A Koch Brother Does Damage Control As The American People Reject Their Agenda

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The AP interviewed one of the lesser known Koch brothers, William, in what seems to be an attempt to soften the public image of the family whom the AP tells us in their image description are “demonized” by Democrats. “FILE – This March 4, 2014 file photo shows William Koch, brother of Charles Koch and David Koch interviewed in New York. The Kochs are demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal to counter their weight, and not entirely understood by Republicans, who benefit from their seemingly limitless donations.”

To wit, the AP reported that brother William is a little confused by his brothers’ political involvement, “I wonder a little bit about the high profile they’ve (David and Charles ) taken but admire them for their passionate beliefs and their putting their money where their mouths are.”

William called his brother Charles a born-again Libertarian, “He’s a born-again libertarian or a born-again conservative and sometimes born-agains take positions that are a bit extreme.”

Also, not everyone in the Koch family is a meanie. The are not all crazy right wingers who hate everyone! Please don’t hate Koch Industries.

William told the AP, “We’re all branded as right-wing extremists or right-wing conservatives and I know my brother David and particularly I don’t care if two guys want to get married or two women want to get married. So what? And so I don’t think we have what you’d call the Bible-belt attitudes that are thrown onto conservatives. … Some of my brothers are socially liberal and economically conservative.”

That’s a super nice story and it sorta makes you feel guilty for wanting to boycott Koch industries because not everyone in their family hates everyone in America. But here’s the thing.

Anecdote is not the plural of data, as my university professors liked to remind us.

So, these are lovely, heart-warming stories about a diverse family, but what does Koch Industries spend its money on? Why do Democrats “demonize” the Koch brothers? What are the actual facts, aside from heart-warming stories?

To demonize means to “portray as wicked and threatening”. Portray implies it’s not accurate. And yet, the Koch brothers have been funneling untold numbers of dark dollars in politics with the express desire to help big industry make more money at the expense and health of real Americans.

Democrats aren’t “demonizing” the Koch brothers. They did that themselves. And William might be a super nice guy. I bet he even has some gay friends! But this does not change the fact that Koch brothers are harming people in Texas. Or that Koch Industries won the dubious award of being the 10th top polluter in 2010.

And that doesn’t include their oil deregulation pushes or the fact that they admitted to covering up environmental violations at their refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Want to know why the Kochs hate regulation so much and thus pour millions into buying politicians via a phony grassroots movement called the Tea Party?

Koch will pay a total of $20 million dollars: $10 million in criminal fines and $10 million for special projects to improve the environment in Corpus Christi – a record amount imposed in an environmental prosecution. The plea agreement, filed today in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi, also requires that Koch successfully complete a five-year term of probation and adhere to a strict new environmental compliance program.

Federal grand juries returned an indictment against the company in September 2000 and a superceding indictment in January 2001, and a jury trial on the federal charges was scheduled to begin today in Corpus Christi. The company was charged with criminal violations of the Clean Air Act as well as conspiracy and making false statements to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.

In 2011, as the Koch brothers were carefully repairing their recently outed political interference and thus damaged reputation, Bloomberg blew their efforts to pieces:

Bloomberg revealed the deaths, bribes, felony charges, envelopes stuffed with cash, criminal violations, deliberate poisoning of the air with cancerous smoke, and hundreds of millions of fines behind the Koch Brothers. They revealed that employees are taught to cheat and steal under “The Koch Method.” Oh, and the Kochs sold millions of dollars in petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country recognized for sponsoring terrorism but also one of three countries in the George W Bush identified “Axis of Evil.”

Then Politico took a stab at explaining the way the Koch money trickled down, “POLITICO’s analysis of disclosures filed with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission found that the large groups spend big bucks on salaries, like the $500,000 that FreedomWorks paid its chairman, Dick Armey, endorsements from radio hosts like Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, and speaking fees to movement heroes like Sarah Palin and Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, not to mention millions more on consultants and ad buys.”

Demonizing them? No. The Koch money spent and spends big to demonize anyone who tries to stand up for their cancer victims, their unmitigated greed, and their dark, dirty political influence over the puppets they buy in Congress and in Governors’ mansions around the country (here’s looking at you, Scott Walker). But the Kochs won’t come out and own their ugly demonizing of citizens. No, they pay willing propaganda pushers like Glenn Beck to do it for them.

The Kochs hire people to demonize Americans who need affordable healthcare while they knowingly pump poisonous gas into the lungs of children.

William Koch may be a very nice man. But the way Koch Industries and his brothers spend their money is not nice at all. And sorry, but they don’t get to play the victims. What is really sad is that they and the AP see “Democrats” as the demonizers, when in fact any politician worth an ounce of integrity should not be pushing a Koch agenda. Allegedly, they work for the people. It is now “demonizing” to call out a failure to work for the people, and only Democrats have the courage and the integrity to do so? Oh, okay then. I’m sure the Democratic Party will be pleased to accept that honor.

Money buys almost anything in politics. Cynical folks say the Democrats and the Republicans are the same. But only Republicans work actively against things that disclose dirty money in politics, and they do that for a reason.

18 Replies to “A Koch Brother Does Damage Control As The American People Reject Their Agenda”

  1. No amount of damage control will save the Kochs when the American people say enough, and Francois’s Used Guillotines sales sky rocket.

  2. Not only Koch’s.. Billionaires think they are saving the world, instead they are killing America. Just follow the Billionaires Club. The club has 100 out of 492 billionaires that have pledged to donate 50% of their wealth to charity by the time they die, because they say that charities do a better job than the government (FALSE). None of these Billionaires pay taxes to run the government and serve the people. The unpatriotic billionaires earned their money from the extreme tax breaks given by the Regan and Bush Administrations that stole trillions from 99% of Americans. Instead of supporting America, they spend billions of dollars on lobbyists, think tanks, and politicians to get laws passed so they make more money. They do almost anything to hide their money so they don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes hiding over $32 Trillion in off shore accounts compared to $17 Trillion in US debt. Time for paybacks!

  3. Charles & David Koch are the leading assholes in the State of Kansas and Kansas was supposed to be their model state on trickle down.

    Instead it’s in ashes thanks to Sam Brownbeck and his slash and burn policies on the 99.9% and tax cuts to the .01%.

    That’s right. It’s not even 1% anymore. That’s how bad income inequality has become.

    Sorry William but your two brothers are two of the most pernicious, rotten hearted scum sucking pigs.

  4. Too little too late. Many of the Tea Party candidates the Koch Brothers supported have drowned in the primaries. Even the ones who won their primaries will loose in the general because they are incompetent.

    Brownback is out. If Kansians knew then what they knew now, the Koch backed Brownback never would have been elected. Same for Scott, and Walker. Just like Brownback, Scott and Walker are going to loosr in November.

    The Koch brothers must like their politicians crooked. But then, they’re crooks too, so, birds of a feather flock together, don’t they?

  5. We need a real live nationwide boycott of Koch Products because ppl who buy their products should realize we are helping their agendas.

  6. We need to stand up and do a KOCH BLOCK because people are feeding the hand that bites them.We must stand because words mean nothing.KOCH BLOCK!!!!!!

  7. The Kochs are the devils personified. Hundreds of millions of dollars spent to buy elections and put the worst politicians in the world in charge of America. Romney, Ryan, Cruz, etc. And they make their money poisoning the planet and we will either pay to clean it up or die. They are murderers.

  8. I have. when shopping, I am now looking before buying. Things I use no longer are made by a Koch company. Now as for building supply’s, there, any one building any building has a real hard time finding items not made with a Koch name. These Billonairs are involved in almost all of these. Paper cups, plates, napkin, drinking cups t- tissue, Kleenex we can all quit buying these. There are options. Lets give the Koch’s a bad stomach ache and just quit buying their things…

  9. Their efforts on Climate alone will damage the country irreparably.

    These people are selfish and uncaring to the rest of the country. Totally uncalled for. Maybe they aught to leave the country with Burger King

  10. I remember when an article came out a few years ago about how the Kochs were using their billions to undermine our government, David Koch said that if they reveal that they’re behind the private spending, people won’t buy their products. I knew then that the Kochs like to do their dirty business behind the scenes. In the new info that has emerged about Scott Walker, he, too, mentioned “going after the Koch money.” If the Kochs don’t want to be associated with trying to corrupt our democracy, they should stop using their money to transform our democracy into a corporatocracy where what only they and their very wealthy buddies want matters. Since they’re whining that democrats are the only ones “demonizing” them, my question is why aren’t GOPTPers doing the same? None of us are immune from the low wages they want to pay or the ill effects of their energy policies on our health and the environment. Rich doesn’t = being right, but the Kochs think it does.

  11. It should also be noted that William sued his beloved brothers in Wichita, KS because he believed his brothers had cheated him when he sold his shares in Koch Industries to them.

    It was quite a show as all brothers donated ridiculous gifts to the city to garner the citizens support. You would laugh at the site of a sailing ship sitting in the Arkansas River.

  12. Ms. Jones, you misquoted your professors. The correct quote is: “The plural of anecdote is not data.” Otherwise, nice article.

  13. The Meek will inherit the Earth, only after the Wealthy have laid waste to it!

    This shines light on Their obsession with Space Exploration; look at the two billionaires fighting over launching pad rights.

    The wealthy are circling their wagons in America and the World. To protect their insatiable appetite for the luxuries of The World, they have to thin the herd/world population: No to jobs, No to higher wages, No to welfare, No to healthcare, No to daycare, No to school lunch, No to prenatal care, Sterilization, etc…

    The wealthy control the land and the water sources making it even more difficult for those willing to live humbly. Now regulations on solar use, catching water, next it will be air. How? We may already be paying for air hidden surcharges for indoor venues.

    The wealthy know that if everyone were to be able to live their opulent life style, that no one would have anything.

    Disbelief, this is exactly what THEY need and want for most to be convinced …

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