An updated view of the Kochs and the Cato Institute

By Laurie Bennett

December 9, 2013 at 10:59am

Last year, after a highly publicized court battle, the Koch brothers and the Cato Institute came to an agreement.

Charles and David Koch would drop their lawsuits against the libertarian think tank, longtime CEO Ed Crane would step down, David Koch would serve as a director, and the Kochs would name three people to the board.

Muckety received some criticism back then for declaring it a Koch win. There was no proof that the Kochs would take control of the organization, objectors said.

So we waited.

Here’s a new Muckety map based on the board members currently listed on the Cato web site.

The map shows Koch connections both direct and indirect. (Dotted lines are former relations; solid lines are current. Roll your mouse over connecting lines to see relationships.)

By our count, a majority of the board is one or two connections away from a Koch-backed group.

Some will undoubtedly complain that we’ve included roundabout links.

But let’s face it, that’s one of the ways the Kochs, who prefer much of their influencing to be done in secret, operate.

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  • #1.   Mark Jansen 04.28.2014

    I can’t thank your staff enough for the meticulous research work you do. It helps us understand the forces of entrenched money that working Americans and Citizens of the Planet face. I will do my best to project your essential Investigative Journalism. I operate twin blogs on Google Blogger and Word Press, Facebook, and Twitter …all same handle greenEnvSciThr (green environmental science teacher). I will get your maps out there better than a tent revival preacher with a new load of “remedy” to sell. They’ll be duly credited, noted and linked as they are “essential for political education” and awareness. Donation to follow.

  • #2.   Laurie Bennett 04.28.2014

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. Please note that Muckety is a for-profit journalism enterprise and does not accept donations.

  • #3.   Mark Jansen 04.04.2016

    Yeah, I meant to say “subscription” …the difference being that it is “not a tax deductible contribution.” And that is why “donations” are not allowed to corrupt your content, (the prime example of which is NPR, which is now under Corporate Control because of political action committee donations.) Keep up great Investigative Journalism!

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