[120] UC Berkeley physicist Richard A. Muller initially concluded that global warming climate data was flawed, but later reversed his views, supporting scientific consensus. As a result, non-profit groups collectively spent more than all candidates in 28 congressional midterm races, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. $24,500 (1.48%) To Democrats. But the 2013 Moreland Commission briefly investigated another Koch-connected group in New York, Common Sense Principles, describing it as “daisy chain of out-of-state corporations and ‘ghost companies.’” Unsurprisingly, most of … [118], The Koch Foundation is a major funder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, an effort to address the criticism of records of the earth's surface temperatures. In 2011, Koch Industries received a "Defender of Justice award" from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in recognition of their financial support for providing low-income defendants with competent legal representation. It is estimated that the Kochs’ political network raised $126m in 2014 aloneand distributed millions to conservative groups in the 2018 midterm elections. Political Action Committee (PAC) Spending (2000 to 2014) Koch Industries: $16.03 million Soros Fund Management: $0 Lobbying Expenditures (2000 to 2014) Koch Industries: $97.95 million Soros … "[7] They actively fund and support organizations that contribute significantly to Republican candidates, and in particular that lobby against efforts to expand government's role in health care and climate change mitigation,[8] or promote climate change skepticism. [136][137], The Koch network funds the nonprofit group Concerned Veterans for America. [8] In addition to funding think tanks, the brothers support libertarian academics;[24] since 1992, Charles has funded the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program through the Institute for Humane Studies, which mentors young, self-described libertarians. That totals $651,047, short of the $670,000 cited in the ad. Charles Koch supported his brother's candidacy for Vice President on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980. [8] As of 2011, Koch Industries' political action committee had donated more than $2.6 million to candidates. [31][32][33][34] The brothers pledged to donate $60 million in the 2012 election season to defeat President Barack Obama. 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Americans For Prosperity, the political and policy arm of the Koch network, declined to support congressman Kevin Cramer's bid to unseat politically vulnerable Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. [157][158], The Koch network, at their 2018 meeting the launch of Safe Streets and Second Chances, announced a $4 million pilot project designed to shift the American criminal justice system from punishment to prioritizing rehabilitation. [60] The seminar program indicated that past meetings have featured speakers including Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas; Governors Bobby Jindal and Haley Barbour; commentators John Stossel, Charles Krauthammer, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh; Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn; and Representatives Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and Tom Price. The brothers have made significant financial contributions to libertarian and conservative think tanks and have donated primarily to Republican Party candidates running for office. the American journalist Christopher Leonard describes how Koch Industries massively increased their lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. during the presidency of Barack Obama in order to fight against enactment of a government regulatory system of cap and trade that was intended to control and reduce pollution as a tool of environmental policy. [156][161], The Koch-funded American Institute for Economic Research sponsored the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement that advocates for an alternative, risk-based approach to the COVID-19 pandemic that involves "Focused Protection" of those most at risk and seeks to avoid or minimize the societal harm of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. In either case, her column today about the Koch brothers’ political spending — which parrots a meme that has bounced around conservative blogs and websites like a bad chain e-mail — gets the facts about Koch spending versus union spending completely wrong. Since 2000, Koch also donated $174,500 to other state GOP accounts, which allow for capped contributions that vary year-by-year according to inflation. Charles Koch’s political operation and his close family members have funded the campaigns and leadership PACs of all 13 U.S. senators who will attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6 based on Trump’s conspiracy theories and lies. [52][53] In June 2018, the Kochs backed a multimillion-dollar campaign organized by three pro-free trade political groups to oppose the Trump tariffs.[54]. The billion-dollar GOP mega-donor Koch network, headed by billionaire Charles Koch, is threatening to cut off donations to Republicans who objected to the electoral college results of the 2020 presidential election. [37][38], According to Mother Jones, Koch Industries' Political Action Committee (PAC) contributed the second largest donation to Scott Walker's 2010 campaign for governor of Wisconsin. [15], David H. Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate in 1980. [21][44][45][46] Koch Industries cited the protests an example of what they see as liberal hypocrisy regarding fundraising as these same groups don't protest big money donations for Democratic fundraisers. The Koch brothers are the sons of Fred C. Koch (1900–1967), who founded Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States, of which they own 84% of the stock. It was founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 by Ed Crane, Murray Rothbard, and Charles Koch. Though David Koch says his family foundation spends far more on philanthropy, the brothers have had an impact on the political landscape, funding conservative presidential candidates … [148][149], Among the reforms are a push for further mens rea requirements, meaning criminal intent must be proven to establish fault. Guests may be required to give up their cell phones, media presence limited to only "a handful" of organizations, and photos and videos "strictly prohibited". ‘Because personnel is policy, this means Koch often gets the policies – and judges – he wants.’. In political circles, the Koch brothers have been most known for huge donations to conservative causes. [55], One 1997 study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy[62] identified twelve American foundations which have had a key influence on U.S. public policy since the 1960s via their support for the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. Buckley litigation also laid the foundation for the discredited Citizens United decision. [71][82][92][93], Americans for Prosperity created Patients United Now, which advocated against a single-payer health care system during the 2009-2010 healthcare reform debate. It acknowledged funding libertarian and conservative causes,[170] but stated there were inaccuracies and distortions in Mayer's article, and that she failed to identify alleged conflicts of interest on the part of several persons whom she quoted. Koch brothers political donations. Political Action Committee, or KochPAC, include nearly $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees as recently as 2010 — including a $30,000 donation… [51] Charles Koch criticized Trump's Muslim travel ban suggestions during the campaign and said "it's possible" that Hillary Clinton could be a better president, although strongly denied rumours that he would actually support Clinton. [30][39] That contribution amounted to less than 0.5% of Walker's campaign total[40] because of the limits placed on campaign contributions. Koch then bundled money with his family to become that political party’s biggest donor, giving it an amount that seems small now but was big then and was the start of something bigger. [40], According to the Palm Beach Post, David Koch has been active in Wisconsin politics. [141][142], Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity and Generation Opportunity[143] ran more than $3 million worth of advertisements opposing the Affordable Care Act, including a series of ads in which Uncle Sam was depicted as a "creepy" doctor. ... Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a 'kingpin of climate science denial.' [102][103][104], The Kochs donated more than $17 million between 1997 and 2008 to various groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute. [48][49][50] After the Republican primary, they decided to not donate to Trump's campaign at all, instead focusing on the Congress and Senate races. The fact that unions don't like the Kochs doesn't make the donation a "political activity" of the Koch brothers. Almost certain to attend are conservative political candidates looking to show off their ideological credentials in exchange for campaign funding. The super PAC launched in 2014 as an adjunct of the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit business association operating as the main hub of the … Charles Phillips, a top-ranking member of … Koch Brothers' network will drop almost $1 billion on 2016 election. [29], In 2008, the three main Koch family foundations contributed to 34 political and policy organizations, three of which they founded, and several of which they directed. [112] After the fund's president also appeared at a summit held by the brothers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a major labor union, providing $50,000 annually ended its support for the fund in protest. Of the five men that sit on the group's board, four are current or former employees of Koch companies and one is a friend of Charles Koch's." Archives show that Koch funding for the Libertarian party helped subsidize the legal effort that resulted in the infamous Buckley v Valeo decision, which equated spending money with free speech. The Kochs aligned with President Barack Obama in heading criminal justice reform, citing poor conditions and an outdated system. It donated $43,000, second in size only to PAC donations of $43,125 from both the Wisconsin realtors and the Wisconsin home builders. When Charles Koch decided that Trump represented a “once-in-a-generation” chance to change the tax code to slash taxes for the richest few, Koch got it. 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[21], Charles Koch funds and supports libertarian organizations such as the Cato Institute,[22] which he co-founded with Edward H. Crane and Murray Rothbard in 1977,[23] and is a board member at the Mercatus Center, a market-oriented research think tank at George Mason University. Americans for Prosperity reportedly spent $700,000 on ads supporting Governor Scott Walker's changes to collective bargaining. [132], In January 2011, Rolling Stone magazine included the Koch brothers on its list of the top twelve people blocking progress on global warming. Koch Industries describes itself as being committed to free societies and free market principles and as supporting those who champion these things. The meeting invitation stated that "[our] prosperity is under attack by the current [i.e. [64], The Koch family foundations began in 1953 with the establishment of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. [97] Their efforts were criticized by some at the institute, including the institute's president Ed Crane, who in an email to staff stated that the Kochs were "in the process of trying to take over the Cato Institute. [56] The network has been called "one of the nation's most influential political forces",[55] "a shadow political party, complete with its own field offices and national voter database". The powerful Koch political network, funders of the Tea Party, will “weigh heavy” the actions of members of Congress in the days leading up to and after last week’s siege of the Capitol … [100], Freedom Partners gave grants worth a total of $236 million to conservative organizations, groups like the Tea Party Patriots and organizations which opposed the Affordable Care Act prior to the 2012 election. [35][36] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, of $274 million in anonymous 2012 contributions, at least $86 million is "attributed to donor groups in the Koch network". The two brothers have vast resources to invest in politics, commanding over $50bn each from their ownership of Koch Industries. [25], For the brothers, promoting the ideal of economic freedom is essential to society's well-being. ", "The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles", "New Group Tied To Oil Industry Runs Ads Promoting Drilling, Attacking Democrat", "7 Tim Phillips President, Americans for Prosperity", "Koch fighting climate research funding probe", "Koch Industries refuses to comply with US senators' climate investigation", "The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power", "Koch brothers, big utilities attack solar, green energy policies", "How the Koch Network Exploited the Veterans Affairs Crisis", "Who Controls the Kochs' Political Network? Will they destroy it? [66] The two brothers' foundations have provided an estimated $1.5 billion to a variety of causes and institutions including public television, medical research, higher education, environmental stewardship, criminal justice reform and the arts. [27], In 2014, Charles Koch wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, describing his agenda. $1,626,000 (98.52%) To Republicans. [158], In 2014, Koch Companies Public Sector CEO Philip Ellender responded to comments that Democrat Harry Reid made on the floor of the Senate, when he said that the Koch brothers were trying to "buy the country". [84][85][86][87] David Koch was the top initial funder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. In 2013 "NFIB and its affiliated groups received $2.5 million from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a conservative advocacy group with deep ties to the Koch empire. A study from the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University reported that "[I]n 2011 and 2012, Koch Industries Public Sector LLC, the lobbying arm of Koch Industries, advocated for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would have rolled back the Supreme Court's ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could regulate greenhouse gases. Another goal for the Kochs' criminal justice reforms is to reduce recidivism and diminish barriers faced by rehabilitated citizens seeking reintroduction into the work force and society. Lobbying in 2019: $10,960,000. [123] The foundation helped finance a 2007 analysis suggesting that climate change was not a threat to the survival of polar bears,[124] which was questioned by other researchers. 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