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  • Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics

    06/05/2018 7:41:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 05, 2018 | Steve Peoples
    Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers’ network of business and political activities. The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning. Charles Koch wrote that he is “deeply saddened” by his brother’s retirement. “David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way,” he wrote. […] Democrats have demonized the Koch brothers for their outsized influence in conservative politics over the last decade. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid regularly attacked Republicans...
  • Koch brothers fund political ads praising Dems on immigration

    05/17/2018 7:30:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 27 replies
    TheHill ^ | 5/17/18 | John Bowden
    The Koch Network is using its immigration initiative LIBRE to back a number of Democrats that are working to find a permanent legal solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The megadonor brothers are known for the regular backing of conservative causes, donating millions of dollars to back GOP candidates, but NPR reports that the LIBRE initiative is raising money to protect Democrats who have shown a willingness to work on finding a legislative fix for DACA while also backing stronger border security initiatives. "This stands out. People when they talk about the Koch network ... they point...
  • What? ABC Panelist Suggests Tillerson Was Fired to Ensure a War With Iran

    03/18/2018 4:46:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 18, 2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    In what really could only be described as a completely bonkers conspiracy theory, The Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel suggested Sunday that Rex Tillerson was fired from the secretary of state position because his replacement was funded by the Koch brothers and because the administration wanted a war with Iran. If youÂ’re confused, donÂ’t worry, the rest of the liberal panel on ABCÂ’s This Week didnÂ’t seem to be able to follow her convoluted mess either. The ridiculousness began when a conversation about the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was derailed by vanden Heuvel, who decided...
  • Valerie Jarrett Compares Attending Farrakhan Event To Meeting With The Koch Brothers

    03/09/2018 1:12:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2018 | John Sexton
    Today the View discussed the ongoing controversy over Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory’s fondness for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. For the most part, everyone seemed to be in agreement that Farrakhan was a genuine anti-Semite (and anti-white racist) and that people who claim to be social justice leaders probably shouldn’t be hanging out with him. There was one note of dissent, however. The guest for this segment was former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett who suggested that sometimes, as a leader, you need to meet with people who you strongly disagree with.“Part of learning to be a leader effectively is that...
  • Time Editor Bleats the Koch Brothers Will Ruin His Life (and Earth) by Buying Time

    11/25/2017 7:08:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | November 25, 2017 | Tim Graham
    The Koch brothers might be part of buying Time magazine, and a former Time science editor is so panicked he wrote an article for the leftist magazine The Nation titled "Don't Let the Koch Brothers Buy Time Magazine." Charles Alexander wrote about how his life’s work of screaming environmental bias may be about to go down the drain: Can you imagine what it would be like to see your life’s work suddenly go down the drain? I can—right now. As a former Time editor who spent 13 years editing the magazine’s coverage of environmental issues, I am in despair over...
  • VP Mike Pence to Be Keynote Speaker at Pro-Amnesty Koch Brothers’ Retreat

    09/29/2017 9:06:23 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 52 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | John Binder29 Sep 2017 | John Binder 29 Sep 2017
    Vice President Mike Pence will be the keynote speaker at pro-mass immigration GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch’s New York political strategy retreat. Pence is expected to speak on public policy at the Koch brothers’ retreat, which will be held on Oct. 12 and 13, according to USA Today. The retreat is also to cultivate Republican candidates for the 2018 midterm elections who are in-line with the Kochs’ open borders agenda. “As a legislator, governor and now vice president, Pence truly understands how good policies can help all Americans improve their lives,” Koch network spokesperson James Davis said in a...
  • Koch Brothers Line Up with DACA Illegals to Pressure Republican Congress to Pass Amnesty

    09/07/2017 10:50:38 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Sep 2017 | IAN MASON
    Long-time pro-mass immigration billionaires Charles and David Koch became the latest force to pressure congressional Republicans to nullify the end of DACA with a legislative amnesty Thursday. Koch spokespeople said the brothers will throw their weight behind the growing effort to force a two-house GOP majority that has refused to pass either funding for the southern border wall or the RAISE Act, a key nationalist immigration reform, to quickly pass an amnesty for those who were once exempted from federal immigration law under President Barack Obama’s DACA. The Koch amenability to open borders and amnesty is nothing new. In 2013,...
  • Koch urgency: Conservative network fears closing window

    06/26/2017 8:40:13 AM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 26 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | June 26, 2017 | Steve Peoples, AP
    The urgency was easy to find inside the private receptions and closed-door briefings at the Koch brothers' donor retreat in Colorado Springs, where the billionaire conservatives and their chief lieutenants warned this weekend of a rapidly shrinking window to push their agenda through Congress. No agenda items mattered more to the conservative Koch network than the GOP's promise to overhaul the nation's tax code and repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. At the moment, however, both are bogged down by GOP infighting that jeopardizes their fate...... "If we don't get health care, none of us are coming...
  • Jeffery Sachs’ Classic Koch Fixation

    06/23/2017 10:46:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 22, 2017 | Brendan Cassell
    Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs claims that President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord because of the influence of the Koch brothers. "The president doesn't know what he's doing, this is obvious he's an idiot,” he said. "But what's happening behind here is real politics." "This is the victory paid and carried out for 20 years by two people: David and Charles Koch." Sachs is also a senior advisor to the UN Secretary General. These claims don’t make much since the Koch Brothers are by no means Donald Trump fans. During the 2016 campaign they refused to back...
  • HBCUS @AEI

    06/02/2017 11:37:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 2, 2017 | Leonard Robinson
    On Friday, May 27, leaders from historically black colleges (HBCUs) and organizations which support them gathered in Washington, DC at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) for a panel discussion entitled, "Historically black colleges and the road ahead." AEI Resident Fellow and former President of Black Alliance for Educational Options in the United States, Gerard Robinson, moderated the discussion. Robinson, a Howard University alum, led the panel with a simple question, "…where would America be without HBCUs." Participants on the panel were Lezli Baskerville, President and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO);Michael Lomax, President of...
  • TIME Mag: Koch Brothers Helping Illegal Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses

    04/16/2017 8:52:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 22 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN BINDER
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anti-Trump conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch are helping illegal immigrants in the U.S. obtain driver’s licenses, as well as preparing them for citizenship tests. A fluff piece by TIME Magazine spotlights the Koch Brothers’ LIBRE Initiative organization for its work being done to help illegal immigrants while President Trump and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have successfully increased immigration enforcement. “It is chaotic. People are very, very worried about their situation,” says Aguado. “One of the things that has been a positive thing through this stress that people have is that they’re more interested in becoming...
  • Conservative Koch brothers spending millions to stop GOP health care bill

    03/23/2017 12:53:36 PM PDT · by TBP · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 23, 2017
    The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans. The network’s leading organizations, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced late Wednesday the creation of a special fund to support House members who vote against the health care bill. The announcement, which comes on the eve of the House vote, marks the influential conservative network’s most aggressive move against the health care proposal, which is under attack from the right and the left. “The bill as it stands today is ObamaCare 2.0,” said...
  • Inside the Koch Network’s Push for Gorsuch

    03/06/2017 2:55:21 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | March 6, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    The billionaire brothers are pulling out all the stops in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Pity the interns who answer the phones in Colorado senator Michael Bennet’s office. Concerned Veterans for America estimates that as of March 2, it had connected with 80,000 Colorado supporters, urging them to phone Bennet’s office in an effort to convince him that he should support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. CVA is leading the Koch brothers’ network of libertarian-leaning advocacy groups in its effort to maximize pressure on senators to confirm Gorsuch.
  • The Brawny Man is now a Brawny Woman

    03/03/2017 9:18:20 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 37 replies
    AV club ^ | 3/3/17 | Marah Eakin
    Wrap it up ladies, because we’ve finally accomplished it all: The Brawny Man is being turned into a Brawny Woman. As part of Georgia-Pacific’s #StrengthHasNoGender initiative, Wal-Mart will be selling special commemorative “Brawny Woman” 8-packs of paper towels all March, which just happens to be Women’s History Month. Pick some up to clean up all your kids’ kitchen messes, ladies! You’re doing the cleaning, after all, whether you’re on the label or not. And here’s hoping Wal-Mart has them on sale, since you’re going to need a deal, given that you’re making just $.79 for every male dollar, and your...
  • Koch Advocacy Group Hits Speaker Ryan’s ‘Buy American’ Tax Plan

    01/30/2017 5:54:38 AM PST · by Rockitz · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 29 Jan 2017 | Neil Munro
    The pro-jobs tax plan being developed by establishment Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, is now being opposed by the Koch brothers’ advocacy group, Americans For Prosperity. The opposition of the Koch-funded group shows a widening clash between the GOP’s donors and Donald Trump’s expanding populist “Buy American, Hire American” coalition. So far, the two groups have clashed over cheap-labor immigration and Trump’s successful candidacy. That clash was garishly demonstrated late December, when Trump publicly booted a friend of David Koch off one of his golf courses, prompting Koch to also leave. Brothers Charles and David Koch opposed Trump during...
  • Kicking Money Out of Politics: Trump Boots Koch Brother from Golf Course

    01/02/2017 2:03:54 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jan 2017 | Katie McHugh
    Kicking Money Out of Politics: Trump Boots Koch Brother from Golf Course Katie McHugh 2 Jan 20172 President-elect Donald Trump told a critical biographer and guest of billionaire David Koch to leave his West Palm Beach golf course on New Year’s Eve, forcing Koch to leave with him. Trump’s gesture was another slight against the pro-amnesty, pro-“free trade” billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who opposed Trump during the Republican primary season and refused to help him during the general election. It also signals Trump will not necessarily play nice with the GOP political establishment and Beltway right. The Kochs...
  • Rick Manning: Soros and Koch Brothers Collude to Empty Federal Prisons

    08/24/2016 6:00:07 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Aug 2016 | Rick Manning
    Billionaire socialist political investor George Soros is behind Black Lives Matter and the attempt to empty the prisons to move America further left, so what are the Koch brothers doing joining them? Soros’ hub of his political web is the group, Open Society, which was hacked and its email traffic spilled into the public domain, showed that its U.S. Programs Board, in October of 2015, approved an expenditure of $650,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been at the epicenter of disruptive riots designed to transform the criminal justice system. And Politico reported that just a few weeks...
  • Ryan warns donors GOP could lose House: report

    08/07/2016 7:06:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 06, 2016, 02:37 pm | Rebecca Savransky
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is warning donors that the Republican party’s House majority could be in jeopardy, according to The New York Times. Ryan spoke in private last week to a group of donors at a political conference in Colorado sponsored by the industrialists Charles G. and David H. Koch. During the conference, the speaker said donors shouldn’t put their focus completely on retaining the Senate, and noted that Republican control of the House may also be at risk, the Times reported, citing a Republican who heard the talk. …
  • Paul Ryan Gets Standing Ovation at Koch Donors Retreat After Repudiating Trump’s Trade Policies

    08/02/2016 5:31:53 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1 Aug 2016 | Julia Hahn
    JANESVILLE, WI — House Speaker Paul Ryan received a standing ovation from wealthy donors after denouncing the views of Republican voters, who are skeptical of so-called “free trade” deals. Speaking at a lavish retreat for 400 donors hosted by a network helmed by libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch, Paul Ryan suggested it was incumbent upon the Party to “repudiate” the views of Republican voters, who do not support Ryan and his donors’ trade agenda. Ryan reportedly assured donors that he will work to “win some of these fights” and advance their agenda on trade — presumably meaning that Ryan...
  • Koch brothers network rules out anti-Clinton ads

    07/30/2016 7:41:30 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 33 replies
    WMTW.com ^ | 7/30/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    COLORADO SPRINGS (CNN) —The powerful political network helmed by Charles and David Koch is ruling out running advertisements intended to hurt Hillary Clinton, another sign of their insistence on avoiding the presidential race. The Koch network has previously said they will not back Republican candidate Donald Trump, but on Saturday officials told reporters that they would not run negative Clinton spots, a position taken by some Republican groups that are uneasy with the controversial GOP standard-bearer. The group is laser-focused on maintaining and expanding the Senate majority -- in the midst of a $42 million television advertising campaign focused on...