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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Break the Koch Machine (Video)

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



Koch vs. Koch, Circa 1940s

In a May report published in Mother Jones, investigative reporter Daniel Schulman portrays two teenage members of the family of right-wing horrors fighting to resolve their problems—under the direction of their father.

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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Biggest Winners in the Hobby Lobby Case May Be the Koch Brothers

We may not get a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate until the end of June, but it’s probably not too early to project the biggest winners in the cases: brothers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Charles and David Koch should not be blamed for having more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together.

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Harry Reid: Koch Bros. Are ‘Un-American’

Invoking a term that carries some serious baggage in the annals of U.S. political history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled conservative corporate power siblings David and Charles Koch “un-American” on Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions

For a brief, giddy moment, Sean Noble—a little-known former aide to an Arizona congressman—became one of the most important people in American politics.

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Minutes From a Koch Meeting

At their last fundraising conference, hell-raising right-wing billionaires David and Charles Koch left behind a confidential document detailing one-on-one conversations with donors and their operatives, offering a rare look into their savage political machine.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Secret $256 Million Bank for Right Wing Causes

A new IRS filing reveals that a shadowy Koch brothers-led nonprofit, Freedom Partners, spent nearly a quarter-billion dollars trying to influence 2012 elections and policy discussions. Most of the donors remain secret. Can you say, “oligarchy”?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


Directors Reveal How PBS Quashed Airing of Negative Koch Brothers Film

“Democracy Now!” asks whether PBS resorted to self-censorship in order to appease the Koch brothers when it decided not to show a documentary that portrayed David Koch—a major donor to public television—in an unflattering light.

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Colbert Slams PBS for Appeasing Koch Brothers

PBS recently made the decision to pull the plug on “Citizen Koch,” a documentary about money and politics that paints a less than flattering picture of the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. That hasn’t sat too well with many, including the host of “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch Brothers to Buy the L.A. Times?

If you thought money was done corrupting the news, think again. Conservative billionaire archfiends David and Charles Koch are said to be pursuing the Tribune Co. newspaper group, which includes the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘NOVA’: The ‘Next Generation’ of Drone Surveillance

A new drone-mounted surveillance camera, chillingly described as the “Wide Area Persistent Stare,” can see and record, all at once, virtually everything happening at ground level in a medium-sized city.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Billionaires Covertly Funding Attacks on Climate Science

Secretive groups known as Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are funneling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate science “without revealing the identities of [their] wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.” An audit trail links them to a likely source.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Koch’s Next Target: Hurricane Sandy Victims

David Koch’s conservative political organization Americans for Prosperity is threatening to unleash a torrent of political attack ads against congressional members in the next election if they vote for the $60.4 billion federal storm aid package.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE



Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Koch Bros. Group Plans Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest

Observers say Occupy is dead, but the multimillion-dollar conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is organizing a demonstration against the movement in New York City on Thursday “to stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s Demographic Problem, Koch Brothers’ Donors and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s change of heart on Romney and a re-enactment of a Hamptons fundraiser for “The Great Mittsby.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE


John Nichols on the Failed Gov. Walker Recall

Reporter John Nichols of The Nation spoke from Wisconsin about Gov. Scott Walker’s survival of Tuesday’s attempt to recall him and what it says about how special-interest and corporate money has taken over politics since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


Are the Koch Brothers Messing With Your Voting Rights?

As promised, Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films is zooming in on those 1 percenters who are using their powers for evil. So it’s no surprise that Greenwald’s outfit would follow up with a video exposé about the Koch brothers, voter suppression and you.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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This Physician Supports Occupy Wall Street

Wall Street protesters joined progressive and community groups Tuesday on a march to the homes of several New York City billionaires to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers extend a surcharge tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, and New York City physician Bertha Bauer stands with them. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Koch Industries Is Awash in Money and Misdeeds

Contracts won with bribes, falsified safety and emissions reports, price fixing, illegal dealings with Iran and stolen oil. Bloomberg has compiled a detailed litany of loosely related bad behaviors by the managers of Koch Industries and its subsidiary companies. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



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The Koch Brothers’ Gallery of Million-Dollar Buddies

Twice yearly, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch assemble a crowd of wealthy economic libertarian sympathizers to raise funds for their efforts to influence government and the American public. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


Tea Party Benefactor David Koch Plays a Game of ‘Ask the Right-Wing Billionaire’

Oil tycoon David Koch offered his seemingly unsolicited opinion to a New York Magazine reporter, saying he didn’t think President Obama deserved any credit for taking down Osama bin Laden ... (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



Gov. Walker, Check Your Caller ID

This is one for the annals of political pranks: On Wednesday, divisive Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a lot of things he no doubt wishes he hadn’t while on what turned out to be a prank call with the editor of The Buffalo Beast, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE


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