Summary It appears that Republicans have found their own pair of billionaire brothers to demonize this election cycle. While Democrats hammer away at the influence of the Koch brothers, conservatives are swinging back by pointing to the liberal campaign activism and free-spending ways of the wealthy Steyer brothers, Jim and Tom.
Summary California activist Jim Steyer is following his billionaire little brother into national politics -- he's launching a political advocacy group, and a super PAC may follow. Their issues -- education, the environment, poverty -- are decidedly second tier, said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist. The Koch brothers, by contrast, "pay attention to the story of the day," he said, and latch on to "front-burner issues" to draw in grass-roots activists and amplify their own political influence.
Summary Perhaps the better question is this: would the Senate Majority Leader care about ethics and rules in the first place? The use of Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited. It is the responsibility of each Senator, Committee Chairman (on behalf of the committee), Officer of the Senate, or office head to oversee the use of the Internet Services by his or her office and to ensure that the use of the services is consistent with the requirements established by this policy and applicable laws and regulations.
Summary The chairman and CEO of Koch Industries decried the actions of collectivists, who he said "stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives." He also claimed that his opponents offer personal attacks rather than a "free and open debate." Koch touted the achievements of the Wichita-based Koch Industries, which employs 60,000 Americans and has won numerous environmental awards, he wrote, while arguing against the "government handout" of the ethanol tax credit.
Summary "The Koch brothers are one of the biggest polluters in the country." What the researchers at Amherst do is tie each plant to its corporate owner and come up with a total score for a company. "The match of facilities to the companies that own them is a substantial effort for us," said Michael Ash, chair of the economics department at UMass-Amherst and head of the project.
Summary Following weeks of Democratic attacks -- including barbs from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. -- billionaire industrialist Charles Koch fired back with a response in the Wall Street Journal. However, we don't think most people would naturally assume that's what Koch meant when he said he had only recently engaged in the political process. Charles Koch wrote that "it was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process."
Summary In a rare public moment, Charles Koch, one of the most prominent Republican mega-donors and one-half of the Koch brothers duo, spoke out this morning -- not against Democrats or liberals -- but against "collectivists," saying they "promise heaven but deliver hell." Major political donors -- like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson or George Soros -- spend most of their time trying to stay out of the public eye, making this op-ed an uncommon glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential people in campaign finance. The op-ed piece grabbed the attention of senators on both sides of the aisle.
Summary Koch Industries, the wide-reaching and politically influential private company run by billionaire brothers David and Charles, is diversifying. In a cryptic job listing that went out today to a New York City improv theater, aspiring comedians were offered the opportunity to be involved in a "travel gig" later this month. "Koch Industries wants to identify current and emerging social and economic issues and the underlying emotional drivers and motivations behind them," said the vague casting notice, via the branding company Firefly .
Summary Today Republican Senator Jerry Moran took to the Senate floor to read the full op-ed submitted to The Wall Street Journal by Charles Koch, and Harry Reid used this to slam the GOP for "falling over themselves" at every turn to do the bidding of the Koch brothers. Moran railed against the liberal attacks on the Kochs (Koch Industries is based in Kansas, the state Moran represents), and read the entire op-ed into the congressional record.
Summary RUSH: I led off the program today, one hour ago, with a piece by Charles Koch in the Wall Street Journal in which he details how he has basically devoted his life to learning about, studying, and facilitating the notion of people improving their lives. That is one of the many intended purposes of the Supreme Court. But now the left even tries to use the Supreme Court to do the exact opposite of that, and that is to enforce their view on the restrictions of individual freedom that they support. .
Summary WASHINGTON (AP) -- A seniors group that received almost $16 million from the conservative Koch brothers is running ads that the billionaire siblings do not support. For example, the 60 Plus Association has an ad aimed at derailing a proposal to scrap mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. An official inside Freedom Partners says that is not a goal that Charles and David Koch share.