How Did Charles And David Koch Support The Conservative Movement

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Conservative and libertarian activists Charles and David Koch are the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, America's second-largest privately owned company with annual revenues of $150 billion. The Koch brothers are the sons of Fred C. Koch, who founded Koch Industries, of which they own 84%. The firm runs oil refineries in Texas, Alaska, and Mexico and owns consumer brands like Brawny Paper towels, Angel Soft, and Dixie cups.
The Kochs are philanthropists and benefactors of the arts. They donated $20 million dollars to the American Museum of Natural History and established the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. However, in recent years they have become best known for supporting libertarian and conservative campaigns and think tanks. They …show more content…

The Kochs have helped to fund the Cato Institute, FreedomWorks, Heritage Foundation, and Americans for Prosperity, which are some of the most active groups in supporting republican politics and anti-ObamaCare agenda. Charles and David Koch founded a group they call “Americans for Prosperity.” What the group actually does is support extreme candidates of the republican party who actively fight against democratic …show more content…

Transforming raw fossil fuels into usable goods: fertilizers, Lycra (spandex), the entrails of smartphones. Koch-owned businesses transport, trade, refine and process fossil fuels, sending them across the world.
Although the Koch brothers intentionally stay private and out-of-sight, they are now playing a discreet but major role in a national policy debate on climate change. The Koch brothers are not acting alone. The corporation is now a partner to ExxonMobil and additional benefactors that support organizations that disapprove of clean energy and global warming policy. From 2005 to 2008, ExxonMobil spent $8.9 million funding these groups while the Koch Industries outspent them, contributed $24.9 million in funding to organizations of the climate denial machine. (Think Progress.)
The Koch brothers represent a symbol of a greater problem of what the power of money in politics can accomplish. Some wealthy and large-scale corporations have the ability to indirectly express control in ways that manipulate and overwhelm the resolve of the people. The Kochs’ influences on major events are becoming more and more evident to society. Thier costly campaign to strike down science reflects what our country is becoming more conscious of-- affluent ideologies in the top 1% can impose substantial influence on our lives, whether through policy or advertising. The Kochs have millions of dollars to influence

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