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What’s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a Center for Public Integrity examination of lobbying disclosure files and federal regulatory records reveals a lobbying steamroller for the company’s interests, at times in conflict with its public pose.
The money that Koch (pronounced “coke”) has spent on lobbying in Washington has soared in recent years, from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in 2008. The Kochs then spent another $20.5 million over the next two years to influence federal policy, as the company’s lobbyists and officials sought to mold, gut or kill more than 100 prospective bills or regulations.
Oil is the core of the Koch business empire, and the company’s lobbyists and officials have successfully fought to preserve the industry’s tax breaks and credits, and to defeat attempts by Congress to regulate greenhouse gases.
Koch’s lobbyists are known on Capitol Hill for maintaining a low profile. The firm had 30 registered lobbyists in 2010, many of whom are Washington insiders with previous experience as congressional staffers or federal agency employees.
Koch Industries has launched a website and is buying advertisements on Google and Facebook to counter news stories critical of the politically-active company.
Charles and David Koch, owners of Koch Industries, were principle financiers of Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker and the tea party movement.
In response to a story by the Center for Public Integrity that outlined Koch’s multimillion-dollar lobbying network in Washington, Koch Industries has started an ad campaign targeting the nonprofit organization.
The Center for Public Integrity has a screen shot of the Google ad, which says "Slanted Reporting on Koch: Bias, hidden agenda at the Center for Public Integrity" after a search for the words "Center for Public Integrity" and "Koch." A similar ad is also apparently on Facebook.
Originally posted by KoolerKing
reply to post by itscocobaby
Good post. Thanks for the info.
This by Paul B. Farrell
Lobbyists now run America, own America, rule America. Forget the 537 politicians you thought we elected to the White House, Senate and Congress to run America for us. No, they're mere puppets, pawns for the "Happy Conspiracy," an oligopoly, plutocracy, cabal, monopoly all-in-one -- a private club of America's richest few on Wall Street, in Washington and in Corporate America.
Originally posted by itscocobaby
And we wonder why no one hears us? why the American people who pay the bills are mad as hell? Politicians don't care about us..they are being paid by BIG business..they blow ya they all blow..bunch of big fat liars and con artists. I enjoyed your post coco
Originally posted by Rockdisjoint
They should be in prison for what they are doing, and that goes for Moynihan, Prince, Stevens, Soros, Blankfein, ect. Throw them all in prison and call it a day.
Originally posted by ViperChili
Interestingly enough, George Soros has made exceptionally large donations to the Center for Public Integrity.
I am sure that didn't play a part in their investigation into the Koch brothers.
(Full disclosure: The Center for Public Integrity has received funding from Soros' Open Society Institute.)
The Center has been criticized for accepting large funds from George Soros, a politically active billionaire and critic of the Bush administration. The Web site of one of Soros' organizations, the Open Society Institute, discloses four grants to the Center, all made before his entry into the 2004 presidential contest.
They are: A $72,400 one-year grant in 2000 supporting "an investigative journalism series on prosecutorial misconduct."
A $75,000 one-year grant in 2001 supporting "an examination of wrongful convictions resulting from prosecutorial misconduct."
A $100,000 one-year grant in 2002 "to investigate the political spending of the telecommunications industry on the federal, state and local levels." A $1 million three-year grant in 2002 "to support the Global Access Project."
Originally posted by ViperChili
reply to post by boondock-saint
Is it a coincidence Soros also funds other groups who contributed to the C.P.I, such as the Sunlight Foundation?
... or just because it's corrupt politics?
Definition of CORRUPTION 1 a : impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : depravity b : decay, decomposition c : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) d : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct 2 archaic : an agency or influence that corrupts
In his State of the Union on Wednesday, Obama once again targeted K Street: “We face a deficit of trust — deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve.”
A handful of lobbyists told The Hill on Thursday morning that they received the invitations and were planning to call in.