David Koch

Busting the Kochtopus

There is a great piece out in the August 30, 2010 New Yorker entitled, "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama," that describes two siblings who've managed, on the whole, to remain invisible to the vast majority of Americans despite their tied-ranking as the 3rd richest people in the United States.

I would not want to choreograph this:

[update - CM!] Scratch this whole post, except for the last sentence, since Michelle Obama will not be there according to Bloomberg's revised story. I wonder why not? snickers...

Tonight, there will be a very odd ceremony featuring the First Lady and honoring one of President Obama's most ardent political enemies, David Koch. For those of you that are unaware, Koch has funded so many right wing political groups that it is hard to keep track of them all.

Bloomberg is reporting that the First Lady is expected to pay tribute to David Koch, the right-wing oil and manufacturing billionaire who bankrolled and founded Americans for Prosperity (AFP). With Koch’s funding, AFP has been the leading group orchestrating anti-Obama tea party protests. While Koch funds radical conservative causes, he will be honored tonight for his generous donations to the arts and his funding of the ballet theater:

Koch said he has given $500,000 a year in donations and millions more to help fund individual ballets. The ABT reported a deficit of about $882,000 in 2009 on a budget of $37 million. Koch gave a matching grant of $2.5 million for ABT’s $5 million production of “The Nutcracker,” which it will present in lieu of a fall season.

Last year, shortly before Koch-funded groups organized protests featuring signs comparing health reform to the Holocaust, Koch took credit for creating the right-wing tea party movement in a speech to his Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

I would not want to be trying to work out the details on this odd happening, though it might be fun to enjoy the back stage theatrics of it all... And you can expect to see a lot more on David Koch, Koch Industries and many of his fake grassroots campaigns coming your way very soon at ePluribus Media.

Have a Koch and a smile

TPM pushed this one up to the traditional media and Maddow kicks it up a notch:

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TPMmuckraker's story yesterday about Koch Industries preemptively alerting the press that the mega-company does not fund tea parties -- despite the fact that it backs one of the major tea party groups -- got the Rachel Maddow treatment last night.