Oh dear, Koch Industries, who have been fined over $200,000,000.00 in fines for poisoning Americans in six states never has found their missing cancer-causing benzene. It has been eleven years and it is still missing. Check your lungs, check your organ. See if you can find the missing deadly poison.
They nearly went to prison for this, but hurried up and gave almost $1,000,000 in campaign donations to George W. Bush, who was appointed president by the Supremes that year. Incoming Attorney General Ashcroft made it a high priority to drop 96 of the charges and reduce the last to poor book keepers. They lost it somewhere in their ledgers, they say. Still, paying $20,000,000.00 fine instead of $340,000,000.00 fine that the Kochs were facing, plus life in prison, was considered a good deal for the Kochs and Bush was president by a hair that might have been due to having an extra megabuck to throw around.
Sep 28, 2000 – WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal grand jury in Corpus Christi, Tex., today returned a 97-count indictment against Koch Industries Inc., Koch ...
Based on an analysis of FEC filings and IRS disclosure, Kenneth P Vogel of Politico reported this morning, “POLITICO’s analysis of disclosures filed with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission found that the large groups spend big bucks on salaries, like the $500,000 that FreedomWorks paid its chairman, Dick Armey, endorsements from radio hosts like Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, and speaking fees to movement heroes like Sarah Palin and Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, not to mention millions more on consultants and ad buys.”
Explaining how the groups like Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works fund the Tea Party, Vogel detailed, “All the groups say they provide training, yard signs or help planning rallies and booking speakers. The Express has held dozens of rallies around the country and in April reported paying a $750 honorarium to Wurzelbacher, while Americans for Prosperity in 2010 spent $1.9 million on event planning, and $253,000 on honoraria including a $128,000 payment to the speakers’ bureau that represents Palin, with whom AFP had contracted to speak at its Defending the American Dream Summit in Clarkston, Mich., in May 2010.”
AFP also paid Palin to go to Wisconsin to tell the Fox brethern how bad unions were. Clearly we can see how well her employers treat people. Why would anyone need a union? Then there’s Glenn Beck, paid by Freedom Works. The Kochs denied having anything “specific” to do with Freedom Works, but Karoli at Crooks and Liars traced Koch brothers money into the origins of Freedom Works.
Apparently the notion that Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh et al are corporate whores is more accurate than many know. They are up for sale. For the right price, they will endorse an ideology on the air without disclosing their financial relationship to the “ideology”.
The unholy alliance between the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and conservative “personalities” is funded in part by the shady secret sales of petrochemical equipment to Iran. These are the same Right wing personalities who make a lot of money selling “small government”, hatred of Muslims, a disturbingly devoid of patriotism version of nationalism, and unfettered markets.
The Kochs are not good people, but we knew that when we realized the Koch brothers inherited not just an oil company from their father, but also his affinity for the John Birch society. Utilizing a corporate culture of lawlessness in order to achieve unfathomable wealth, the Koch Brothers have been pushing for an even smaller government; ie, less regulations for them to have to lie, cheat, and steal their way around. ...