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Charles Koch sounds off

By Laurie Bennett

March 1, 2011 at 9:36am

Charles Koch, roundly criticized in recent weeks by union leaders, Wisconsin demonstrators and liberal bloggers, took the unusual step today of speaking publicly.

“For many years, I, my family and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes working to solve these problems,” Koch wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “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 seriously.”

As we noted last week, Koch, his brother David Koch, and their company, Koch Industries, have several connections to the faceoff in Wisconsin.

The company contributed to Walker’s campaign. David Koch funds an organization, Americans for Prosperity, that launched an ad campaign in support of Walker’s stand against public unions.

In his op-ed piece, Charles Koch reiterated his family’s commitment to lower government spending.

“I am confident that businesses like ours will hire more people and invest in more equipment when our country’s financial future looks more promising,” he wrote. “Laying the groundwork for smaller, smarter government, especially at the federal level, is going to be tough. But it is essential for getting us back on the path to long-term prosperity.”

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