What The Koch Brothers Say Online But Won’t Say Under Oath

koch brothers exposedWhy will Charles and David Koch produce a video about their position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and not testify before Congress about it? The Koch brothers have refused to answer questions about how they stand to profit from the Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,700-mile long boondoggle that would cut through six states and damage American homes and farmland.

The Koch brothers have an attack-dog website of their own, KochFacts.com, which they have used defensively and reflexively to attack me and others who’ve questioned or investigated the Koch brothers’ vast $100 billion business. The Koch brothers refuse to testify in Congress about their interest in the pipeline, but they’ll make a web video asserting their innocence.

We took the Kochs’ video retreat and added a few facts from the historical record.

Maybe the Koch brothers prefer to let their allies in Congress speak for them? House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. Ed Whitfield got $15,000 in donations from Koch Industries. Is he doing the Koch brothers bidding?

Whitfield is the tip of the iceberg. The Koch brothers and their employees were the single largest oil and gas donors to the committee with jurisdiction over the Keystone XL pipeline. They’ve contributed $279,500 to 22 of the 31 Republicans and $32,000 to five Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to the Los Angeles Times. It makes sense then that Whitfield and his cohorts would shy away from biting the hand that feeds them.

But the Koch brothers admit their business interests in Keystone. A Koch company website confesses to being among the “largest crude oil purchasers, shippers and exporters” at the pipeline’s starting point in Northwest Canada.

What’s stopping the Koch brothers from testifying under oath in Congress? Apparently the Koch brothers are OK publishing statements on KochFacts.com that they won’t repeat in Congress. Why won’t they testify before Congress and put the issue to rest?

Activism around the Keystone pipeline has put the Koch brothers on the defensive. We need to continue insisting the Koch brothers testify in Congress. If they’ll make a video about the Keystone XL pipeline, why can’t they testify about their interest in it?

I invite you to join the conversation with me on Twitter and on our Koch Brothers Exposed page on Facebook.

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  • Ceausescu

    The facial expression of the politician defending the “bro’z” when saying “nothing to do” at 0:56 – 0:57 makes him look such a pathetic liar..

  • sebjamar

    They have literally billions of dollars and it only takes $15,000 to buy a congressman? That’s a bargain.

    • http://twitter.com/anarcho anarcho

      I know it looks kind of pathetic,  doesn’t it?  That is because it is not merely the amount of money that is the issue,  but what congressman speaks for what elite interest,  because that is the job – the money is merely the icing on the cake,  so to speak.  So the money is merely a signal that they are doing a good job for their master(s) (and sometimes a lot of it is swallowed in whatever propaganda campaign which hoodwinks the people),  the real issue is that they are whatever chosen person by what ever elite interest. That is why it looks ridiculous sometimes (the amount of money),  it is not a matter of the amount – it is what elite interest chooses who (some get massive amounts and they are the criminals on display, they are the real darlings, and some get small amounts because they are merely doing their jobs). 

      That is why we are not dealing primarily with corruption,  because these fellows were playing by the rules of the game. Part of the game is to make the American people,  the 99% believe that they have some influence,  but they don’t – so you have these exchanges like the one between the supporter of the Koch’s and the so-called opposition,  it is just a ruse (just like there is really no democrat or republican,  or left and right among these officials) – it is all a show and you are the duped audience that is supposed to be entertained.  This is why we have so much talk about so-called “corruption,”  because people think it is rife – which means that there is supposed to be some great hope out there,  but there’s not, it is the nature of the deceptive system. People need to wake up and understand the nature of the system they are dealing with,  otherwise you are just on a never ending merry go round until you drop dead and fall off the wooden horse.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM

      • gwen jackson

         I wish i could “like” your post 4 or 5 more times…<3

    • gwen jackson

      lol, i was just thinking the same thing.
      I’ve long ago accepted that our elected officials are nothing but whores, but I AM consistently surprised that they are such CHEAP whores.
      The direct contributions only seem low because gov’t officials make their real $ in the blatant insider trading/conflicts of interest that the idiotic American public tolerates so amiably while they’re distracted by constant stupid debates about unborn parasites (“babies”, if you insist) and whether or not boys should be allowed to kiss other boys. 
      USA! USA! we’re number 1, woooooo!