The Latest Koch Brothas Updates.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Koch-brothers

 

 

Koch Brothers Exposed is a 2012 US political documentary, compiled by Robert Greenwald from a viral video campaign produced by Brave New Films, about the political activities of the Koch brothers.

 

Koch Brothers Exposed

 

Published on May 2, 2013

Documentary detailing the crimes of the Koch brothers and the hijacking of US politics.

 

 

Koch Brothers Exposed
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Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by
Starring
Editing by Joseph Suzuki
Studio Brave New Films
Release dates
  • May 8, 2012
Running time 60 min
Country United States
Language English

 

Robert Greenwald is an American filmmaker, who in the early 2000s turned toward making issues-oriented documentary films and founded Brave New Films, a liberal media company which publishes viral documentary campaigns, including the one from which this film was compiled.

 

“The billionaire brothers,” according to the campaign’s official website, “bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights.” The film, described on the official website as “a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst,” “uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.”

 

 

Koch family

 

The Koch family (/ˈkk/ koke) of industrialists and businessmen is most notable for its control of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the United States. The family business was started by Fred C. Koch, who developed a new cracking method for the refinement of heavy oil into gasoline. Fred’s four sons litigated against each other over their interests in the business during the 1980s and 1990s.

 

David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch — the two brothers still with Koch Industries — are affiliated with the Koch family foundations. Annual revenues for Koch Industries have been “estimated to be a hundred billion dollars”.

 

Family members

  • Fred C. Koch (1900–1967), American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries and was one of the founding members of the John Birch Society 
  • Mary Robinson Koch (October 17, 1907–December 21, 1990), wife of Fred C. and namesake of the company tanker vessel Mary R. Koch
  • Four sons of Fred C. and Mary Robinson Koch:

 

 

KochBros

 

 

Political activities

Members of the Koch family have given to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States, including think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, and more recently Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are organizations with links to both the Kochs and the Tea Party movement.

 

According to the Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, “the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members” have financially supported organizations “fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research.”

 

In 2011 the Koch Industries website was attacked by Anonymous following the Industries’ attack upon union members, the result being their website could not be accessed for 15 minutes. In 2013 one member of the group, a 38-year-old truck driver, pleaded guilty when accused of participating in the attack for a period of one minute, and received a sentence of two years federal probation, and ordered to pay $183,000 restitution.

 

 

Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’

 

 

 

Koch Industries

 

Koch Industries, Inc. /ˈkk/ is an American multinational corporation based in WichitaKansas, United States, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading and investments. Koch also owns InvistaGeorgia-Pacific, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals and Matador Cattle Company. Koch companies are involved in core industries such as the manufacturing, refining and distribution of petroleumchemicalsenergy, fiber, intermediates and polymersmineralsfertilizerspulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, as well as other ventures and investments. The firm employs 50,000 people in the United States and another 20,000 in 59 other countries.

 

In 2011, Forbes called it the second largest privately held company in the United States (after Cargill), with an annual revenue of about $98 billion, down from the largest in 2006. If Koch Industries were a public company in 2007, it would have ranked about 16 in the Fortune 500.

 

Fred C. Koch, after whom Koch Industries, Inc. is named, co-founded the company in 1940 and developed an innovative crude oil refining process. His sons, Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and David H. Koch, executive vice president, are principal owners of the company after they bought out their brothers, Frederick and William “Bill” Koch, for $1.1 billion in 1983. Charles and David H. Koch each own 42% of Koch Industries, and Charles has stated that the company will publicly offer shares “literally over my dead body”.

 

Koch Industries, Inc.
Koch Industries logo.svg
Type Private
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1940
Founder(s) Fred C. Koch
Headquarters WichitaKansasU.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Charles de Ganahl Koch
(Chairman & CEO)
David H. Koch
(Executive VP)
Products Asphaltchemicals,commodities trading,

energy,fibersfertilizers,

finance,mineralsnatural gas,

plastics,petroleumpulp and paper,ranching

Revenue Increase US$ 115 billion (2013)
Owner(s) Koch family (84%)
Employees 70,000 (2011)
Subsidiaries Georgia-PacificInvistaFlint Hills Resources
Website Kochind.com

 

 

 

Rachel Maddow: The ‘Koch Brothers’ Now Funding & ‘Polluting’ Florida State University

 

 

 

Political activity

Koch Industries has spent more than $50 million to lobby in Washington between 2006 and October 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

The company has opposed the regulation of financial derivatives and limits on greenhouse gases. It sponsors free market foundations and causes.

 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, many of Koch Industries’ contributions have gone toward achieving legislation on energy issues, defense appropriations and financial regulatory reform. Koch Industries has been criticized by the environmentalist group Greenpeace for the role they allege the company plays in affecting climate change policy in the United States, along with other major producers of oil and petroleum like ExxonMobil and Chevron. Koch Industries replied saying the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.”

 

One policy proposal to control global warming that Koch Industries has come out against is Low Carbon Fuel Standards, such as were passed in 2007 in California. According to Koch Industries, “LCFS would cripple refiners that rely on heavy crude feed stocks to provide the transportation fuels that keep America moving.”

 

The Koch Industries website includes an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal by Charles Koch, one of the company’s owners, “Why Koch Industries is Speaking Out.” The article states: “Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges [deficit spending by governments] seriously.”

 

The company also funds the political action committee KochPAC.

 

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Environmental and safety record

Bloomberg reports that from 1999 to 2003, Koch Industries was assessed “more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments.” Daniel Indiviglio, in a reaction piece appearing in The Atlantic argues that the Bloomberg article is biased and misleading, asserting that the Bloomberg team “only found eight instances of alleged misconduct by a giant multinational over the span of 63 years”.

 

In 2000, for its 300 reported oil spills which had taken place across six states, Koch paid the largest civil fine ever imposed on a company under any federal environmental law for the illegal discharge of crude oil and petroleum products. In a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Texas, the company agreed to pay a “$30 million civil penalty, improve its leak-prevention programs and spend $5 million on environmental projects.”

 

In 1996, an 8-inch-diameter steel LPG pipeline operated by Koch Pipeline Company ruptured near Lively, Texas and began leaking butane gas. The vapor cloud ignited when two residents drove their pickup truck through the flammable vapors to get to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1 to report the leak. The two were killed in the explosion, and approximately 25 families were later evacuated from the neighborhood without injury. An investigation conducted by the NTSB found that the pipe section which failed had not been shown to have excessive corrosion in a 1995 inspection. Regulations at the time did not provide criteria for “adequate cathodic protection.” Koch also stated that the bacteria-induced corrosion acted quicker than had ever previously been recorded in the industry. The explosion was the only event of its kind in the company’s history. In 1999, a Texas jury found that negligence had led to the rupture of the Koch pipeline and awarded the victims’ families $296 million – “the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history”.

 

In 2000, a federal grand jury returned a 97-count indictment against Koch Industries and its individual employees for environmental crimes relating to excess emissions of 85 metric tons of benzene, a known carcinogen. In 2001, Koch Industries was fined $20 million, of which $10 million was a criminal fine and $10 million to clean up the environment.

 

Rachel Maddow Koch brothers feed Republican ecosystem.flv

 

 

 

David H. Koch

David Hamilton Koch (/ˈkk/; born May 3, 1940) is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States.

 

Koch is a major patron of the arts and has contributed to several charities including Lincoln CenterSloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History‘s David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of 100 million dollars for the renovation of the theater. Condé Nast Portfolio described him as “one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America”. He and his brother Charles have also donated to political advocacy groups, including Americans for Prosperity, and to political campaigns, mainly Republican. He is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991. Koch is the fourth richest person in America as of 2012, and the wealthiest resident of New York City as of 2013.

 

David H. Koch
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Koch in 2007
Born David Hamilton Koch
May 3, 1940 (age 73)
Wichita, Kansas, US
Monuments David H. Koch Theater
Residence 740 Park Avenue
Manhattan, New York, US
Citizenship United States
Education M.S. in Chemical Engineering
Alma mater MIT
Occupation VP of Koch Industries
Known for Philanthropy to cultural and medical

institutions;
Support of libertarian and

conservative causes

Net worth Increase US$ 31 billion (2012)
Political party
Libertarian (before 1984),Republican
Opponent(s) Ran on Libertarian ticket for Vice President in

1980 election against CarterMondale,

andReaganBush

Board member of
Aspen InstituteCato Institute,

Reason Foundation

Spouse(s) Julia M. Flesher Koch
Children David Koch Jr.
Mary Julia Koch
John Mark Koch
Parents Fred C. Koch
Mary Robinson
Relatives
Awards Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters -

Cambridge College;
Corporate Citizens Award -

Woodrow Wilson International

Center for Scholars

 

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow-‘Every time you turn over a political rock’ the Koch brothers are there.

 

 

 

Charles Koch

 

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Charles de Ganahl Koch (/ˈkk/; born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. His brother David H. Koch also owns 42% of Koch Industries and serves as Executive Vice President. The brothers inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, and have since expanded the business to 2,600 times its inherited size. Originally involved exclusively inoil refining and chemicals, Koch Industries has expanded to include process and pollution control equipment and technologies; polymers and fibers; minerals; fertilizers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. The businesses produce a wide variety of well-known brands, such as Stainmaster carpet, Lycra fiber, Quilted Northern tissue and Dixie Cup. In 2007, Koch’s book The Science of Success was published. The book describes his management philosophy, referred to as “Market-Based Management”.

 

Koch provides financial support for a number of public policy and charitable organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He co-founded the Washington, DC-based Cato Institute. Through the Koch Cultural Trust, founded by Charles Koch’s wife, Elizabeth, the Koch family has also funded artistic projects and creative artists.

 

Koch Industries is the second-largest privately held company by revenue in the United States according to a 2010 Forbes survey and as of October 2012 Charles was ranked the 6th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $34 billion—according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index—and was ranked 18th on Forbes World’s Billionaires list of 2011 (and 4th on the Forbes 400), with an estimated net worth of $25 billion, deriving from his 42% stake in Koch Industries.

 

Charles Koch
Born Charles de Ganahl Koch
November 1, 1935 (age 78)
Wichita, Kansas
Ethnicity Dutch (grandfather)
Alma mater MIT
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries
Net worth Increase US$ 36 billion (2013)
Children
  • Chase Koch
  • Elizabeth Koch
Parents
Relatives

 

Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea

 

Published on Jan 6, 2014

Rachel Maddow had a fiery response to the Koch brothers on Friday after receiving a letter from their lawyer.

The MSNBC host and the billionaire brothers clashed over Maddow’s report on Thursday about Florida’s “drug test the poor” law, which she said turned out to be an “expensive and embarrassing failure.” Maddow had said that an organization funded by groups affiliated with Charles and David Koch encouraged other states to adopt the legislation, despite its dismal results.

 

 

 

Charles Koch and David Koch, the brothers at the helm of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., have a net worth of $36 billion apiece, according to Forbes. They’re tied for fourth on the magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in America.

 

Koch brothers’ net worth: $36 billion apiece, Forbes says

 

Charles Koch and David Koch, the brothers at the helm of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., have a net worth of $36 billion apiece, according to Forbes. They’re tied for fourth on the magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in America.

 

Forbes’ estimate of the brothers’ wealth has been increasing. In March, on a list of the world’s billionaires, Forbes put their net worth at $34 billion apiece.

 

Shutdown The U.S. Government Traitors....The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Donald Trump

Shutdown The U.S. Government Traitors….The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Donald Trump

 

Koch Bros. Behind Government Shutdown. Maddow 10/09/2013

 

 

 

I LOVE this organization name…..

 

kockwatchercom

 

From Koch Watch.com:

 

Boycott these traitorous John Bircher/Tea Party corporatists.

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Koch Products & Companies Include:
- Angel Soft
- Angel Soft Ultra 
- Brawny paper towels
- Dixie cups (& napkins & plates)
- Insulair cups
- Perfect Touch cups, paper products
- Quilted Northern
- Sparkle paper towels
- Stainmaster
- Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
- Mardis Gras napkins
- Zee Napkins
- Georgia Pacific products

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Home/Office papers:
- Advantage
- Image Plus
- Spectrum

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Other:
- American Greetings (Kochs own minority share)
- Guardian Glass (Kochs own 44%) 
- Stainmaster
- Lycra
- Teflon

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Building supplies: 
- Georgia Pacific

 

Show Your Displeasure: Boycott These Koch Products

 

Koch companies’ products are everywhere we look- In our offices, homes and backyards. We walk on them. Wear Them. Eat off them. We use them to clean spills or to keep spills from staining. Chances are, nearly every store you walk into sell a Koch company product. Next time you shop, be on the lookout for these familiar brands:

 

Investa

Lycra
Cool Max
Tactel
Solar max
Polarguard
Dacron
Thermolite
Comforel
Antron
Stainmaster
Cordura

 

Georgia-Pacific

Vanity Fair
Angel Soft
Quilted Northern
Sparkle
Brawny
Mardi Gras
Dixie
DensArmor Plus
Plyntanium
Tough Rock
Demak Up
 Kittensoft
Lotuss
Moltonel
Tenderly
Nouvelle
Okay
Calhogar
Delica
Inversoft
Tutto

 

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If you see it, put it back. It’s radioactive.

If you buy industrial products, here’s another site the Kochs may soon be taking down:http://www.kochind.com/factsSheets/KochFacts.aspx It has links to all the Koch Industries companies- Industrial products, minerals, fertilizers, and of course Georgia-Pacific. Feel free to search their site- it contains a very comprehensive list of consumer products to avoid including these selected products:

 

Toilet Paper:
Angel Soft
Quilted Northern
Soft N, Gentle

 

 

Paper Towels:
Brawny
Sparkle
Mardi Gras

 

 

Napkins:
Mardi Gras
Vanity Fair
Zee

 

 

Agriculture:
Nitamin
Bumper Harvest

 

 

Food Service:
Quik-Rap sandwich paper
Quilt-Rap insulating sandwich wrap
Food Shop sandwich wrap
Menu tissue

 

 

Packaging:
Color-Box
MulitKraft

GP paper products
GP industrial claening & janitorial products
GP healthcare products
GP building & remodelling products

 

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If you didn’t know about The Koch Brothers…..Now You Know.

 

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19 Responses

  1. […] The Latest Koch Brothas Updates.. […]

  2. Love the name of mardi gras papertowels; but won’t buy them anymore..Will check out the full list to make sure theres nothing else I buy from them. Ugh!

    • Thats why I love you.

      • That sentiment is mutual Jueseppi. Hugs!

      • Hugz, now tell me you went on a date this weekend.

      • Well I am pleased to be able to please you with good news with my answer..Yes, I did sort of go on a date this weeekend..Invited someone to my home for dinner & spent time..The old-fashioned way with dinner/movie/and actual one-on-one face-to-face conversation ..I’ve promised myself to make more time for dating in 2014..Such a long list of things I miss about being in a love-relationship. It IS time

      • There are things about me that will always be oldskool though & close to my roots..My upbringing..To me breaking bread with someone; sharing a meal is special..I don’t do it with everyone and I most definitely don’t invite everyone to my home..The man I choose as my man will realize that about me..Aaaaaanyways Happy MLK , Jr Day Jueseppi! You working today? Or will you get some kick back time?

      • I retired in 2008, so everyday is a kick back day….Dear Bernadette.

        ✿ H░A░P░P░Y ✿
        ░M░L░K░D░A░Y░

      • Ahhh well good for you! Most people I know that are fully retired are my parents age(but I swear my parents & their friends are more active than some folks that are still working full time! ) ; so lucky, lucky YOU..Although I’m pretty lucky/blessed also , cause I truly , truly love my 8 to 5 gig. Flipping topics..What do you think about what the latest with the Martin Luther King, Jr biopic? (the reasons why Oliver Stone said he’s pulling out of it? )

      • You’ll have to hip me up because I have not heard anything on Stone or the biopic of MLK. I do know I don’t watch shit Stone has anything to do with because he is anti-Obama, right down to hating ObamaCARES, so I say fuck him.

      • Well in that case I’m glad Stone isn’t doing the MLK biopic..Jamie Foxx is slated or was(not sure what will happen now that Stone’s pulled out..) to play MLK…Stone claims the ‘respected Black community”(his phrase..) didn’t like the not-so-nice stuff he wrote for the film..He also stated some other stuff I’m not going to even waste keystrokes printing..I am personally glad he is out! Even moreso now that you’ve shared he is anti-Obama & ObamaCare; I wasn’t aware of that

      • MLK had his faults, one being he couldn’t keep his dick out of other women besides his lovely wife. He allowed himself to be recorded by J Edgar Hoover fucking so many women even J Edgar got tired taping his ass. He put the entire Civil Rights movement in danger by his actions, which is why I don’t respect him 1/16th as much as I do Malcolm X.

        That aside, it ain’t for some caucasian to disparage him.

      • Ahhh you’re so full of knowledge and wisdom & as usual spot ON about MLK, Jr..(I might add my Daddy feels the same way you do about Malcolm X vs MLK, Jr..which is why I was so well read on X as a young girl..) Nevertheless, in case you want to know my full opinion on that matter ; this is how I feel..

        Sometimes what a man(or person ..) accomplishes on the whole; far exceeds the transgressions of the man as a man..It took me many moons & a broken heart (from being cheated on ONCE) to feel this way. (Not that I welcome being cheated on ever again..) However, IF we were to discount ALL of the awesome things done for millions based on the phucked up things a man did regarding his personal business? Then we wouldn’t be able to celebrate any holiday based on Presidents; at the least..Clinton nor the American loved President Kennedy dang sure couldn’t keep their dick in their pants either..Naw, MLK. Jr wasn’t a saint..Nor did he set out to fight for civil rights(his predominant stance was for jobs & equal wages..) BUT the momentum he did set forth & lead was without a doubt a major part of the civil rights movement..And for that I’m highly thankful. Exclamation point..I am also glad, with all my heart, he was never my husband though. But that is another topic for another day & time..

        Totally agree @ isn’t for some or any White person to tear him down …Which is why I’m glad Stone is out of the picture. His heart wasn’t in IT nor can he capture the essence of Blackness that biopic deserves. Just my personal opinion.

      • Those views you stated about the man vs the works done by the man is exactly why I respect MLK but will never revere him as I do Malcolm. You are spot on in your comments as usual. Well almost usual. ;-) Hope you had a great MLK Day.

      • I had a remarkable MLK Day; thanks! And hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday over there…So much on my mind..So much I’d like to chat about..So much I”d like to read about..So much on my plate and time is so so tight during my weeks..will read you this evening..Waving!

      • Best to take time to relax and enjoy life, before life is gone. ;-) Waving back.

  3. I tried to watch these and keep getting interrupted so I will keep the URLs for tomorrow. Just the mention of Koch brothers makes my blood run cold. I think what they have done is even worse than the Wall Street disaster. I will definitely watch. Thank you.

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