Inside the Koch Brothers' Empire

Together, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money
 The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today’s GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year’s midterms. So far in this cycle, Koch-backed entities have bought 44,000 political ads to boost Republican efforts to take back the Senate.
What is less clear is where all that money comes from. Koch Industries is headquartered in a squat, smoked-glass building that rises above the prairie on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas. The building, like the brothers’ fiercely private firm, is literally and figuratively a black box. Koch touts only one top-line financial figure: $115 billion in annual revenue, as estimated by Forbes. By that metric, it is larger than IBM, Honda or Hewlett-Packard and is America’s second-largest private company after agribusiness colossus Cargill. The company’s stock response to inquiries from reporters: “We are privately held and don’t disclose this information.”
But Koch Industries is not entirely opaque. The company’s troubled legal history – including a trail of congressional investigations, Department of Justice consent decrees, civil lawsuits and felony convictions – augmented by internal company documents, leaked State Department cables, Freedom of Information disclosures and company whistle­-blowers, combine to cast an unwelcome spotlight on the toxic empire whose profits finance the modern GOP.
Under the nearly five-decade reign of CEO Charles Koch, the company has paid out record civil and criminal environmental penalties. And in 1999, a jury handed down to Koch’s pipeline company what was then the largest wrongful-death judgment of its type in U.S. history, resulting from the explosion of a defective pipeline that incinerated a pair of Texas teenagers.
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4 thoughts on “Inside the Koch Brothers' Empire

  1. How biase based and disrespectful Latino news is for publishing an article like this without searching if it is even true. Here is the problems not just are the numbers grossly incorrect. Five minutes of research would have given you that information. Not to mention the thousands yes thousands of Latinos who’s good paying jobs are dependent on the these two great americans. You also in an attempt to misinform your reader never mention how the democratic billionaires continue to donate to Democratic candidates. In order to continue the job of keeping hispanics poor in order to control thier vote. Why does Latino news not do a real story. Like how Hispanics continue to suffer in cities controlled by the democratic party for over 30 years.

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  3. Mr Castro, Its sad at the dumbing of America, it really is. I am going to guess your not very educated, also chances are the Koch brothers are affecting your family in a negative way, whether by the pollution a million other ways.
    I would even bet your intelligence level is so low that you or your family one of these people who NEED everything the Koch brothers are tearing down for example social security, health aid, and some form of fairness in government. You know you have the truth, the truth is the truth and it really is sad to see people refuse to look at it.
    Their are so many places I can point you to to see how the tea party will screw you, remember this isn’t the original tea party. this is a bought and paid for tea party, which 90% of there members refuse to look at the fact the people they support are the ones that are going to screw them, they just fill people with hate, so they refuse to listen to reason, I can see now why the higher educated you are, the more you vote against the tea party, The Democrats win easily if people have a degree, the vote is 2 to 1 if they have a Masters degree in favor of the democrats, and 3 to 1 if they have a Doctorate degree.
    The really sad thing is for years now, the extreme right, never tells you what and how they will do something for the people, all they do is bash the Democrats. I guess it is true they find unhappy and not so bright people and just keep telling them the democrats are why your so unhappy, and because they are so dumb and unhappy they believe it. . here are a few things to look at. and to name just a couple out of a million. They are trying to turn this into a 3rd world country where the rich are the leaders

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