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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Kochtopus: Even More Tentacles Than You Ever Imagined

The Koch Brothers — whose father was a founder and financier of the John Birch Society — are already well-known for funding every rightwing cause you’ve ever heard of, and some that you haven’t.  But it’s worse than you thought.

Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are two huge money-laundering organizations which enable gutless “donors” to make huge contributions to rightwing causes while still hiding under a rock.

The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity is a Far Right think tank whose secret financing comes largely from the two above-mentioned money-launderers.  And a lot — not all — of this laundered money is from the Koch Brothers.

One of the top priorities of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity is to manufacture a “groundswell” of public opposition to renewable energy development.  Wouldn’t want to jeopardize the fossil fuel industry’s profits now, would we.

Wind and solar energy, emissions reductions and — worst of all — coastal communities taking future sea-level rises into consideration when they plan future developments:  all of these atrocities have to be nipped in the bud.  Time to round up some more useful idiots and start orchestrating a few more of those spontaneous demonstrations.

And that’s not all.  When I lived in California, every time there was a conflict between a huge development project and the environment, some shadowy anonymous group called the Pacific Legal Foundation would provide a lawyer — pro bono — for the developer.  Sort of like giving Goliath a slingshot.

And now it turns out the Pacific Legal Foundation is funded by the Koch Brothers.

It figures.

Source Watch provides a list of just some of the Kochtopus’ tentacles.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


February 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

The Kochs are indeed a menace to progress. Like one of those other curiosities, Fox News is always anti-environment. Wonder if has anything to do with the fact that Murdoc's group is 25% owned by a Saudi prince?

February 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the secrecy? According to "Citizens United" they can screw us in the open. These guys are like two right wing George Soros


February 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Yes, the Koch Brothers donate to worthy causes and Mussolini got the trains running on time.

Mr. C: I didn't know that about Murdoch, that his group is 25% owned by a Saudi prince. But it's not a bit surprising.

Erik: I don't know why these secret donors -- and the groups they donate to -- are so afraid of being identified. But the harder they fight against any sort of disclosure, the more obvious they're making it that they have something to hide.

February 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

I wish some prominent Democrat, maybe Howard Dean, would publicly challenge the Koch brothers to go legitimate and run for office. Challenge them to get out in front of crowds of voters and say what they want and intend to do for (to) those voters as legislators or whatever. I think the Kochs are basically cowards who couldn't stand up to media and public criticism and questioning, much less the slings and arrows of a political opponent's campaign. Too much like getting their oversized egos dirty mixing it up with the riff raff.

"Sort of like giving Goliath a slingshot."

That had me LOL.

February 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I too wish a high profile Democrat would smoke out the Koch Brothers, bring them into the limelight and make them squirm in public. And/or I'd like to see one of those computer Hacktivist groups hack into the sites of those money-laundering organizations and publish the names of their secret donors.

February 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

Now, there's quite an idea. Heh.

February 19, 2013 at 8:58 PM  

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