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GOP Mega-Donor Koch Brothers' Company Tied To Global Criminal Misdeeds In Bombshell Article
Business Insider ^ | 10/03/2011 | Zeke Miller

Posted on 10/03/2011 7:13:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A just-published bombshell article in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine implicates Koch Industries, the company controlled by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch, in dozens of criminal acts around the globe over the past three decades.

According the report, company officials have been caught paying bribes to win contracts, trading with Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo, price-fixing, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations.

The billionaire brothers are major donors to FreedomWorks, the Cato Institute, and dozens of other conservative think-tanks and nonprofits. They have also been tied to several independent expenditure groups supporting Republican candidates across the country — and last year The New Yorker exposed the family's efforts to oppose President Barack Obama.

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1 posted on 10/03/2011 7:13:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Did they work for the Nazis? Or even worse, did they kill any birds while drilling for oil?


2 posted on 10/03/2011 7:17:21 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: SeekAndFind

the democrats have been after the koch brothers for a long time.


3 posted on 10/03/2011 7:18:36 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: SeekAndFind

More Dem propaganda to destroy Reps. George Soros is the one who needs to be investigated. The Koch brothers are mere pikers compared to the political clout exercised by Soros who is bankrolling all kinds of Dem organizations and whose “Secretary of State” project is intended to pave the way for widespread voter fraud.


4 posted on 10/03/2011 7:19:14 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow, just wow. So after Obamas Cap-and-Trade fraud didn’t pass the smell test, Exelon and First Energy (who were supposed to be big beneficaries) have recieved the majority of the DOE’s recent spending. Does anyone else see this as a much bugger problem than the trumped up charges on the Koch Brothers?


5 posted on 10/03/2011 7:20:27 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: SeekAndFind

” GOP Mega-donor Koch brother’s company” At least that portion of their ill gotten gains went to good causes.


6 posted on 10/03/2011 7:21:15 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If bull s*it was gold Obama could pay off the National debt all by himself.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Funny — another commie DemoRAT effort to take your eye off of how Obama is going to be funded and by whom.


7 posted on 10/03/2011 7:21:59 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: marstegreg

I heard they shot a puppy.


8 posted on 10/03/2011 7:22:10 AM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t several countries still have warrents out for the arrest of George Soros?


9 posted on 10/03/2011 7:22:19 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: ExtremeUnction

I heard they shot a puppy.

Just one? :)


10 posted on 10/03/2011 7:24:16 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: SeekAndFind

And How many countries did Soros’s deeds out and out financially ruin?


11 posted on 10/03/2011 7:25:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind
I have trouble mustering outrage over this while the US government exceeds its constitutional authority more each day.

My concern is proportionate to the immediacy of the threat to me, personally.

12 posted on 10/03/2011 7:26:17 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Would you be concerned if you found out that the Koch Brothers kept a portion of their wealth in secret bank accounts overseas? (or for that matter, thousands of rich people?)


13 posted on 10/03/2011 7:28:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Consider the source. I don’t see any proof behind the allegations, which are pretty serious. Looks like the old “throw as much crap against the wall and see what stickes” method.


14 posted on 10/03/2011 7:30:01 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: ExtremeUnction

[ I heard they shot a puppy. ]

I heard they killed thousands of poor little puppies, wait that was PeTA......


15 posted on 10/03/2011 7:30:08 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: JoeDetweiler

Don’t several countries still have warrents out for the arrest of George Soros?

I thought I read that if he enters one country they would kill him on sight. I wish I could be more specific but I can’t recall the country. If anyone knows more, please share. Oh, it must be nice being such a well loved “philanthropist”/s.


16 posted on 10/03/2011 7:30:32 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: SeekAndFind
... company officials have been caught paying bribes to win contracts, trading with Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo, price-fixing, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations.

Oh, is that all.

17 posted on 10/03/2011 7:32:40 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: SeekAndFind
and last year The New Yorker exposed the family's efforts to oppose President Barack Obama.

There you have the whole story.

"Reward your friends and punish your enemies." -- Barrack Hussein Oboma.

18 posted on 10/03/2011 7:33:10 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Bitsy

He’s Persona Non Grata in Croatia and other Balkan countries, yeah, he would get shot if found here.


19 posted on 10/03/2011 7:34:07 AM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t it funny how the left can only seem to find these brothers as “meg donors” to the “party of the rich”?

I’ll tell ya what- when Bloomberg starts turning their “truth detector” (hahahahahaha) on the many, MANY, billionaire donors to the demonRATs, I might listen. Start with Soros.

What a crock.


20 posted on 10/03/2011 7:35:04 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Donating any amount to the GOP IS A SERIOUS CRIME! Koch Brothers should be sent to re-education camps or better yet be-headed on a gullitine. So says no less an authority than Rosanne Barr! See Rosanne get in touch with her inner Nazi/Commie tyrant:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/01/roseanne_barr_behead_bankers_rich_who_wont_give_up_wealth.html


21 posted on 10/03/2011 7:35:09 AM PDT by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: vbmoneyspender

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/09/bloomberg-legitimate-news-story-or-liberal-smear.php

POWERLINE responded to most of the charges against KOCH a week ago BEFORE Bloomberg even published their hit piece.

Bribes of foreign officials and doing busines with Iran?? Hmmm, sounds a little like GE to me. Oh yeah, GE supports Obama and is into ‘clean energy’ so they are the good guys. Koch deals in oil and ‘dirty energy’ so they are the enemy.

The sad thing is the liberal enviro wackos are going crazy and watch for Obama and his sycophants at Bloomberg to continue with it pieces on corporate opponents of the left.

long ago, a subsidiary of a European Koch subsidiary sold equipment in Iran is anything but a bombshell. Such sales were legal at the time and are still legal today, but some years ago, Koch Industries adopted a policy that is stricter than required by American law, and now bans any Koch-related company from doing business with Iran.

Companies that have done legal business with Iran include, among many others, Alcatel-Lucent, BASF, Caterpillar, ConocoPhillips, Daimler, Dresser-Rand, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Halliburton, Hewlett-Packard, Honda, Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, KPMG, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nestle, Nissan, Nokia, Schlumberger, Siemens, Sony, Tyson Foods and Unilever. Some of those companies or their subsidiaries continue to do business with Iran. So why, exactly, is the fact that years ago a Koch affiliate sold goods in Iran suddenly a hot news item?


22 posted on 10/03/2011 7:37:53 AM PDT by milwguy
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To: SeekAndFind

I saw both of them on the grassy knoll. Which is amazing, since I was 3 1/2 years old and in Santa Ana, California at the time.


23 posted on 10/03/2011 7:38:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: ExtremeUnction
I heard they shot a puppy.

No, they drowned them in a bag with a bunch of sweet little kitties.

24 posted on 10/03/2011 7:38:39 AM PDT by McGavin999 ("I promise to make Washington inconsequential in your lives" Rick Perry)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Business Insider is a leftist outfit that doesn’t deserve to have their laughable agitprop posted on FR.


25 posted on 10/03/2011 7:38:42 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: Bitsy

Communists infiltrate all places of influence that they can.

It is really no wonder that Soros is “protected”, as he is the greatest advancer of communism since the Red Army.


26 posted on 10/03/2011 7:40:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Dr. Thorne

I am not a supporter of Business Insider, but the contents of article was taken from BLOOMBERG MARKETS. Bloomberg Markets cannot be posted in FR.

Also, other news sources have republished this story.

See here :

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/64987.html

and here:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/10/02/bloomberg_articlesLSDCFQ1A74E9.DTL

and here:

http://moneywatch.bnet.com/economic-news/blog/moneywatch-editors/report-koch-brothers-made-sales-to-iran/786/

and here:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/10/the_koch_brothers_made_part_of.html


27 posted on 10/03/2011 7:43:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: milwguy
So why, exactly, is the fact that years ago a Koch affiliate sold goods in Iran suddenly a hot news item?

Elections are coming up. They really don't have that much to work with, so they're throwing poop and they're hoping it sticks to the wall.

28 posted on 10/03/2011 7:43:22 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: skeeter
I have trouble mustering outrage over this while the US government exceeds its constitutional authority more each day.

Good call.

This seems like more of a diversionary tactic than anything else.

A 'Bombshell article' doesn't mean squat. If anything truly criminal had happened, the arrests would have already been made.

29 posted on 10/03/2011 7:45:22 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: SeekAndFind

Its the seriesness of the charge. /s


30 posted on 10/03/2011 7:52:16 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: SeekAndFind
Charges also include parking too close to a fire hydrant, paying their Visa bill 2 days late in Oct 1983, driving in the fast lane at the speed limit, being three days late on fire extinguisher inspections in Jan 1974, and failure to cover their mouth when they sneezed:


31 posted on 10/03/2011 7:54:43 AM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t General Electric continue to trade with Iran after the embargo? Isn’t GE a big lefty donor and union thug operation?


32 posted on 10/03/2011 7:56:28 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, you mean they do business like democrats, how disappointing. I also read once they poured hot fudge on a puppy.


33 posted on 10/03/2011 7:58:11 AM PDT by svcw (Those who are easily shocked... should be shocked more often. - Mae West)
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To: SeekAndFind

No. Does it concern you?


34 posted on 10/03/2011 7:58:41 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Those activities constitute violations of criminal law," Koch Industries wrote in a Dec. 8, 2008, letter giving details of its findings. The letter was made public in a civil court ruling in France in September 2010; the document has never before been reported by the media.

Sure is news now, isn't it? Hmmm. I wonder why?


35 posted on 10/03/2011 8:00:04 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: montyspython

I hear if Soros were to turn up on any street corner in Malaysia without his bodyguards the passersby would beat him to death in under a minute.


36 posted on 10/03/2011 8:00:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: montyspython; Bitsy
He’s Persona Non Grata in Croatia and other Balkan countries, yeah, he would get shot if found here.

Where is the Mission Impossible team when you need them? Gotta re-route his plane while making him think he's landing in a friendly country.

37 posted on 10/03/2011 8:02:23 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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RE: No. Does it concern you?

No, not at all. What DOES concern me though is the fact that the US government makes it its business to GO AFTER money made by its citizens and residents OVERSEAS.

The US and Eritrea are the only two nations that tax based upon citizenship, not locale. The US makes a claim to taxes on any money you earn anywhere in the world, if you’re a citizen or permanent resident. Highly immoral - but a claim nevertheless.

If you are a German who makes money in the USA, YOU ARE TAXED IN THE USA ONLY and not in Germany.

However, if you are an American who makes money in Germany, YOU ARE TAXED IN GERMANY *AND* in the USA.

Someone in Congress should be doing something about this highly immoral law of ours. We are making criminals of innocent people and wasting time and resources going after them (productive citizens who don’t make themselves a burden on the government ).


38 posted on 10/03/2011 8:03:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Would you be concerned if you found out that the Koch Brothers kept a portion of their wealth in secret bank accounts overseas? (or for that matter, thousands of rich people?)”

Yes, I’d be concerned if I found out that the Koch Brothers kept thousands of rich people in secret bank accounts overseas. But if they were Hollywood rich, I wouldn’t much care...


39 posted on 10/03/2011 8:05:16 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: concerned about politics
There you have the whole story.

I was waiting to see if anyone caught the money line.

This report is garbage.

40 posted on 10/03/2011 8:07:16 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Dr. Thorne
The Business Insider is a leftist outfit that doesn’t deserve to have their laughable agitprop posted on FR.

It does deserve to be exposed for what it is, ripped to shreds and ridiculed here though.

41 posted on 10/03/2011 8:08:18 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: ExtremeUnction

Koch Industries is the worlds leading manufacturer of Puppy/Kitten Shredders.


42 posted on 10/03/2011 8:08:55 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: PhilosopherStone1000

RE: But if they were Hollywood rich, I wouldn’t much care...

Many Hollywood types actually DO have money in bank accounts overseas. They seem to be getting away with it. But if it were the Koch Brothers, they would be prosecuted?

Hmmm... Maybe both brothers should take acting lessons or produce a Hollywood film or two starring Johnny Depp.


43 posted on 10/03/2011 8:10:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: TigersEye

Where is the Mission Impossible team when you need them? Gotta re-route his plane while making him think he’s landing in a friendly country

A drone would be nice.


44 posted on 10/03/2011 8:11:58 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I completely agree. If I had enough money to make it worth the effort I would be looking for someplace beyond the reach of the greedy U.S. Treasury to put it. Laws be damned! they mean nothing to this government now.


45 posted on 10/03/2011 8:13:27 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t say much about Bloomberg, but I can say that Busines Insider is nothing but a leftist rag and should not be linked here at FR. Full of nothing but Dem puff pieces and divide and conquer articles on Republicans.


46 posted on 10/03/2011 8:14:50 AM PDT by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: SeekAndFind
Would you be concerned if you found out that the Koch Brothers kept a portion of their wealth in secret bank accounts overseas? (or for that matter, thousands of rich people?)

I hope you are being sarcastic. If not, then you are an idiot.

47 posted on 10/03/2011 8:16:14 AM PDT by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
Koch Industries is the worlds leading manufacturer of Puppy/Kitten Shredders.

And let me add that their after-sales service is non-existent.

48 posted on 10/03/2011 8:16:42 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Maybe both brothers should take acting lessons...”

Entirely superfluous in today’s Hollywood...


49 posted on 10/03/2011 8:17:18 AM PDT by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: SeekAndFind

The last time we saw posts from Business Insider and all the other rags you point to was when they started attacking Perry. You are being used.


50 posted on 10/03/2011 8:18:39 AM PDT by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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