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10 Shocking Facts on the Kochs

1. Koch Industries, which the brothers own, is one of the top ten polluters in the United States — which perhaps explains why the Kochs have given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.

2. The Kochs are the oil and gas industry’s biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL oil pipeline. They and their employees gave more than $300,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 alone.

3. From 1998-2008, Koch-controlled foundations gave more than $196 million to organizations that favor polices that would financially enrich the two brothers. In addition, Koch Industries spent $50 million on lobbying and some $8 million in PAC contributions.

4. The Koch fortune has its origins in engineering contracts with Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

5. The Kochs are suing to take over the Cato Institute, which has accused the Kochs of attempting to destroy the group’s identity as an independent, libertarian think and align it more closely with a partisan agenda.

6. A Huffington Post source who was at a three-day retreat of conservative billionaires said the Koch brothers pledged to donate $60 million to defeat President Obama in 2012 and produce pledges of $40 million more from others at the retreat.

7. Since 2000, the Kochs have collected almost $100 million in government contracts, mostly from the Department of Defense.

8. Koch Industries has an annual production capacity of 2.2 billion pounds of the carcinogen formaldehyde. The company has worked to keep it from being classified as a carcinogen even though David Koch is a prostate cancer survivor.

9. The Koch brothers’ combined fortune of roughly $50 billion is exceeded only by that of Bill Gates in the United States.

10. The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs accused Koch Oil of scheming to steal $31 million of crude oil from Native Americans. Although the company claimed it was accidental, a former executive in this operation said Charles Koch had known about it and had responded to the overages by saying, “I want my fair share, and that’s all of it.”

Source:  http://www.kochbrothersexposed.com/about

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Note: Here is a full list of all universities as of August 2011 to which the Kochs donate — some of which accept strings attached to hiring decisions:

University Programs Supported by
the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
August 2011
*Funding for Kansas schools is provided by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.
Alma College
American University
Andrew College
Arkansas Tech University
Ashland University
Athens State University
Azusa Pacific University
Ball State University
Barton College
Baylor University
Beloit College
Berry College
Bethel College – Indiana
Boise State University
Brown University
Buena Vista University
California State University – East Bay
Campbell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carthage College
Chapman University
Charleston Southern University
Christendom College
Christopher Newport University
City University of New York
Claremont McKenna College
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Charleston
College of New Jersey
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Dartmouth College
Delaware State University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Fayetteville State University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University
Friends University*
George Fox University
George Mason University
George Washington University
Georgia College and State University
Georgia State University
Georgia Tech University
Grove City College
Hamilton College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hanover College
Henderson State University
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Jacksonville State University
James Madison University
Kansas State University*
La Sierra University
Lake Forest College
Lakeland College
Lindenwood University
Linfield College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University – Chicago
Loyola University – New Orleans
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
McKendree University
Mercer University
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Michigan State University
Midwestern State University
Milligan College
Montana State University – Bozeman
Montclair State University
Morehead State University
National University
Nicholls State University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern State University
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Northwestern University
Northwood University – Florida
Northwood University – Michigan
Northwood University – Texas
Oglethorpe University
Ohio University
Patrick Henry College
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University – Erie
Pepperdine University
Presbyterian College
Providence College
Randolph-Macon College
Regent University
Rhodes College
Robert Morris University
Rockford College
Saginaw Valley State University
Salisbury University
San Jose State University
Sarah Lawrence College
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Southern Methodist University
St. Ambrose University
St. Cloud State University
St. Edwards University
St. John Fisher College
St. John’s University
St. Lawrence University
St. Vincent College
State University of New York – Binghamton
State University of New York – Buffalo
State University of New York – Plattsburgh
Stephen F. Austin State University
Stillman College
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University – San Marcos
The King’s College
Trinity College
Troy University
University of Akron
University of Alabama
University of Alabama – Birmingham
University of Alabama – Huntsville
University of Alaska – Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas – Little Rock
University of California – Davis
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – Riverside
University of Central Arkansas
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of Illinois – Springfield
University of Kansas*
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Maine – Machias
University of Memphis
University of Michigan
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Nebraska – Omaha
University of Nevada – Reno
University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Alabama
University of South Florida
University of Texas – Arlington
University of Texas – Austin
University of Texas – El Paso
University of Texas – Pan American
University of Texas – San Antonio
University of Tulsa
University of Virginia
University of Virginia – College at Wise
University of Washington
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Utah State University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan College
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Wheaton College
Whitman College
Winston-Salem State University
Yeshiva University

Source:  https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/bravenew/pages/554/attachments/original/1338417456/Koch_Family_Foundations-ListofFundedProgramsAugust2011.pdf?1338417456

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Note:  Money talks!  The Koch Brothers have billions of dollars invested in various industries, mainly dirty fossil fuels, so what better way to knock some greed out of those dirty bastards than to divest in green, renewable energy that makes sense and cents!  John E Loeffler- Fountain City, Wisconsin