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Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York in this May 5, 2014 file photo. The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Inside Charles Koch’s Plot To Hijack Universities Across America And Spread His Radical ‘Free-Market’ Propaganda

At Florida State University, the initial memorandum of understanding between the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the school’s economics department gave the foundation control over hiring decisions and the curriculum.

June 28, 2016
Is Koch Industries behind your university or grade school's economics curriculum?

Charles Koch Wants To Be The Next Bernie Sanders? Huh?!

Koch money courses through the veins of conservative politics: consultants, think tanks, academic chairs, advertising agencies, politicians: Everyone knows the Kochs, everyone fears the Kochs, everyone listens to the Kochs.

June 10, 2016
A sign bearing the likeness of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs in an elevator before the candidate addresses the media regarding donations to veterans foundations at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Why Trump’s Success With Vets In Polls Is Misleading

Trump’s particular popularity with veterans is, historically speaking, lower than it should be. Compared to polls of previous GOP presidential candidates in the summer months preceding an election, a Morning Consult survey shows that Trump’s candidacy has split the usual Republican advantage in half.

June 5, 2016
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Feingold Faces Koch Smears In Wisconsin Senate Race

Television ads aired this month by the Koch-funded Freedom Works PAC accuse former senator and current candidate for senate Russ Feingold of knowingly ignoring a memo that spotlighted the overprescription of opioid painkillers and other drugs at the Tomah VA Medical Facility. Of course, Feingold never saw the memo, and its author says the Koch ad is a “lie.”

May 31, 2016
A demonstrator dressed as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump protests outside the Trump Tower building in midtown Manhattan in New York March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Trump Drives Spike Into Culture War Politics

Our friends the Koch brothers routinely give money to socially conservative groups to win over middle- or working-class followers otherwise not served by the family’s economic agenda. The brothers themselves have shrugged at gay marriage, saying they have no problem with it. Perhaps, just perhaps, the working-class whites targeted by culture warriors don’t really care all that much about these issues.

May 5, 2016
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Excerpt: ‘Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right’

While it might be well-known that deep pockets finance the big names in politics, there is little known about the private world they inhabit and how their money is allocated.

February 7, 2016
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Buying A President For 30 Bucks And Change

For today’s report, I have a bunch of statistics for you. Wait — don’t run away!

September 9, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile

‘Fascist’ Trump Isn’t First Demagogue Laughed Off As A Buffoon

Whether Trump may be accurately defined as a “fascist” or not, his political ascent increasingly resembles a “Saturday Night Live” version of the rise of Hitler or Mussolini. Both dictators were mocked as buffoons in their day, but when they suddenly came to power, the joke was no longer quite so funny.

August 25, 2015
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At Koch Group Summit, A Restrained Enthusiasm For Trump

At an annual Americans for Prosperity summit, a handful of the 17 Republican presidential candidates made appearances. Donald Trump was not invited.

August 22, 2015
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5 Reasons The GOP Is In Worse Shape Now Than It Was In 2012

The Republican Party, after eight years of plotting Obama’s demise, is in far worse shape than it was the last time it lost the presidency. Here’s why.

August 17, 2015
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Powerful Message From An Imperfect Messenger

Charles Koch said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. Surprising, given how much he has benefitted from them.

August 14, 2015
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The New Holy Grail Of Republican Primaries

The penumbras and emanations of Citizens United are changing the Republican campaign game.

July 30, 2015
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The Great Humbug Of Donald Trump

Trump’s campaign is a big sideshow — and it’s distracting voters and reporters from the real story.

July 24, 2015
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Join The Spreading Rebellion Against Big Money’s Political Game

Today’s whole political game, run by an absurdist’s nightmare of moneyed elites, is ridiculous.

July 22, 2015
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The Venality Of The 2016 Presidential Election

It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 15, 2015
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Jeb! Bush’s 5 Worst Ideas — So Far

Jeb’s announcement — in which he promised to go after “pampered elites” — may go down as one of the least self-aware acts of rhetoric since the last time Mitt Romney spoke.

June 22, 2015
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The Cleaned-Up Donald Trump Vs. The Real Donald Trump

There’s no fun if you don’t go off-script.

June 18, 2015
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Scott Walker: Uncle Scrooge’s Lackey In Wisconsin

Scott Walker continues to pass laws vanquishing unions in Wisconsin, and Democrats underestimate him at their own peril.

June 17, 2015
Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida

An Epidemic Of CNE Syndrome Strikes Our State Governments

A narrow segment of our population have become pathologically resistant to even the mention of “climate change” — Republican political officials and candidates.

May 6, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

‘Clinton Cash’: Will The Clinton ‘Machine’ Try To Kill Its Author?

Today, Richard Mellon Scaife’s role is played by the secretive financiers of Clinton-bashing author Peter Schweizer — namely, the Koch brothers and their network.

May 5, 2015
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‘Clinton Cash’: Yet Another Charles And David Koch Production

The more closely we look at Peter Schweizer the more he appears to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers

April 21, 2015
Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Conservative Group Behind Scott Walker’s Political Rise

While the Bradley Foundation has a lower profile than the Kochs, its aims are similar.

March 31, 2015
Vote Here Today

Winning Against The Oligarchs

Americans can and must fight back against voter suppression, campaign finance loopholes, and other tricks from the 1 percent.

March 28, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015
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The Sun Is Rising On Solar Panels, And There’s No Fighting It

Why the Koch brothers and an army of coal and oil lobbyists are doomed to lose their war against clean energy.

March 24, 2015
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