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The Koch family (Charles, David, Koch Industries, "The Kochtopus")

The billionaire Koch brothers (Charles and David) own Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the U.S. They (and their father Fred before them) have been involved with rightwing politics for decades and have been involved in funding or controlling a wide variety of libertarian-oriented groups. The network of groups and people funded by or controlled by the Kochs is referred to as "The Kochtpus".

There are at least two main reasons to strongly oppose most everything connected to the Kochs:

1. Their support for "free trade" agreements; for instance, they were one of the major forces behind passing NAFTA (see this).

2. Groups in the Kochtopus advocate for loose and even open borders; see Reason Magazine, Cato Institute, Institute for Humane Studies, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Other Kochtopus groups (such as Americans for Prosperity and Heartland Institute) are involved in promoting or organizing tea parties. Thus, the self-styled patriots in the Teaparty movement are led in part by a network that advocates for loose borders.

Leftwing opponents of the Kochs would be very wise to point out to the teapartiers that they're being led around by loose borders advocates, but that's difficult for those opponents since the Koch immigration policy tends to help the leftwing and the Democratic Party.

Leftwing opponents should also point out to the teapartiers that David Koch joined with George Soros to give the Mexican government linked ACLU millions of dollars. That too is difficult for those opponents; why point out yet another way in which the Kochs help the leftwing?

Last modified Jun 28, 2011
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"The Kronies": slick libertarian propaganda linked to Koch, and who doesn't reveal that - 01/24/14

... the effort is the link to the Koch family. The person behind the effort is John Papola of Emergent Order in Austin. According to a tweet from the Moving Picture Institute: @theMPI Creative Council member @JohnPapola has a fantastic new project: THE KRONIES It won't come as a big surprise that the MPI is linked to the Kochs: its co-founder Frayda Levin sites on the board of a top Koch group,...

No, AllahPundit, worries about the Koch brothers aren't just for liberals - 09/19/13

... is to make the points on the Koch family page, pointing out that they fund loose borders groups and that a Koch brother even joined with George Soros to fund the American Civil Liberties Union. Most conservatives would oppose people who fund loose borders groups and the ACLU, but those with megaphones refuse to stress that.

Pro-amnety LIBRE Initiative got $3 million from Koch-led Freedom Partners - 09/12/13

... previously-shadowy group linked to the Koch family known as Freedom Partners. Groups funded by the Kochs tend to support loose or open borders, and LIBRE is no different. From this: An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide. The group,...

Paul Farhi, shocked to see the Koch brothers defend themselves, helps the Kochs (WaPo, Koch Facts) - 07/15/13

... out of style. I'm no fan of the Koch family; see the link. In fact, I've been opposing them (and their surrogates) for years. See Reason Magazine and libertarians. But, like everyone else, they have a right to defend themselves against misleading news reports about them. Paul Farhi isn't entirely clear on that point: ...[the Kochs posted a rebuttal to a news story on their site KochFacts dot com...

The hilarious, delusional way to keep Koch from buying the L.A. Times, by Steve Pearlstein - 04/26/13

... other things the Kochs do; see Koch family. Obviously, it's difficult for those like Pearlstein to point out the ways they and the Kochs are on the same side, even if doing so would undercut the Kochs to their base. P.S. On an ironic note, Pearlstein is the Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, known around here as "Koch U."

Freedom in the 50 States: freedom has a big cost (Koch, Mercatus Center, GMU) - 03/28/13

The Koch family-funded Mercatus Center at George Mason University has released their "Freedom in the 50 States" report [1]. According to them, the freest state is North Dakota, followed by South Dakota, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the least free state is New York, followed by California, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Rhode Island. It's worth pointing out that four of the five...

Ludicrous: Sen. Ron Johnson launches "Victims of Government" (regulations, Koch) - 03/26/13

... Industries (an energy company); see Koch family for more. Other donors with a financial stake in lowered regulations include: Wausau Homes, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Bankers Assn, Oshkosh Corp, and Honeywell International [4]. Opposing Big Government and regulations would help the Koch bottom line. The Kochs responded; early in 2012 their Americans for Prosperity gave Johnson a perfect...

2010 donors to Marco Rubio: Club for Growth, Koch brothers, finance, Goldman Sachs... - 02/24/13

... more money (directly) from the Koch family than Rubio. As discussed at that link, they support organizations that advocate for loose borders. And as discussed in depth on the Marco Rubio page, he supports a massive legalization program for illegal aliens. While a direct link between him receiving their money and him promoting amnesty isn't known, t's extremely unlikely that he would have...

Proof Tea Party is astroturf: Koch group tried to start Teaparties in 2002 - 02/12/13

... defenders will deny that the Koch family has anything to do with the Teaparties. Here's why you can't trust their defenders: back in 2002, a group linked to the Koch family tried to start a Teaparties movement that's the mirror image of today's Teaparty movement. The 2002 effort was called the "U.S. Tea Party", it wrapped itself in the flag, patriotism, and the Revolutionary War like the current...

Occupy DC helps the Koch brothers, shows what democracy actually looks like: a mob - 11/06/11

... want? Instead of helping those in the Koch family sphere make them look bad, here's what the apparently few smart and in-control Occupiers should do: 1. Separate the Koch family from the Tea Parties base. That actually isn't that difficult; see the first link. Many teapartiers might not be willing to follow those linked to the Kochs once they learn that David Koch joined with George Soros to...

Chris Christie backers: David Koch, Kenneth Langone (Home Depot), Charles Schwab, hedge fund managers,... - 09/27/11

... involved is David Koch of the Koch family; the Kochs are one of the main stringpullers on the tea parties. They also fund loose borders advocates like Reason Magazine, and David Koch joined with George Soros and gave $10 million to the illegal immigration-supporting American Civil Liberties Union. That was to fight the Patriot Act, but it also freed up money that the ACLU has used to hamper...

Charles Koch Foundation deletes comment about David Koch donating to ACLU - 06/29/11

... Charles Koch Foundation (see Koch family) deleted a comment I left on their Youtube video in which I pointed out that David Koch joined with George Soros and gave the American Civil Liberties Union $10 million. Apparently the Koch Foundation doesn't want current or potential libertarians to find out that their leader helped fund a far-left group that was founded by a Communist. Video details at...

Rick Perry, Bob McDonnell speak at Koch brothers Vail summit (loose borders advocates) (Chris Christie too) - 06/27/11

The billionaire Koch family are holding a secret four-day summit in Vail, Colorado and two of those jetting in to speak are Texas governor Rick Perry and Virginia governor Bob McDonnell [1] [2]. While the leftwing has recently discovered who the Kochs are due to their involvement in the tea parties, this site has been well aware of them for years due to their support for groups that advocate for...

Get Equal, Rachel Lang unclear on fundamental American concepts (Bachmann, Kochs, glitter, Robert Erickson, Minneapolis) - 06/19/11

... groups funded or directed by the Koch family. There's a good chance that most of the people at RightOnline would be opposed to the other things the Kochs do, such as funding loose borders advocates like Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute. David Koch even joined with George Soros to give millions to the American Civil Liberties Union. If Lang had any sense she'd point that out to as many...

Delusional John Hinderaker thinks only left engages in "personal intimidation" - 05/12/11

... Films to film the houses of the Koch family. I oppose both parties: Greenwald for supporting illegal immigration, and the Kochs for funding loose borders groups. Hinderaker can only rise to opposing one of those parties. Hinderaker also mentions Katrina vanden Heuvel, just not in the way that I do (see the link).

Tea Party used to push corporate agenda (Institute for Liberty, Monsanto, Asian paper company) - 03/31/11

... (groups funded by or linked to the Koch family) and both have been very deeply involved in organizing the teaparties. And: He said he had sometimes chosen issues suggested by colleagues from an earlier job, at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market group heavily financed by business interests. The two institutes are involved in a campaign advocating a realignment of NASA’s budget...

Koch Industries' sockpuppets edited Wikipedia and post comments on blogs too - 03/09/11

... firms employed by the billionaire Koch family have been caught using "sockpuppets" to edit Wikipedia pages about the Kochs. And, one of those firms admits that they use people to promote the Kochs on blogs and news sites. Unfortunately, ThinkProgress [1] doesn't discuss what the latter consists of, but I would not be surprised at all to discover that the vile and idiotic replies I receive to my...

John Hinderaker presents: "David Koch, Friend to Mankind" (formaldehyde, ineffectiveness) - 03/05/11

... (link) about David Koch of the Koch family. But, first I want to tell you about a wonderful substance called formaldehyde...' But, seriously: 1. At the link, John Hinderaker says, "David Koch is one of the world's great philanthropists". That's almost as funny as Hinderaker's 2005 Bush quote [1]. While Koch has certainly spent a large amount of money on various forms of giving, but on balance...

Joshua Holland of Alternet doesn't understand fundamental American concepts regarding speech - 02/27/11

... they promoted a boycott of the Koch family over the attempt by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to limit union power. Legal boycotts are a perfectly acceptable form of protest, even if they're rarely successful and sometimes backfire. However, "Anonymous" also stated that they were seeking Koch "vulnerabilities" which, given their history, can only mean that they intend to try to hack Koch...

David Koch gave far-left, Mex. gov't collaborators ACLU $10 million - 02/25/11

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 [1]. Reasonable people can disagree on the PATRIOT Act, but fighting it or trying to reform it was probably the correct thing to do. Whatever the merits of opposing the PATRIOT Act, giving money...

What Koch defenders aren't telling you (Reddit, Reason, Glenn Reynolds, Powerline, Weigel) - 02/24/11

... had heard about the billionaire Koch family and the "Kochtopus" (those persons and groups funded by or otherwise linked to them). Now, because of the standoff between Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and public employee unions in that state, that's all changed and the Kochs are fast assuming the role that George W Bush played for the Left (and George Soros plays for the right). Sure as night...

Yet another example of Teaparty being useful idiots for the Koch brothers? (Madison union protests) - 02/19/11

... an attempt by the billionaire Koch family to fight unionization in order to increase their profits? The latest example of the Koch family pushing an agenda that helps their bottom line and getting help from the teapartiers in that endeavor comes from the protests between public sector unions and Republican governor Scott Walker in Madison, Wisconsin. I haven't been closely following the issue,...

Koch family, U.S. Chamber, businesses met to plan strategy (+Glenn Beck, tea parties, "mobilize citizens for November") - 10/20/10

Twice each year, the Koch family conducts strategy meetings with corporate and thought leaders to plan how to advance their "free market" ideology. ThinkProgress has the guest list and program for their June 2010 meeting (in Aspen), and, while immigration isn't mentioned, many of the known attendees are on the wrong side. I don't normally recommend anything at ThinkProgress, but in this case I'll...

Koch Industries didn't pay any corporate income tax? ("moochers") - 09/20/10

The Koch family - owners of the private multi-billion dollar diversified energy company Koch Industries - are the money behind much of the right-wing movement, such as libertarians and tea parties. And, they might not have paid any corporate income tax. Bear in mind however: that claim is unverified and second-hand; it might not be true. Per this, Koch Industries' general counsel Mark Holden...

Koch family distances from Tea Parties; says dogmatism isn't working ("Kochtopus") - 06/17/10

... an attempt by the billionaire Koch family to back away from the tea parties. The "Kochtopus" - those people and organizations funded by or linked to the Koch family - has been the main driving force behind organizing and promoting the tea parties. Without the help of FreedomWorks (a successor to a Koch-funded organization), Americans for Prosperity, Reason Magazine, and the rest, the tea...

Freedom Vigil: Beltway libertarians to restore U.S. liberty one glowstick at a time - 03/26/10

... two or more associated with the Koch family's Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, several people who are current or former students or otherwise associated with George Mason University, a Libertarian Party worker, and so on. In otherwise, it's a low-level Kochtopus event. For your amusement, here's the notice from their facebook.com/event.php?eid=105410502822772 page:

Dave Weigel not fully honest about tea party, Kochtopus link ("Top Ten Conservatives of 2009") - 12/31/09

... are funded by or linked to the Koch family. One major member of the Kochtopus is Americans for Prosperity, which is also a major tea party organizer. While the Playboy article might have gotten some things wrong - particularly about Santelli - their article was not "bogus" in the main, no matter what Weigel says. Note of course that David Weigle used to work for Reason Magazine, which is... part...

9/12: Tea Party march on Washington DC live coverage (Glenn Beck, Freedomworks) - 09/12/09

... least two groups linked to the Koch family (the "Kochtopus"): Heartland Institute and Competitive Enterprise Institute. If you oppose corruption and support our immigration laws, few of the people and groups listed anywhere in this post are your friends. UPDATE 9 (9/13/09): The video here shows a group supposedly from ACORN being ejected from the DC rally. They were selling "Don't tread on me...

Tea partiers reach final stage, get their own blimp (Americans for Prosperity balloon) - 08/19/09

... for Prosperity (linked to the Koch family [1], which is in the energy business) skipped the dress-up game stage and went straight for the gold: they've been conducting their own "2009 Nationwide Hot Air Tour" featuring a "70-foot-tall hot air balloon" (hotairtour.org, [2]): "This cap-and-trade scheme is nothing more than a tax on energy- plain and simple," said AFP President Tim Phillips. "We...

Instapundit chats with tea party "facilitator" from Koch-linked group - 04/08/09

... foundation's board was David Koch of the Koch family and they'd received money from that foundation; do a search for Kochtopus if you aren't familiar with their good works. It's just a popular movement, dontcha know.

"Tea Parties": an astroturfed Koch family movement (FreedomWorks, Instapundit, Rick Santelli) - 02/28/09

... astroturfed project of the wealthy Koch Family (called "the Kochtopus", see this). The network between those various persons and groups behind those recent protests is discovered here. Despite the publication, the title, and their support for Obama they appear to be on to something: What hasn’t been reported until now is evidence linking Santelli’s “tea party” rant with some very familiar...