California donor disclosure case exposes how nonprofits play in politics
By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
At the time, Noble was working as a consultant to Koch Industries, a position he held through 2012. But Koch spokesman Robert Tappan said in a statement that the Kochs “had no involvement whatsoever, financial or otherwise, neither directly nor indirectly, on anything to do with Prop. 30 or Prop. 32.”
Tappan said the Kochs were not aware that Noble had agreed to help Russo move money into California. “Whatever Sean Noble did with regard to those issues did not involve us,” he said.
Koch brothers slam Harry Belafonte’s Ku Klux Klan remark
By Maggie Haberman
A spokesman for the Koch brothers made a rare statement hitting back at criticism of the billionaire industrialists Sunday, taking Bill de Blasio surrogate Harry Belafonte to task for comparing them to the KKK.
The remarks were made at a church service by the 86-year-old actor-entertainer in New York City, on the final Sunday of a mayoral campaign in which Democrat Bill de Blasio is poised to rack up a win with a historic margin.
Ann Ravel Admits Koch Wasn’t Involved in California Issues, Contrary to Her Prior Misstatements
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ANCHOR: Do we know from which individuals this money came from?
ANN RAVEL: Because during the investigation, certain documents were turned over relating to those initial contributions and they were poorly redacted, a lot of people in the press and others have been able to determine who some of those donors were.
ANCHOR: And you believe the Koch brothers, Eli Broad, a billionaire in Los Angeles, those were some of the names who were responsible for the money?
ANN RAVEL: Well, it was not the Koch brothers, it was Eli Broad, and there were some others, the Fishers and other major donors, some of whom are Democratic, some of whom are on the Republican side, but those were people that were identified by looking at that document. The Koch brothers have never been implicated themselves as having been direct donors.
ANCHOR: The Koch brothers, of course, billionaires in the oil industry who have given in the past to conservative Republican causes.
The Koch brothers bogeyman
By Bill Hammond
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Bashing hardest was singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who on Sunday likened Koch and his brother to the Ku Klux Klan — and cited their $100 million gift to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital as evidence of a sinister plot.
“Their money is already sewn into the fabric of our daily system, and they must be stopped,” Belafonte declared.
Before that, a web advertisement from de Blasio’s campaign accused the Kochs of “trying to elect extreme, right-wing ideologues right here in New York City.”
Now that the race is over, it’s clear these claims were a crock.
De Blasio blind to Belafonte’s slandering
By Post Editorial Board
NEW YORK POST
There the Democratic candidate sat in silence as activist Harry Belafonte compared the libertarian businessmen brothers Charles and David Koch to the Ku Klux Klan, branding them “men of evil” and “white supremacists.”
Not only did de Blasio stand by without saying anything about this unjustified slander, when he rose to speak he praised Belafonte as “the voice of wisdom” and “a treasure to our nation.” Only later, when pressed by reporters, would de Blasio offer up the mildest of critiques — and then went on to add his own criticism of the Koch brothers.