Original Link: http://eslkevin.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/primers-on-the-koch-brothers-from-kansas/
By Kevin Stoda
I was watching the Democracy Now Program (on Thursday Feb. 24) concerning the Unholy Alliance of Koch Brothers and the Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin—and was surprised at the implication from the DN interview that the Koch brothers are from California. Of course, Koch Industries and the Koch family are from Kansas.
Koch Industries has its headquarters in Wichita. By the way, in 2006 Koch Industries was already valued at nearly 100 billion dollars. Because Koch Industries apparently doesn’t pay all its taxes nor declare some of its income, it is not clear how much the firm is worth today. “Charles and David H. Koch each own 42% of Koch Industries, and Charles has stated that the company will publicly offer shares “literally over my dead body”. Finally, I should note that only Cargill corporation is a wealthier privately owned conglomerate in the USA.
In a now-infamous spoof of one of the Koch Brothers, by blogger Ian Murphy who “revealed he had impersonated David Koch in a recorded phone conversation with an unsuspecting Walker” on Wednesday of this week, Ian Murphey [alias David Koch] invites Governor Walker to California saying “Well, I’ll you what, Scott. Once you crush these bastards [the protestors and unions], I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”
California isn’t anywhere near Kansas—therefore–I reckon’ or suggest you’all need to read up more on the Koch Brothers and Kansas sometime.
Here are a few articles or primers for you Koch-neophytes:
“Billionaire Brothers Out to Destroy Progressivism” http://whatsthematterwithkansas.com/2010/08/billionaire-koch-brothers-out-to-destroy-progressivism/
“Hightower: Two Billionaire Brothers [from Kansas] are Remaking America for their Own Benefit” http://www.alternet.org/investigations/146094/hightower:_two_right-wing_billionaire_brothers_are_remaking_america_for_their_own_benefit?page=entire
‘The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political, and Playing to Win”
“The Koch Brothers are Buying Up Kansas” http://www.dirtandseeds.com/the-koch-brothers-are-buying-kansas/
“The Koch Brothers: a statewide and nationwide embarrassment for Kansas and the country”
“Koch Bros. behind Dangerous ‘Oil Sands’ Pipeline” http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/20/947740/-Koch-Bros-behind-dangerous-oil-sands-pipeline-UPDATE:-Action-alert