The Koch brothers’ impact on Americans’ daily lives is immeasurable.
As Jane Mayer notes in the current New Yorker, Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the U.S., produces “Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products.”
David H. Koch is a major philanthropist, giving millions to the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
He and brother Charles are also major patrons of libertarian politics, pouring more than $100 million into seemingly independent think tanks and political-action groups. The New Yorker goes so far as to say they are “waging a war against Obama.”
Mayer details the activities of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which has trained Tea Party activists and taken a stance against corporate power. David Koch, who represents corporate power like few other Americans, founded and chairs the organization.
Despite foundation denials and Koch’s statement that he has never attended a Tea Party event, Mayer says Americans for Prosperity has worked closely with the Tea Party from the beginning.
The Koch brothers, she writes, have turned their private agenda, which corresponds to their business agenda, into a mass movement.
Carol Eisenberg wrote about Charles Koch for Muckety in 2008.