The recent Wisconsin election highlighted yet another node in the Koch brothers’ influence network.
Among the biggest contributors to Gov. Scott Walker’s successful effort to defeat a recall were Sarah Humphreys Atkins and her brother, David Humphreys. Together, they gave $510,000 to the Walker campaign.
Their mother is Ethelmae Humphreys, chair of Tamko Building Products. David Humphreys serves as president and CEO of the Joplin, MO, company.
While their donations in Wisconsin were unusually high, political contributions are nothing new for the Humphreys. At the national level, family members have contributed more than $740,000 over the last decade.
As matriarch, Ethelmae Humphreys heads two family grantmakers - the J.P. Humphreys Foundation and the E.L. Craig Foundation, which support many of the conservative organizations receiving Koch money.
Mutual beneficiaries of the Koch and Humphreys clans include Mercatus Center, Americans for Prosperity, Acton Institute and the Cato Institute.
Ethelmae Humphreys is a director of Cato, which, until recent years, was a recipient of Koch largesse. (It’s now the target of two Koch lawsuits.)
Her son is a director of the Institute for Humane Studies, a libertarian organization chaired by Charles G. Koch. Richard Fink, Koch’s right-hand man, is also a member of the institute board.