TP’s Lee Fang Discusses The ‘Kochtopus’ Network On Countdown

For the past two years, ThinkProgress researcher Lee Fang has been digging into the nefarious activities of the Koch family, reporting on their funding of the tea parties, the depth of their astroturfing, and their family’s record of right-wing radicalism.

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Janet Ritz
Publisher, editor, the-environmentalist.org
Posted: August 23, 2010 05:06 PM
Koch Brothers Called Out for Waging War Against Obama

Jane Mayer, reporting on The New Yorker magazine, has written a comprehensive article entitled: “Covert Operations, The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama”. In it, Mayer gives an exhaustive report on the Koch brothers’ funding of extreme right-win opposition to the current administration.

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry–especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies–from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program–that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.

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