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Koch’s tangled political network uses obscure LLCs to hide from the public

Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare groups and trade associations — nonprofits that can spend money to influence elections but don’t have to name their donors. The Kochs and their allies have built up a complex network…

‘Morning Joe’ freaks out over Democratic claims that GOP is ‘addicted to Koch’

Democrats have targeted Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists who help bankroll conservative politics, in advance of the congressional midterm elections. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee launched a digital campaign Thursday that echoes remarks made two days earlier by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who claimed “the GOP…

Rachel Maddow fends off Koch brothers’ complaints with new proof of their meddling

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reaffirmed her promise to keep reporting on the financial and political activities of groups connected to conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch while revealing new information backing up her story about a Koch-affiliated group that has been pitching Florida’s drug test law for welfare recipients around…

Man must repay $183,000 to Kochs after joining ‘Anonymous’ protest for one minute

A Wisconsin man who joined an Anonymous online protest for one minute has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to repay $183,000 to Koch Industries. Eric Rosol admitted to federal prosecutors that he took part in a distributed denial-of-service attack Feb. 28, 2011, coordinated by the hacker…

Obamacare fight gets too hot for Kochs: We’re not backing GOP’s shutdown tactics

As the government shutdown moved into the ninth day on Wednesday, even conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch appeared to be abandoning Republican lawmakers who were trying to use the tactic to derail the president’s health care law. NBC’s Michael Isikoff reported that Koch Industries, which is privately owned…

Conservative Koch brothers pass on buying Tribune Co. newspapers

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — known for bankrolling conservative causes — won’t be buying the newspapers up for sale by Tribune Co. A spokeswoman for Koch industries said Friday the group would not be bidding for the newspapers which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, confirming…

Storm brews over potential Koch brothers control of Tribune newspaper chain

With a sale likely of a prominent group of US newspapers, the interest of a potential buyer tied to right-wing causes has galvanized opponents fearing the dailies could become political tools. The Tribune Co. dailies, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and five others could be sold…

Koch brothers consider purchasing several major newspapers

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — famous for bankrolling small-government causes — are weighing a bid to buy several top US newspapers, the New York Times reported Sunday. Koch Industries, a company owned by the brothers, is mulling the purchase of several regional newspapers owned by the struggling Tribune…

Koch brothers suing Cato Institute

According to a post at The Washington Post‘s ThinkTanked blog, billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are suing the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that was founded as the Charles Koch Institute in 1974. The Post reports that it has obtained court papers centered on “the handling of the…

Wisconsin Democrats tell David Koch: Get out and take Gov. Walker too

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin blasted oil billionaire David Koch on Monday for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker in his fight against public unions. “I think I speak for most Wisconsinites when I say to David Koch, ‘Get out of Wisconsin and take Scott Walker’s dangerous agenda with you,’” Democratic…

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