Original Link: http://blog.iaff.org/post/2012/05/07/The-Koch-Brothers-Exposed.aspx
By Jane Blume
shenanigans of the Koch
Brothers continue to be scrutinized as Democrats and Republicans battle
their way to the general election.
The billionaire brothers are
the subject of a documentary that shows how money and power can influence
and corrupt democracy.
Charles and David Koch run the Kansas-based Koch Industries with subsidiaries
based in manufacturing, trade and investments. Revenues for Koch Industries
reach nearly $100 billion a year.
It is the second-largest private company in America.
Here’s why everyone should be concerned about what the Koch Brothers are doing politically.
pushes an ideology that best suits their economic interests, helping the 1
percent of Americans stay rich.
The Koch Brothers have used their wealth to push Citizens United, a case that
the Supreme Court ruled that allows donors to write an unlimited amount of
checks to Super PACs without the pre-text of hiding behind policy-based
It has been reported that two Supreme Court justices attended one of the
secretive retreats organized by the Koch Brothers before that ruling.
In addition, the Koch Brothers are supporters of the radioactive American
Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC has been under fire for pushing
controversial legislation like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law and legislation
that restricts collective bargaining and project labor agreements. In addition,
they’ve supported policies that hurt living wages and other labor standards.
The Koch Brothers are
major backers of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is facing a recall
election June 5. Walker
has reportedly received at least $1.3 million in recall campaign
contributions from donors who attended secret fundraisers organized by the
Let’s not let the Koch Brothers continue to hurt the middle class. Don’t let
the Koch Brothers can’t buy America.