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Notable Links Digest – January 30, 2015

The Kochs Ride Again

One sign [America] is still a free country is that a band of like-minded people, devoted to principles they consider essential to the country’s thriving, can get together and try to effect them in public policy.

Unlikely bedfellows unite on criminal justice reform
Yahoo! News

Only one issue in Washington right now could bring together the Koch brothers’ top lawyer, an environmental activist, the former head of the NRA and Sen. Al Franken.

Criminal justice reform.

In a city best known for dysfunction and discord, the issue has stood out as a rare area of common ground between Democrats and Republicans.

Behind the Koch Caricature
National Review Online

In fact, the Kochs are hardly the biggest spenders. In 2012, reports the Center for Responsive Politics (a nonpartisan outlet that tracks political spending), 13 of the 20 most generous organizations making donations to outside spending groups (i.e., those not affiliated with candidates’ official campaigns) leaned Democratic. Koch Industries was No. 136 on that list. The Kochs did not even appear on the list of the top 100 individual donors (to outside spending groups that required the disclosure of donor names — some, such as 501(c)(4)s, do not).

Charles Koch: ‘We don’t rest on our laurels’
Wichita Business Journal

In his speech, Koch said, “Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” but that “we don’t rest on our laurels.” He urged work toward freedom and a “society that maximizes peace, civility and well-being.”

Koch Brother Teams Up With Liberals on Criminal Justice Reform

The Kochs’ commitment in criminal-justice reform dates to the mid-1990s…

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