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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Letter in opposition to H.R. 5771

December 3, 2014

Dear Member of Congress:

On behalf of Koch Industries, I am writing to urge you to oppose the business tax extenders package, H.R. 5771, being considered in the House of Representatives. This package will reinstate corporate subsidies like the Wind Production Tax Credit, which expired on December 31, 2013. We believe this corporate credit, like many others in the current package, distorts the marketplace by allowing the federal government to pick winners and losers arbitrarily. We point to the Wind Production Tax Credit in particular, as it represents 20% of the entire business tax extenders package. That means more than $9.5 billion in taxpayer dollars being transferred to corporations.

First enacted in 1992, the PTC’s initial intent was for the federal government to foster and support a nascent wind energy industry. But over time, like all subsidies and mandates, good intentions have led to harmful unintended consequences, turning a hand-up to an industry in its infancy into a $23 dollar-per-megawatt-hour hand-out for big companies looking to pad their bottom-line. At a time when our nation is facing monumental economic challenges, this is the antithesis of the path we should be pursuing toward a simpler and less burdensome and wasteful tax code.

As such, we oppose ALL subsidies, whether existing or proposed, including programs that benefit us, which are principally those that are embedded in our economy, such as mandates. The Wind Production Tax Credit is a prime example of how government hides the cost of electricity mandates by rewarding investors while saddling taxpayers and ratepayers with higher electricity costs. The Wind Production Tax Credit artificially distorts the market to give an advantage to a politically-favored industry over other technologies by transferring the actual costs to taxpayers.

We do not believe government should be picking “winners and losers” by subsidizing or mandating certain industries or products. The record at doing so- both here and abroad- is abysmal, causing the loss of jobs and the waste of resources.

Koch’s government and public affairs activities are based on the principles that bring about the greatest well-being in society—freedom and property rights—core values that are recognized and valued by most Americans. Koch will continue to lobby for the repeal of subsidies and mandates, as we work to make people’s lives better. We believe history has proven that this is the best course to foster job creation, opportunity, and prosperity.

The Wind Production Tax Credit expired once for good reason. Let it expire for good. We urge you to oppose the business tax extenders package in its current form.

Sincerely,

Phillip Ellender

President, Government & Public Affairs

Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

600 14th Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005

www.kochind.com
Letter in opposition to H.R. 5771

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Monday, October 27th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 27, 2014

Did You Hear the Koch Brothers Just Gave a Million Bucks to NPR to Cover Healthcare?
http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2014/10/27/did-you-hear-the-koch-brothers-just-gave-a-million-bucks-to.html
By DAVID CALLAHAN
Inside Philanthropy

Come to think of it, I didn’t recall any controversy when RWJF gave National Public Radio $5.6 million to report on healthcare between 2008 and 2011, during a period when this was among the most politicized of all topics.

You’d think that somebody would at least have raised an eyebrow, given that RWJF is a strong proponent of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other healthcare policy positions on the progressive side of the spectrum.

God bless that foundation, if you ask me. But as a thought experiment, imagine if the Koch brothers had given the same amount of money to NPR to cover healthcare.

People would have gone nuts.

A Rare Victory for Public Defense
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/opinion/a-rare-victory-for-public-defense.html
By EDITORIAL BOARD
New York Times

On the same day as the New York settlement, it was announced that the Koch brothers had made a six-figure grant to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to help train public defenders and fund research aimed at improving public defense.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was right to stop fighting the lawsuit, which settled only on the eve of trial. New York had faced the embarrassment of being the first state to stand trial over its inability to provide public defense.

The Truly Daffy Demonization of the Brothers Koch
http://www.ingrams.com/article/the-truly-daffy-demonization-of-the-brothers-koch/
By JACK CASHILL
Ingram’s

As Wichita’s Koch family has learned the hard way, the surest way to make mortal enemies in contemporary America is to build a hugely successful business, stick to your principles, and care about the future of your country.

A bantam-weight among those enemies is The Kansas City Star. Not above the occasional rabbit punch, Star editors jabbed away with a recent story headlined, “Conservative Koch group launches TV ad attacking Orman in Kansas Senate race.”

Never mind that the Kochs are libertarians, not conservatives. What intrigues about the story is that hundreds of groups run ads every campaign season. To single out just one sponsor by name when that sponsor is running perfectly legal ads in its own state suggests something deeper than a bias. It suggests a disease, specifically KDS—Koch Derangement Syndrome

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 22, 2014

Koch Industries Funds Legal Defense For the Poor
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/10/22/koch-industries-funds-legal-defense-for-the-poor/
By JACOB GERSHMAN
Wall Street Journal

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers announced this week that it’s getting a “major grant” from Koch Industries Inc. to support the group’s indigent defense training programs and to study how states can do a better job of delivering legal services to the poor.

“We are supportive of the NACDL’s efforts to make the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society,” Charles G. Koch, the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, said in a statement about the grant, which is believed to be in the six figures.

Tom Steyer and the Right to Free Speech
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/10/21/tom-steyer-and-the-right-to-free-speech-campaign-finance-koch-brothers-adelson/
By JONATHAN S. TOBIN
Commentary Magazine

Democrats have spent much of the last year trying to fuel outrage about the efforts of what they claim is nothing less than a plot by rich conservatives to purchase American democracy. At the center of that campaign is an effort to demonize the Koch brothers with a secondary role being played by Sheldon Adelson. But, as the New York Times reports today, liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer has now exceeded Adelson as the country’s largest donor to Super PACs with at least $55 million dollars donated in the last year to help defeat Republicans in the 2014 midterms. While Steyer is within his rights to spend his money as he likes, his move into first place in the Super PAC rankings effectively demonstrates not only the hypocrisy of attacks on the Kochs but the disingenuous nature of the Democrats’ claim that the GOP is buying the election.

Exclusive: Right to Counsel Is the Kochs’ New Cause
http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2014/10/21/?entry=3061&_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=us
By CARL HULSE
New York Times

Koch Industries, in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is financing a program to provide scholarships and training for public defenders. The grant will also pay for a review of indigent defense programs to see what works in providing legal representation to those who can’t afford it.

Charles G. Koch, the chairman of Koch Industries, said in a statement that the grant was a way “to make the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of an individual’s right to counsel a reality for all Americans, especially those who are the most disadvantaged in our society.”

Koch Industries gives grant to NACDL “to address the nation’s profound indigent defense crisis”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/10/21/koch-industries-gives-grant-to-nacdl-to-address-the-nations-profound-indigent-defense-crisis/
By ORIN KERR
Washington Post

You hear a lot about the Koch brothers these days, but this press release from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers cuts against the usual narrative:

Washington, DC (Oct. 21, 2014) – The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the nation’s preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing, has been selected by Koch Industries, Inc. to receive a major grant in support of NACDL’s efforts to address the nation’s profound indigent defense crisis.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 16, 2014

Hey, Big Spender
http://m.nationalreview.com/article/390436/hey-big-spender-eliana-johnson
By ELIANA JOHNSON
National Review Online

Then, of course, there is the experience of the Koch brothers, Charles and David, who have been featured in dozens of television ads, verbally flayed by Senate Democrats throughout the election cycle, and lambasted by Reid for everything from “actually trying to buy the country” to being flat-out “un-American.”

The Kochs, who in 1986 sat for a lengthy New York Times profile chronicling the family’s disputes and dramas, are today in virtual hibernation. Many Republican donors have followed suit.

“All the attacks on us definitely sent a message to people that if you support what we’re for and what we’re doing, you’re going to pay a price,” says Mark Holden, who serves as general counsel for Koch Industries. “And while some people are still willing to go forward, other people, understandably, aren’t willing to pay that price.”

RFK JR.’S Unhinged Attack On The Kochs Besmirches The Kennedy Name
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-viewpoint/100114-719822-koch-brothers-show-class-by-creating-wealth-and-generously-giving-it-away.htm?p=full
By LAWRENCE KUDLOW
Investors.com

Koch has contributed roughly $1.3 billion to charity for medical research, education, culture, the arts, and policy studies.

It’s an incredible story. Besides the Met museum, he just announced a $100 million donation to New York Presbyterian Hospital. He’s given $185 million to MIT, and another $100 million to Lincoln Center. The list goes on and on.
At the end of that speech at the Met, David Koch said he hoped his legacy would be that he “did his very best to make the world a better place.” That legacy is firmly in place.

Robert Kennedy Jr. should be ashamed of himself. Blissfully unaware of the scientific facts and existing solely in his self-centered world, he insults one of America’s great benefactors and stains the greatness of his uncle, John F. Kennedy, and his father, Robert F. Kennedy.

Democrats outraising Republicans as election nears
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/16/democrats-outraising-republicans-as-election-nears/
By JIM ANGLE
Fox News

Despite outrage from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats about billionaires like the Koch brothers donating to the GOP, statistics show Democrats are outraising Republicans this election season.

Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics estimated, “the Democratic senatorial campaign committee has raised $111 million compared to $82 million for their Republican counterpart.”

Even when you take all sources of money, from all donors for all races, the Democrats still lead. “It’s about $595 million for the Democrats, and about $450 million for the Republicans,” Krumholz said.

Begich, Reid lead the league in hypocrisy
http://www.adn.com/article/20141011/begich-reid-lead-league-hypocrisy
By PAUL JENKINS
Alaska Dispatch News

But Reid, Begich and Co. have an ugly secret. The campaign against the Kochs is a lie – a very big, very bold, very calculated lie. The Kochs, it turns out, are not the problem when it comes to big money in Alaska elections – not by a long stretch.

Federal Election Commission records analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics show hypocritical Harry Reid is the problem when it comes to big outside money flooding into campaigns.

He is closely linked to an independent expenditure group, the Senate Majority PAC. It is the top outside spender when it comes to campaigns, the FEC says – and not just in Alaska but across the entire nation. At last report, it had spent $34.5 million. In Alaska, it almost single-handedly is paying for Begich’s independent re-election effort.

The Koch brothers? They are nowhere near the top of the list.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 6, 2014

Is Another Obama Administration Scandal About To Explode?
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/10/is-another-obama-administration-scandal-about-to-explode.php
By JOHN HINDERAKER
Powerline

Austan Goolsbee directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and later chaired his Council of Economic Advisers. In August 2010, Goolsbee conducted a telephone press briefing in which, according to the Washington Post, he purported to reveal confidential taxpayer information

There are three possibilities here: either Goolsbee just made up the claim that Koch Industries doesn’t pay corporate income taxes; or he learned Koch’s tax status from some proper, legal source; or else he illegally accessed Koch’s tax returns and used the information he learned for political purposes in a call with reporters.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 3, 2014

Reid calls out Kochs, but Dem pac spends more

 

Editorial: Leave Muppets out of it!
http://www.bostonherald.com/…/editorial_leave_muppets_out_of_it
The Boston Herald

The presence of the billionaire philanthropist and promoter of libertarian and conservative causes on WGBH’s board is subverting its “mission,” according to Forecast the Facts, which has helped organize repeated protests at ’GBH aimed at Koch.

That’s a particularly hollow charge, given the millions Koch has donated to the network and specifically to the science program “Nova,” which has produced endless hours of coverage about climate change and its impact on the planet. Call that Exhibit A that Koch has little influence over the network’s editorial decision-making.

Are Liberals Fund-Raising Hypocrites?
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/opinion/are-liberals-fundraising-hypocrites.html
By Thomas B. Edsall
The New York Times

Mark Holden, general counsel at Koch Industries, contends that the Democracy Alliance orchestrates the activities of a permanent “left infrastructure” with ties to 172 organizations, each determined to attack the Koch brothers’ agenda of free enterprise and democratic capitalism…

The Democracy Alliance is an organization of roughly 100 very rich men and women who agree to contribute at least $200,000 annually to a list of roughly 20 liberal think tanks and advocacy groups, according to documents obtained by Politico. The Alliance itself makes no contributions. Nor does it pay for television ads or engage in other direct campaign activity.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – October 2, 2014

Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands
http://www.npr.org
By PETER OVERBY
NPR

KORVA COLEMAN: For months Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has made a sport of bashing billionaires David and Charles Koch for donating millions to tax exempt groups pushing to win back Republican control of the Senate. But it turns out, the biggest spending outside group in this election cycle isn’t the Koch brothers, it’s a super PAC with ties to Senator Reid. NPR’s Peter Overby reports.

PETER OVERBY: The consultants who run Senate Majority PAC say they have just one goal, keeping the Senate in Democratic hands. To do that, they’ve spent 33 million dollars so far. That puts Senate Majority PAC at the top of the list, according to Federal Election Commission data, as analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

None Can Call It Treason 
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/389260/none-can-call-it-treason-larry-kudlow
By LARRY KUDLOW
National Review Online

A couple of weeks ago at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, several hundred people went to their feet to applaud a speech delivered by David H. Koch. The occasion was the opening of the Met’s new façade on Fifth Avenue. It runs four city blocks, and is complete with new fountains, paving, lighting, landscaping, and seating areas for visitors. Mr. Koch contributed the entire $65 million cost of the project, which took years to complete.

And the people kept applauding. For several minutes. They wouldn’t stop in their gratitude for Koch’s generosity toward New York and one of the world’s great museums.

The Left demonizes David Koch and his brother Charles for their free-market views, their political donations, and the fact that they run a substantial energy company. Harry Reid has made a new career of it, calling them “un-American.” But on the platform that morning were liberal Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. Ms. Maloney was particularly gracious when she said, “There is hope for the world when Koch and I can agree on something. On this we agree 100 percent.”

MSNBC Ridicules Democrats’ Hypocritical And Ineffective Koch Brothers Strategy
http://freebeacon.com/politics/msnbc-ridicules-democrats-hypocritical-and-ineffective-koch-brothers-strategy/
Washington Free Beacon

“This Koch brothers thing, it’s ridiculous,” Scarborough said. “Especially when they’re getting tons and tons of money on their side.”

Scarborough was alluding to a recent revelation that while Democrats frequently decry big money in politics, they in fact are the main recipients of big donor money.

“It doesn’t even work in Manhattan, where people thank God for David Koch,” Scarborough said. David Koch has donated nearly $300 million to New York City medical and cultural institutions.

“If you go to the hospital for special surgery because you’re mortally injured you will be thanking David Koch,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said.

Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist, equally perplexed, said Reid’s obsession with the Koch brothers has become a national strategy for Democrats but has been ineffective in moving the needle in midterm battleground states.
On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone

ON THE COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/09/on-the-cover-of-the-rolling-stone.php
By JOHN HINDERAKER
Powerline

Rolling Stone has declined badly since the days when it employed P.J. O’Rourke as its foreign correspondent. The magazine falls a little farther with this month’s issue, which features the most uninspired hit piece on Koch Industries yet to appear in print. Timed to reinforce the Democrats’ campaign theme, Tim Dickinson’s article contains no original reporting, but merely regurgitates tired and discredited stories about Koch’s alleged misdeeds over the decades.

Dickinson’s problem isn’t just impenetrable ignorance, however. He contacted Koch Industries with a series of questions, and Koch responded with 3,200 words of history, fact and analysis-99 of which made it into the Rolling Stone article. You can see the information that Koch gave to Dickinson, and that Dickinson ignored, on KochFacts, where the entire email exchange between Dickinson and Koch is reproduced. The inescapable conclusion is that Dickinson knew that his article was a tissue of lies, misrepresentations and misleading statements and omissions, but published it anyway.

 

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

Setting the Record Straight in Arkansas

You may have seen political ads on TV that misrepresent Koch companies and our presence in Arkansas. The truth is, we’ve expanded and added more employees in the state. Get the facts in this short video:

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Response to Rolling Stone Story

When Rolling Stone magazine’s Tim Dickinson reached out to us for a story about “a detailed, longitudinal examination of the rise of Koch Industries to become one of the largest private firms in America,” we were open and honest with him. As our emails with Mr. Dickinson show, however, we told him we were skeptical of his intentions and whether he would write an objective and balanced story about Koch Industries and our 100,000 dedicated employees, including 60,000 in the United States. Instead, we explained, he seemed to be simply “checking a box” and going through the motions of saying he tried to get our perspective. We also expressed our concerns that given his and Rolling Stone’s past distorted and dishonest coverage of Koch, we were doubtful that he would be fair and objective with us.

We noted that his storyline seemed almost identical to many other unbalanced, agenda-driven pieces in the past, such as a widely panned and discredited Bloomberg Markets story. It appeared to us that he was simply regurgitating and cribbing from past pieces hostile to Koch. Mr. Dickinson insisted that he was “attempting to engage in a good-faith discussion” and denied that his reporting was aided by any of the agenda-driven attack groups that have long peddled misinformation about Koch for ulterior political purposes. This despite the fact that Mr. Dickinson has made a career at left-wing outlets like Mother Jones or that topics in this article track almost in lockstep with the prior work of other reporters who share his ideological commitments.

Despite our well-founded reservations, we provided detailed responses to Mr. Dickinson’s questions and requested that he use our responses in full. We asked that if he felt the need to omit any of our responses that he engage us in a discussion, as any ethical journalist would. Judging from the resulting article, it’s clear he wasn’t interested in being fair or honest.

Mr. Dickinson’s blatantly dishonest and misleading article published by Rolling Stone this week has numerous willful omissions, and contains no new or newsworthy information. We provided on-the-record responses to each of his several dozen questions and topics — answers amounting to more than 3,200 words in total — yet Mr. Dickinson quoted just 99 words in his more than 9,000 words. In addition, his article covers many topics that he never raised with us. Given that he used less than five percent of the information we provided, it is likely that he would have ignored further input in any event.

Any pretense at objectivity is belied by Mr. Dickinson’s efforts to hype his article on social media with hyperbole like, “From toxic pollution to toxic assets — everything you need to know about how the Koch brothers got so rich.” The caricatured illustration that accompanies the piece is appropriate, since the article, too, is a subjective distortion of reality.

Here is a link to all the information we provided on the record to Mr. Dickinson – information that he hid from readers. And here are further links that provide previously existing public responses from Koch and material that we provided Mr. Dickinson — nearly all of which was ignored:

•   Mr. Dickinson makes a number of broad negative claims about Koch’s environmental record, but only passing reference to the more than 900 awards for safety, environmental excellence, and community stewardship Koch has received since 2009 alone - information that we provided to Mr. Dickinson. In an article ostensibly about Koch’s relationship with regulators, the fact that EPA has repeatedly praised Koch for a productive and collaborative approach is surely relevant to Rolling Stone readers. In addition, he excised our explanation of the long and continuing path to improve and enhance our environmental, health, and safety performance. He also ignored the discussion about our ongoing efforts to ensure we understand and meet the expectations of the EPA and other regulators, our communities, and our shareholders.

•  While he never raised the issue with us, Mr. Dickinson refers to a University of Massachusetts-Amherst report from a radical group that names Koch as an alleged major “polluter” in the United States. Here again he omits key context to mislead readers. As we detailed here in a statement readily available to Mr. Dickinson, that report included virtually every major manufacturer in the United States today, which combined form the lifeblood of the economy and provide good-paying manufacturing jobs to millions of Americans. Moreover, the emissions cited in the report are legal and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA itself notes that Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) information alone does not indicate that the use or release of these chemicals poses a risk. EPA has compiled TRI data for facilities with the same U.S.-based parent company. A parent company is defined as the highest-level company, located in the U.S., which owns at least 50 percent of the voting stock of the manufacturer. These parent companies are ranked by EPA based upon the total volume of production-related waste managed by those facilities. Koch Industries, Inc. is the parent company for the Koch companies. Due to the size and nature of our U.S.-based manufacturing presence, Koch has been among the top 10 parent companies for the last three years. More than 100 Koch company sites submit TRI reports—significantly more than the other top-10 parent companies, which have between 1 and 65 sites reporting.

•   The article states that Koch made the difficult decision to convert a Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole, Alaska to a terminal, after “the discovery that a toxic solvent had leaked from the facility, fouling the town’s groundwater.” Mr. Dickinson ignored all the information we provide him on this topic. He deceptively omits the undisputed facts that the off-site contamination existed long before Koch bought the refinery in 2004, that the contamination was not disclosed to Koch by the prior owner, and that once discovered, Koch quickly and voluntarily began providing alternative water to the community. He also ignores that Alaskan public officials like Senator Mark Begich and Governor Sean Parnell empathized with Flint Hills’ difficult decision and that Flint Hills has worked to retain as many of the affected employees as possible at other Koch companies.

•   The article falsely claims that Koch’s petroleum coke business at its KCBX North facility in Chicago is endangering the “health of South Side residents,” despite the fact that we provided Mr. Dickinson the Congressional Research Service researchfindings from the city of Chicago that “there are no known illnesses or health effects associated with pet coke dust,” and EPA’s own conclusion that “petroleum coke itself has a low level of toxicity and that there is no evidence of carcinogenicity.” Nor does Mr. Dickinson note that KCBX was honored with the Good Neighbor award from the Southeast Environmental Task Force in 2001 and again in 2005.

•   Mr. Dickinson rehashes regulatory and legal issues from the 1970s and 1980s regarding Nixon Administration price controls and oil lotteries that have long since been settled. In some instances, Mr. Dickinson fails to note the responses we provided him.

•   The article falsely declares that Koch “stole” oil from American Indian lands in the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, no oil was “stolen” and there was no finding of theft of any kind in this case. We detailed this to Mr. Dickinson before publication and provided him with a statement and substantiation explaining the issue. He ignores all of it.

•   In discussing Koch facilities in Minnesota, Mr. Dickinson accuses us of “treating the Mississippi [River] as a sewer” during the 1990s. This is inaccurate and one-sided. In fact, between 1998 and 2001, Koch Petroleum Group entered into a series of agreements with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and EPA to resolve issues at Koch’s Rosemount, Minnesota refinery, taking full responsibility for past discharges from an aviation fuel tank leak, part of which reached a wetland adjacent to the Mississippi River, though not the river itself. We pointed Mr. Dickinson to the fact that our Minnesota refinery is recognized for its exemplary environmental performance, and its cooperative and productive relationships with regulators, environmental groups, and neighbors. His story omits these facts.

•   Mr. Dickinson says Koch was convicted of a “felony count for covering up the fact that it had disconnected a key pollution-control device” at a Corpus Christi facility. In fact, in 1995 an individual Koch employee filed a false report in this case, was terminated for doing so, and Koch voluntarily disclosed the incident to the Texas environmental regulatory agency. We provided Mr. Dickinson with this information in detail, including information demonstrating that someone altered evidence during the grand jury process. The official Texas state government meeting record showed when Koch first learned of the issues in 1995, our employees openly and directly told the state regulator that the refinery was out of compliance and advised they would come back to the regulator when they better understood all the details. In fact, later government records show that our employees did just as they promised. The meeting record that was used by the federal grand jury had that key exculpatory information excised. Ultimately, the 97-count indictment Mr. Dickinson mentions was dismissed after the government’s case cratered when Koch finally had a chance to challenge the evidence in front of the trial judge. As part of a settlement, Koch pled guilty to the incident stemming from the event we voluntarily disclosed back in 1995. The government required the four individuals who were wrongly accused to waive their rights to sue for malicious prosecution as part of this settlement. We gave Mr. Dickinson all this information and provided him copies of the documents, which are in our responses above. He intentionally ignores all of this to repeat the same dishonest and misleading story that many others have written about over the past 13 years.

•   The article shamefully uses the circumstances of a tragic 1997 fatal accident—the only such accident of its kind in the history of Koch Pipeline Company—in a cowardly effort to smear Koch as more concerned with a “10 percent” increase in profit than with human lives. As with so many other issues, Mr. Dickinson omits our point of view, even though we have publicly addressed the accident on multiple occasions since it happened–the only such accident of its kind in the history of Koch Pipeline Company) and have always accepted responsibility for this tragedy.

•   Mr. Dickinson quotes former EPA administrator Carol Browner negatively on Koch, and seems to suggest that Koch’s 2000 Clean Air agreement with the EPA is evidence of misdeeds. In fact, Ms. Browner described that very agreement as “innovative and comprehensive” and praised the “unprecedented cooperation” of Koch in stepping forward ahead of its industry peers. The agency also deemed the agreement as a “major step in fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act.”

•   Mr. Dickinson never raised with us many of the issues in Koch’s financial and trading operations that he later addresses in the article, and on other issues he again fails to note the responses we provided. In discussing a legal settlement with Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over energy trading, for instance, Mr. Dickinson fails to note that CFTC praised Koch for full cooperation with its investigation (and also omits that it was a 50-50 joint venture between Entergy and Koch Trading). This was an industry-wide effort by CFTC, Mr. Dickinson fails to mention, and not focused solely on Entergy-Koch Trading (EKT). And in a lengthy discussion of futures trading issues, Mr. Dickinson appears to rely heavily on an article published by left-wing activists in the spring of 2011, despite the fact that the article and its author, Lee Fang, were thoroughly and utterly debunked at the time by multiple independent sources.

•   Despite providing Mr. Dickinson with links to the many mainstream media pieces that mocked, discredited, and criticized a Bloomberg Markets article on a Koch foreign subsidiary’s lawful business in Iran, he fails to include any of that information. Koch directly addressed the rank falsehoods emerging from the story multiple times, a repetition made necessary by political partisans and agenda-driven activists who spread known falsehoods in much the same way Mr. Dickinson does here. If he would have bothered to include our statement or link to our responses or other media coverage, he would have seen key information that impeaches the credibility of Bloomberg Market’s key source for his story – a former European employee who praised the company previously and never raised any issue about trade with Iran before he left. In any event, the fact that last decade a European subsidiary did some limited business in Iran is irrelevant since, as we have explained multiple times, that was permissible under the law at that time. We ultimately made a voluntary decision not to do business in Iran even when U.S. law allowed it. If Mr. Dickinson had any desire to be open and honest with his readers, he might have noted that many companies continued to do business in Iran long after Koch ceased doing so voluntarily, and that some still do business there.

•   Mr. Dickinson’s discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline is inaccurate and contradictory. He implies that Koch stands to gain from approval of the pipeline—a claim refuted here and more than a dozen times since such as here,  herehere, and here. Yet in the next breath Mr. Dickinson admits that the approval of Keystone XL would actually “eat into [Koch] profit margins.” He then offers a third distinct claim, that uncertainty over whether Keystone XL will be approved benefits Koch.

•   Other bizarre internal contradictions emerge throughout the article. For instance, Mr. Dickinson first implies Koch was guilty of patent infringement nearly a century ago, then pages later notes that the patent decision against Koch was thrown out when it was discovered the other party had illegally bribed the judge in the case, and that Koch in fact won at the Supreme Court and successfully countersued for anti-trust violations. Elsewhere in the article, Fred Koch is criticized for being both too soft on Stalinism and too “rabidly anti-Communist.”

Any reasonable reader will conclude that this article is nothing more than a thinly veiled “hit piece.” We believe that Rolling Stone readers would have benefitted from an open and honest discussion of the issues Mr. Dickinson decided to write about. We are confident that if the true facts had been presented, Rolling Stone readers might have learned something about us that was contrary to the misinformation that Rolling Stone and other media have rehashed and regurgitated over the years. Apparently Rolling Stone and Mr. Dickinson do not trust or respect their readers enough to provide them with balanced information and an objective narrative, nor do they want their readers to make up their own minds.

 

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – August 27, 2014

Koch Brothers Take On Camo-Wearing Cops
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/27/koch-brothers-take-on-camo-wearing-cops.html
By TIM MAK
The Daily Beast

Groups on the left have been among the loudest voices condemning police actions in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown this month. But the Koch brothers, boogeymen of national Democrats, have long funded libertarian groups that laid the intellectual groundwork for opposing police militarization, a phenomenon that now has been discussed and denounced much more widely.

The militarization of police in particular is an issue the Koch brothers view as necessary to tackle and which they have spent years fighting, a spokesman said.

“We need to address issues such as overcriminalization, excessive and disproportionate sentencing, inadequate indigent defense that is inconsistent with the Sixth Amendment, and the militarization of police,” Mark Holden, general counsel of Koch Industries Inc., told The Daily Beast. “We have deep respect for the moral dignity of each and every person and because of this, we’ve worked for decades to support those who defend the full range of individual rights.”

Why I stand with the Koch brothers
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/272792971.html
By FRITZ CORRIGAN
The Star Tribune

Every day, another media personality or politician criticizes Charles and David Koch. Even our two Minnesota senators — Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar — regularly attack these two brothers, as has their boss, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who called them “un-American.” The Kochs, who have created hundreds of thousands of jobs and donated hundreds of millions to charity, earned such scorn for promoting free-market policies.

I agree with the Kochs. … We share a common vision: a society where opportunity and innovation improve well-being for everyone. We want to protect the American dream for future generations.

We believe that everyone should be free to chart his or her own path to success. They should be free to start and grow a small business into an economic powerhouse. And they should be free to do all of this without politicians and bureaucrats blocking the path.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Charles Koch: How to really turn the economy around

[Originally published in USA Today]

By Charles Koch

Government, business and workers need to address values and incentives.

For years, Washington politicians have said that our economy is turning the corner. They said it in 2011, in 2013 and again last week — every time they report a quarter with 4% economic growth. But each time, the economy has turned sluggish again.

Like most Americans, I am deeply concerned about our weak economic recovery and its effects on millions of families. Opportunity, especially for the young and disadvantaged, is declining. High underemployment has become our new norm.

The effects of underemployment are not just economic, they are also social and psychological. Real work is an important part of how we define ourselves. Meaningful work benefits both us and others. Those who lack real jobs often end up depressed, addicted or aggressive.

Today, opportunities for such work are not what they should be. We need a different approach, focused less on politics and more on basic principles.

Read the full article at USA Today

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – August 14, 2014

Youth Entrepreneurs’ Good Work Should Not Be Politicized
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kent-matlock/youth-entrepreneurs-good-_b_5605327.html
By Kent Matlock
Huffington Post

I know the Youth Entrepreneurs program very well. My firm has worked with Georgia-Pacific for more than 20 years and with Koch Industries since it purchased GP. GP has funded the Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia program since 2005 (it was known as Youth Entrepreneurs — Atlanta then). My work with Liz Koch, the chair of YEGeorgia, who had a personal hand in establishing the program in Atlanta, was very similar to my work with Mrs. Billye Aaron when she was vice president of UNCF, and Coretta Scott King, throughout the 1980s and 90s. My experience showed them all as strong and smart women fully committed to the outcomes of their causes. In the case of Youth Entrepreneurs, I have personally witnessed the life-changing impact on a youth who attends an inner-city school, and realizes that they have the ability and opportunity to start their own business and to fulfill their dreams. The Youth Entrepreneurs program provides not only that hope, but also equips the participants with the knowledge, confidence, and often resources (e.g., scholarship money or venture capital).

Instead of criticizing the Youth Entrepreneurs program and suggesting some sinister and unfounded plot by Charles Koch, we should be duplicating these programs and making them available to more youth. The question your reporters should be asking is “what are we doing to prepare our youth – all our youth – to reach their full potential?” I suggest that we allow the students who have gone through the Youth Entrepreneurs program to tell their stories, many of which are captured in this video channel, without the “politics” so that we can find common-ground solutions that benefit our youth.

Koch Brothers’ donation will help black students
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/koch-brothers-donation-will-help-black-students/ngxdn/
By Kent Matlock
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The recent $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation has generated comments and opinions, many of which are, at best, politically motivated and, at worst, hate-fueled. Such assertions have hijacked the intelligent dialogue we should be having about what does and doesn’t work in preparing our young people for their futures.

EDITORIAL: Campaign cash and the Kochs
http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorial-campaign-cash-and-kochs
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics — the nation’s premier tracker of money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy — has released its lists of top contributors during the 2014 election cycle. The lists allow the public to see which organizations and individuals donate the most money to federal campaigns and committees.

The lists show a pronounced shift. In the 2012 election cycle, seven of the top 20 donors favored conservatives. Of this year’s top 20 organizations, only two favor Republicans. The other 18, with the exception of a lone, “on the fence” trade association, strongly favor liberal policies and Democratic candidates. 

 

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Responding to Attack Ads by Partisan Activist Group

The League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund (LCV) is running a false and deceptive television advertisement entitled “Billionaires” in markets in or near the state of New Hampshire.

The LCV is a partisan activist group that does not disclose its donors. It is part of the Democracy Alliance, a group of billionaires and millionaires who support liberal causes and candidates but also doesn’t disclose its members.

The ad attacks Charles Koch and David Koch, and falsely maligns their companies’ business interests. Contrary to the ad’s assertions, Charles Koch and David Koch are opposed to government subsidies of any kind and have been outspoken and consistent in their opposition to subsidies and other instances of the government picking winners and losers.

The ad leads with a pejorative characterization of the Kochs as “out-of-state oil billionaires,” and claims that United States Senate candidate Scott Brown “voted to keep giving billions in special tax-payer funded subsidies to oil companies,” leaving a reasonable viewer with only one (inaccurate) conclusion: that Charles Koch and David Koch are in favor of such alleged taxpayer-funded subsidies. LCV Senior Vice President Daniel J. Weiss repeated this inaccurate and false claim in the press release accompanying the new ad, asserting that “…[t]hey know Scott Brown will continue where he left off by protecting oil industry profits at the expense of taxpayers and public health.”

As Charles Koch explained in an April 2014 Wall Street Journal opinion piece:

“…Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Now the mandate needs to go, so that consumers and the marketplace are the ones who decide the future of ethanol.”

Citations: See Charles Koch, Op-Ed “I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society,” The Wall Street Journal (Apr. 2, 2014), available at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/…0515021286; see also Statement from Koch Industries Regarding Accusations of Lobbying for Surtax on Renewable Energy (May 1, 2014), available at:

http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/statement-from-koch-industries-regarding-accusations-of-lobbying-for-surtax-on-renewable-energy/

http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/consistentlyopposing/

http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/whyspeakout/;http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/an-open-letter-to-congress-regarding-the-budget/

http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/the-new-york-times-ignores-kochs-stated-position-on-proposed-carbon-tax-and-falsely-tries-to-drive-a-wedge-between-koch-and-other-energy-companies/

The LCV advertisement’s claim that Charles Koch and David Koch are in favor of receiving a subsidy at the expense of taxpayers is deceitful and completely false. We welcome an open and honest debate about the important issues facing the country. We are disappointed that the LCV has instead chosen to misrepresent the record and mislead the people of New Hampshire.

We ask the LCV to stop misrepresenting our positions and engage in a principled debate about the issues.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 30, 2014

Inside the vast liberal conspiracy
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/inside-the-vast-liberal-conspiracy-108171.html
By Kenneth Vogel
Politico

Picture this: millionaires and billionaires gathering under tight security in fancy hotels with powerful politicians and operatives to plot how their network of secret-money groups can engineer a permanent realignment of American politics.

Only, it’s not the Koch brothers. It’s the liberal Democracy Alliance.

The 21 groups at the core of the Democracy Alliance’s portfolio intend to spend $374 million during the midterm election cycle — including nearly $200 million this year — to boost liberal candidates and causes in 2014 and beyond, according to internal documents obtained by POLITICO.

While growing sums of that cash are being spent vilifying the billionaire conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch over their own network’s political spending, the documents reveal the extent to which the Democracy Alliance network mirrors the Kochs’ — and is obsessed with it.

The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/david-brock-liberal-millionaire-existential-crisis-108215.html
By Kenneth Vogel and Tarini Parti
Politico

David Brock has a message for liberal millionaires: Don’t sweat being called hypocrites.

Brock, a former “right-wing hit-man”-turned-top-big-money-Democratic-operative, is part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince donors it’s OK to attack the Koch brothers for spending millions of dollars while doing the exact same thing for the left.

Conservatives reject the notion that rich liberals donate more out of their concern for society than do their conservative counterparts like the Kochs. But Brock’s pitch also isn’t sitting well with some major liberal donors and operatives, who worry the anti-Koch strategy could backfire big time. It has not yet been proven effective at motivating key Democratic voting blocs like unmarried women and minorities, and liberal critics also worry it risks undercutting more important issues, smacks of class warfare and opens themselves up to hypocrisy charges.

Morning Joe
http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/fundraisers-take-on-the-koch-brothers-288660547940
MSNBC

JOE SCARBOROUGH: You guys at Politico have been writing stories about this, about democrats ringing their hands and also this group that has gotten together. I have short term memory loss so I don’t remember exactly the name of the group.

JIM VANDEHEI: Democracy Alliance.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: But you said they’re going to raise gazillions of dollars and their goal is to out-Koch the Koch brothers.

JIM VANDEHEI: Well, it’s funny we were talking about this with Hillary Clinton where democrats have this tortured relationship with money, we have all these multimillionaire, billionaires who they want to put money into politics and they’re tortured about it. Should we do it by saying the Koch brothers are criminals. Inherently what they’re saying is hypocritical. You can’t say that’s awful but when we do it, boy, it’s great. The truth is, the way that campaign finance laws are, if you care about politics, you should spend gobs of money. The campaign finance rules work in your favor. you can have a huge effect —

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Barack Obama became the first billion dollar candidate. He knows how to raise and spend money.

EUGENE ROBINSON: Exactly. Both major parties will race enormous sums of money. Where do you get it? You get it from people that have enormous sums of money. It would be hypocritical.

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Friday, June 13th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 13, 2014

Tom Finneran: I’ll Have a Koch
http://m.golocalworcester.com/politics/tom-finneran-ill-have-a-koch
By Tom Finneran
GoLocalWorcester.com

As an American citizen I’m under no obligation to give support to any candidate at all. I might find them all repellent. Yet if I learn of a candidate who seems sensible and grounded, a candidate whose principles align with mine, I’m free to help that candidate get elected. As are you. As are the Koch brothers.

These evil brothers have been in the news lately for some actions that are incredibly generous and entirely benign. Within the past week or so they have announced a twenty-five million dollar gift to the United Negro College Fund. You know the UNCF, the organization whose slogan is that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”. UNCF does some amazing things with students who aspire to succeed against pretty dramatic odds. I suspect that the Koch donation will put some mighty big wings on those students’ dreams. Three cheers.

Regular viewers of NOVA, the renowned PBS program are aware that the program has received magnificent support from David Koch for quite some time. It’s a great program and I suspect that PBS is deeply appreciative of Mr. Koch’s continuing generosity. Three more cheers.

Locally, the David Koch Institute for Cancer Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts has been the beneficiary of major grants from Koch family foundations for cutting-edge medical research as well as for an on-site day care center for the children of the young and brilliant scientists who work there. Three more cheers….

Ironically, here in America in the 21st century, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the Koch brothers are attacked mercilessly for their embrace of free markets. America’s strength of course comes from capitalism, which for whatever its faults and limitations, remains the best economic system in the history of the world. Those troublesome brothers believe in and exercise the First Amendment freedoms of speech and association. They participate in politics as alert and knowledgeable citizens. What’s not to like about them? John Adams would have loved them.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – June 3, 2014

Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives
http://online.wsj.com/articles/bradley-a-smith-and-david-keating
By Bradley A. Smith and David Keating
The Wall Street Journal

On Monday the Center for Competitive Politics filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against nine U.S. senators: for interfering with IRS tax proceedings; for misusing official resources for campaign purposes; and for improper conduct that reflects poorly upon the Senate. Attempting to use the IRS to advance a partisan, electoral agenda is a fundamental assault on good government. We believe these elected officials have staged such an assault.

The complaint documents how the senators improperly interfered with IRS adjudications to further their party’s electoral prospects. They pressured the IRS to undertake income-tax investigations of specific organizations, to find that specific organizations were in violation of the law, to reach predetermined results pertaining to pending applications by individual organizations for nonprofit status, and to adopt specific regulatory interpretations and policies to further their campaign goals.

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Friday, May 16th, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 16, 2014

From black to green: U.S. billionaire’s ‘Road to Damascus’

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/13/us-usa-steyer-coal-insight-idUSBREA4C06B20140513
By Richard Valdmanis, Fergus Jensen, and Sonali Paul
Reuters

Steyer, 56, stepped down as co-managing partner of Farallon in 2012 to devote himself to full-time activism because, as he later wrote, he “no longer felt comfortable being at a firm that was invested in every single sector of the global economy, including tar sands and oil.”

But he has provided few details of the extent of those fossil fuel investments or how he profited from them. He said in July 2013 that when he had left Farallon, which manages much of his estimated $1.6 billion wealth, he had instructed the fund to divest his holdings in fossil fuels. Neither he nor Farallon has said whether that process has been completed. Farallon declined to comment.

Censure Harry Reid For Neo-McCarthyite Vilification Of The Koch Brothers
http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/ralphbenko/2014/05/13/censure
By Ralph Benko
Town Hall

Leader Reid has cast himself as the point man in a campaign by the left to vilify Charles and David Koch. As recently inventoried by The Washington Free Beacon, and as noted by The Washington Post, Reid has vilified the Koch name, at last count, 134 times.

This is not a random act by Reid.

The new thought police hides behind ‘tolerance’
http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/10/5013885/the-new-thought-police-hides-behind.html
By Jonah Goldberg
Tribune Content Agency

In Washington, Democrats increasingly resort to charges of racism or sexism whenever they hear ideas they don’t like. Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer have dubbed critics of Obamacare “simply un-American.” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid insists the libertarian Koch brothers are “un-American.” President Barack Obama himself has a knack for suggesting that he cares about America while his opponents don’t. He also likes to suggest the time for debate is over on the issues where he’s made up his mind.

Krauthammer’s Take: Harry Reid Makes Inaccurate ‘Pronouncements,’ Doesn’t Smile, And Hurts People
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/377596/krauthammers
National Review Online

[Krauthammer] refuted just a few of Reid’s frequent claims: the Koch brothers are the richest people on earth – “not true.” The Koch brothers are the major cause of global warming – “semi-insane.”

Krauthammer said Reid’s wild statements are similar to Joe Biden’s, but noted that Biden is likable so his oddities are called ”Bidenisms” and he gets a pass, whereas Reid is mean and trying to hurt people.

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day
http://freebeacon.com/blog/ellisons-must-read-of-the-day-pelosi-reid-koch/
By Ellison Barber
Washington Free Beacon

If I lived in Vermont and saw that the Koch brothers were the focus of my senator—so much so that he felt the need to send me a letter about it, I’d be quite agitated.

Not long ago Republicans were routinely criticized for being the “party of no”—common wisdom, amongst political analysts, was that in the long term this perception was a hindrance for the party—it was better to be for something than against something. I thought then, and think now, that this is accurate and it’s not a notion that’s unique or confined to one party.

Reid And Pelosi Go To The Movies
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/05/reid-and-pelosi-go-to-the-movies.php
By John Hunderaker
Powerline

Just when you think the Democrats’ Koch addiction can’t get any crazier, they surprise you. As it happens, we know all about “Koch Brothers Exposed,” which Robert Greenwald released in segments in 2011 and then combined into a single internet video. Greenwald is a failed Hollywood director whose most famous film, “Xanadu,” was one of the biggest flops ever. He is now reduced to making far-left propaganda videos, financed by a secret group of rich leftists.

 

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 2, 2014

Koch Responds to Debate Invitation 
http://www.kansas.com/2014/05/02/3435699/koch-brothers-decline-personal.html
By Roy Wenzl
The Wichita Eagle

A group supporting the political views of retired billionaire investor Tom Steyer bought a full page color advertisement Friday in The Wichita Eagle — the Koch brothers’ hometown newspaper — inviting the brothers to a public debate on climate change.

The brothers, Charles and David, don’t plan to take him up on it.

“We are not experts on climate change,” wrote Koch Corporate spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia, in an email Friday afternoon. “We do believe there should be free and open debate on the climate issue and it should be based on sound science and intellectual honesty.

“The debate should take place among the scientific community, examining all points of view and void of politics, personal attacks and partisan agendas.”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Statement from Koch Industries Regarding Accusations of Lobbying for Surtax on Renewable Energy

Recently, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Environmental Defense Fund all have accused Koch of being in favor of, and lobbying for, the imposition of a surtax on renewable energy—in particular solar power in several states.   These reports are false.  Koch has not advocated nor lobbied on behalf of any legislation that would impose yet another tax or burden upon consumers, ratepayers or other users of electric power, regardless of the source of energy. Indeed, “PunditFact” rated Rachel Maddow’s claims as “mostly false”.

Koch has consistently opposed subsidies and government mandates, and consistently advocated for reducing taxes for all.

Koch believes that all forms of energy—whether oil, gas, wind, solar or biofuels—should be allowed to succeed or fail on their own in the free market, without the assistance (or hindrance) of government subsidies or mandates.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Notable Links Digest – May 1, 2014

Dark Money Dilemma
http://freebeacon.com/politics/dark-money-dilemma/
By Daniel Wiser
Washington Free Beacon

Ravel was later forced to admit that the Koch brothers were not involved in the ballot initiatives. “The Koch brothers have never been implicated themselves as having been direct donors,” she said.

When asked about the case after the hearing, Ravel denied being forced to “walk [her previous comments] back.”

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer refuses to disclose donors, then claims to be more transparent than the Kochs
http://washingtonexaminer.com/liberal-billionaire-tom-steyer
By Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who founded a super PAC devoted to advancing climate change policies in the United States, refused to disclose his donors moments before claiming to be more transparent than libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.

“I definitely can’t give you the names of people unless they release it, which we haven’t,” Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate Action, said on CSPAN’s “Newsmakers” program. “We’ve gotten a handful of people to give pretty significant amounts of money. We have also gone out more broadly.”

Harry Reid and the Left’s Big Money Hypocrisy
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/05/01/harry-reid-and-the-lefts-big-money-hypocrisy/
By Jerry Rogers
PJ Media

Yet, when asked to comment on the distinction between the Democracy Alliance donors and the Koch brothers, Reid’s office had nothing to say. To be fair, it is certain to have been an uncomfortable question since in all likelihood, Reid was among the attendees at the big money affair. It would deny credulity that a Democrat Senate Majority leader trying to hang onto that post would take a pass on the opportunity to hobnob with that many Democrats with so many digits in their bank accounts and a eager willingness to spend it.

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