Donald Trump named a former Koch Industries lobbyist, Thomas Pyle, to the Energy Department to take charge of its transition. Pyle is president of the Institute for Energy Research, an obscure fringe group that coordinated a national assault on renewable power.
One Koch-funded program is advocating cutthroat economics to grade school students, even sacrificing lives for profits. Anti-tax industrialist billionaires like Charles and David Koch stand to gain a lot by financing higher education programs tailored to their ideologies.
Charles Koch said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations. Surprising, given how much he has benefitted from them.
Conservative reformers appreciate the attention; they’re also concerned that the legislation can only pass if they, and not President Barack Obama and civil rights leaders, are the faces of changes.
When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive Supreme Court justice surely wasn’t imagining […]
Americans for Prosperity — one of the largest recipients of donations from the Koch Family Foundation — has been hammering Democratic senators in swing states with millions of dollars in television ads. But last week the group suddenly pulled $100,000 in ads slated to run in Alaska. Why? Democrats from Alaska offered 10 reasons. But […]