kind of guy” and disclosed that he had met privately with him for two hours at the Koch New York offices.
Press Release: Secret Recording Of Koch Brothers Retreat: Charles Koch Calls President Obama “Saddam Hussein” While GOP Governor
Governors Rick Perry, Rick Scott And Bob McDonnell in Attendance, along with Hundreds of Corporate Titans
Washington, DC— The billionaire ultra-conservative activist Charles Koch was exposed today alluding to President Obama as “Saddam Hussein” to his supporters and inadvertently reeling off the names of donors who have given at least a million dollars to the otherwise secretive political foundation he runs with his brother. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/exclusive-audio-koch-brothers-seminar-tapes
The revelations, published in Mother Jones, were based on an unprecedented audio recording made at a recent Koch Foundation retreat in Vail, Colorado.
The article, authored by Brad Friedman, features Koch describing the 2012 Presidential election as ‘the mother of all wars.’
Originally posted on the Democratic Party of Wisconsin website
August 1, 2011- Call on Six Republican Recall Senators to Denounce Tactic
MADISON-The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Tuesday will file a complaint seeking the immediate end to a Koch Brothers-funded scheme to suppress Democratic votes in upcoming recall elections and called on six recall Republican senators to denounce the tactic.
The corporate front group Americans For Prosperity has in at least two recall districts reportedly been distributing absentee ballots with return instructions that would render the votes ineligible.
See attached complaint here.
Blogged by Teamster Power on Teamster Nation
July 23, 2011- Brazen power grab. That's the only way to describe
Koch whore Gov. Scott Walker's latest attack on working families in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.
The law is so restrictive that student IDs, even if they have a picture on them, can't be used to vote.
The Associated Press reports at least one Democratic lawmaker was angered by the move.