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Document exposes Papa John’s and other companies as secret Koch brother allies

The Koch brothers are well-known for their right-wing activism, but less has been known about the wealthy conservatives who fund their vast political operations. But a document left behind last week at the first donor gathering of 2014 at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort in Palm Springs, California, and handed over…

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…

Koch Industries to buy electronic manufacturer Molex

Koch Industries, the sprawling US global industrial conglomerate, announced Monday it was buying Molex, a manufacturer of electrical and electronic components, for $7.2 billion. Owned by the billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles, known for their ultra-conservative political activism, Koch Industries, one of the largest US private companies, said it…

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…

Romney campaign: Tea party movement fueled by Koch brothers

The Koch brothers are the “financial engine of the Tea Party” despite denying they are “directly involved” in the movement, according to a Mitt Romney campaign memo. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, have long championed libertarian and free-market policies. They have been heavily involved…

Maddow responds to criticism from Koch Industries

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night responded to Koch Industries after the energy giant criticized her blog on its public relations website KochFacts.com. Last week, writer Laura Conaway mocked Koch Industries for its job posting. The posting said: “For those concerned about jobs, Koch has some good news: it’s…

Film exposes cancer epidemic downstream from Koch Industries plant

Residents of a small Arkansas community say that the toxic pollutants being dumped for years by a Koch Industries plant is killing them. Only 15 families reside around Penn Road and already 11 people have died of cancer. Even more are sick. In a new documentary by Brave New Foundation,…

GOP mega-donor Koch brothers’ company tied to global criminal misdeeds

By Zeke Miller A just-published bombshell article in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine implicates Koch Industries, the company controlled by Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch, in dozens of criminal acts around the globe over the past three decades. According the report, company officials have been caught paying bribes to win contracts, trading with Iran…

Flash game lets players gun down Palin, Bachmann, Fox News hosts

In a new free-to-play online game that’s sure to worry as many on the left as on the right, players are sent on a mission to kill “tea party zombies,” Fox News anchors, Republican politicians, lobbyists and even activists, using weapons like machine guns, shotguns, crowbars and machetes. Though entirely…

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