Mapping the Koch connections in Wisconsin

By Laurie Bennett

February 23, 2011 at 8:58am

Traffic on a Muckety map published in August, examining the Koch brothers’ extensive involvement in libertarian politics, has spiked this week because of the demonstrations in Wisconsin.

As The New York Times writes, Koch money is finding its way to Madison.

Tim Phillips, head of the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, spoke to counterprotesters on Saturday. Now the group is launching an ad campaign in support of Gov. Scott Walker, who wants to eliminate union benefits and bargaining rights.

The Cato Institute, backed by the Koch brothers, has spoken out against public employee unions and collective bargaining.

Koch Industries was also a backer of Walker’s campaign last year.

So, for those who would like to boycott Koch consumer products, and for those who want to buy those products to show their support, we have expanded our earlier map.

The map above shows consumer goods on the left. Georgia-Pacific, acquired by Koch Industries for $21 billion in 2005, makes a range of paper goods that can be found on many household shelves. Its products include Quilted Northern toilet paper, Brawny paper towels and Dixie cups.

Koch Industries also manufactures building products and packaging for other businesses.

Koch has denied having a stake in the Wisconsin fight. A company spokesman emailed Ben Smith at Politico to say: “”Any suggestion that Koch Industries has some financial interest in the outcome of the legislation at issue in Wisconsin is false.”

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  • #1.   josh 03.01.2011

    Pretty weak as far as connections go.

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