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Stories in the category Kochs

The Koch family tree

By Laurie Bennett

January 12, 2016 at 10:28am

The father of the billionaires Charles and David Koch helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany, according to a book coming out this month.

Bitcoins, think tanks and the Koch brothers

By Laurie Bennett

December 11, 2013 at 9:12am

As if there isn’t enough dark money in the think tank funding stream, at least one organization is now accepting bitcoin.

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.

The Koch offensive on Obamacare

By Laurie Bennett

October 10, 2013 at 10:38am

Koch brothers’ efforts to block Obamacare are roundabout, but clearly visible in our Muckety map.

The many funding paths of Freedom Partners

By Laurie Bennett

September 14, 2013 at 8:23am

Politico published a jolting story this week about the political spending of a relatively unknown group called Freedom Partners.

Kochs won’t buy Tribune papers

By Muckety

August 23, 2013 at 5:30am

The Koch brothers have decided not to pursue acquisition of Tribune Company newspapers.

Charles Koch funds new ad campaign

By Muckety

July 11, 2013 at 9:46am

Businessman Charles Koch is launching a $200,000 advertising campaign in his hometown of Wichita, KS, praising economic freedom and criticizing government interference.

Kochs weigh purchase of Tribune newspapers

By Laurie Bennett

April 21, 2013 at 9:09am

The libertarian Koch brothers, seeking new ways to broaden their already significant influence on American politics, are considering an acquisition of eight newspapers from the Tribune Company, the New York Times reports.

William Koch wins battle in his crusade against fake wines

By Laurie Bennett

April 13, 2013 at 6:14am

While his brothers have drawn more attention for their behind-the-scenes involvement in conservative politics, William Koch has been waging a campaign of his own.

Kochs seek better bang for their bucks

By Laurie Bennett

February 20, 2013 at 6:57am

Looking for a higher return on their political investments, the Koch brothers are making some personnel changes.

Replacing thought with ideology, one think tank at a time

By Laurie Bennett

December 9, 2012 at 9:50am

At first glimpse, Jim DeMint’s appointment to head the Heritage Foundation is “the scholarly equivalent of appointing Michael Moore to head the Brookings Institution,” Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post.

Kochs say they have no ties to FreedomWorks

By Laurie Bennett

December 6, 2012 at 10:36am

Now that former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, will there be a power shift?

Koch money flow

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2012 at 4:08pm

The many ways that the Koch brothers make and spend money are a source of fascination for both the left and the right.

GOP leaders sign Americans for Prosperity pledge

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2012 at 1:32pm

There is much discussion these days about a Republican pivot.

Many links between Cato and Mercatus

By Laurie Bennett

November 12, 2012 at 9:59am

Think tanks have social networks, too.

Politics, carcinogens and new business opportunities

By Laurie Bennett

November 11, 2012 at 11:31am

Johns Manville Corporation is currently airing a TV ad that indirectly challenges the constant complaint from the right that regulation smothers business.

So many bucks, so little bang

By Laurie Bennett

November 7, 2012 at 8:41am

One of the big losers Tuesday night was the billionaire-financed political campaign.

Muckety this: Anna Nicole Smith and the Koch brothers

By Muckety

November 1, 2012 at 8:11am

Not for any reasons nefarious, but only because it’s such an unlikely connection, we give you a Muckety map linking the Koch brothers with Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith and nonagenarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Free markets and undercover politics

By Laurie Bennett

October 14, 2012 at 8:36am

As libertarians, Charles and David Koch declare that a free marketplace is a safe marketplace.

The mighty formaldehyde lobby

By Laurie Bennett

October 7, 2012 at 7:09am

“You can say this for our political system,” Nicholas Kristof writes in the New York Times. “Even carcinogens have an advocate in Washington!”



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