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Dark Money: Koch Bros edition

just finished listening to this interview on Fresh Air....

First off....what a fucked up family.

Second thing.... While listening to this I couldn't help but think of the story of LRon and his creation/rise of Scientology. Definite cult-ish shit happening.


'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

In January 2015, at a private conference in Palm Springs, Calif., the political network led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch announced plans to spend $889 million in the 2016 elections. The organization consists almost entirely of groups that don't register under the campaign finance laws and therefore don't publicly identify their donors.

Journalist Jane Mayer traces the growing influence of the Koch brothers and other wealthy conservative donors in her new book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. According to Mayer, the Kochs and other conservatives have created philanthropic entities that enable them to aggressively pursue a libertarian agenda of lower taxes, deregulation of business and the denial of climate change.

Because they are considered charities, the philanthropic groups "don't need to disclose the names of their donors," Mayer tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "These are the groups that are called 'dark money groups,' and they thus become kind of secret banks that affect American politics in a huge way without most people understanding who is behind them."

Finally, I would love to see Olive Stone make a JFK-esque movie about this family.


In the "Republican" thread, I mentioned details about Nazism divulged in the book.  Frank Koch (the father) helped build an oil refinery for Germany that was used during World War II, and he had dealings with Stalin's Russia.  And there was the super weird story of Fred hiring a Nazi to toilet train Charles.  The Kochs sent a letter to their employees admitting that the Nazi allegations where, in fact, true (but nothing was said about potty training).

Jane Mayer wrote the book, and here's an unsettling look-see into what the Kochs did after her first investigative piece about them:

With this book out there now, she better be careful.


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