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Nominee to Oversee Wall Street Works at Think Tank Dedicated to Blocking Regulation

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The Koch Bros have once again infiltrated politics, this time with the nomination of Hester Maria Peirce, a member of the think tank, Mercatus Center. Guess who funds it?

Lee Fang via The Intercept:

President Barack Obama recently nominated Hester Maria Peirce to fill a Republican seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

His announcement included her formal title — senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — which sounds a lot like an academic post.

But Peirce, new disclosures show, received 98 percent of her salary directly from the Mercatus Center, a “think tank” that provides an academic façade to a radical anti-regulatory agenda. The Center’s so-called research reflects the lobbying priorities of its corporate funders — chief among them, Koch Industries.

Asked about any potential conflicts of interest given her work for the Mercatus Center, Peirce told The Intercept, “I appreciate you reaching out but I cannot comment at this point.”

The Mercatus Center has been described by the Wall Street Journal “as a coordinating center for lobbyists trying to block a flurry of regulations.” Congressional records show the think tank routinely cited in over a dozen hearings over the last two years by lawmakers seeking to roll back regulations on business interests.

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The Koch Intelligence Agency

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Kenneth P. Vogel writes at Politico:

The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence gathering on its liberal opponents, viewing it as a key strategic tool in its efforts to reshape American public life.

The operation, which is little-known even within the Koch network, gathers what Koch insiders refer to as “competitive intelligence” that is used to try to thwart liberal groups and activists, and to identify potential threats to the expansive network.

The competitive intelligence team has a staff of 25, including one former CIA analyst, and operates from one of the non-descript Koch network offices clustered near the Courthouse metro stop in suburban Arlington, Va. It has provided network officials with documents detailing confidential voter-mobilization plans by major Democrat-aligned groups. It also sends regular “intelligence briefing” emails tracking the canvassing, phone-banking and voter-registration efforts of labor unions, environmental groups and their allies, according to documents reviewed by POLITICO and interviews with a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the group.

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Billionaire Koch Bros. Give Disastrous Interview

This week the Koch brothers gave a rare interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. Not to say it was a pander fest, but it was a total pander fest. Lee Camp explains why the Koch brothers may be the two most evil men in the world. They buy and sell influence, spearheaded the creation of super PACs, and all but admitted to their intention to control government election. Don’t be fooled by their attempted humanizing interview – these are wolves in grandfather’s clothing.

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Al Qaeda Mag Urges Attack on Koch Brothers, Buffett, Bloomberg

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Has Al Qaeda finally found a propaganda strategy that will appeal to the 99% of Americans who aren’t billionaires? NBC News reports that the CIA-created organization is encouraging jihadists to attack the likes of the Koch Brothers (which for the sake of clarity, we do not support despite the Kochs’ and other one-percenters’ obnoxious behavior):

A notorious al Qaeda magazine is encouraging lone-wolf terrorist attacks on U.S. economic leaders, including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Warren Buffett.

The list in Inspire magazine also included industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, internet entrepreneur Larry Ellison, and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. A prominent economist was also on the list but asked that his name be withheld. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was named, though not Janet Yellen, who succeeded him.

Also pictured was Jim Walton, one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, although he was misidentified in the caption as his late father, Sam Walton.

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Koch Brothers Brave Spotlight to Try to Alter Their Image

What would Robert Greenwald say? The New York Times profiles the brothers Koch as they try to recolor themselves in a less devilish hue:

Once known for grim letters to fellow wealthy Americans warning of socialist apocalypse, Charles G. Koch now promotes research on the link between freedom and everyday happiness. Turn on “The Big Bang Theory” or “Morning Joe,” and you are likely to see soft-focus television spots introducing some of the many employees of Koch Industries.

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Instead of trading insults with Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate leader, Mr. Koch and his brother, David H. Koch, are trading compliments with President Obama, who this month praised the Kochs’ support for criminal justice reform at a meeting of the N.A.A.C.P.

After two elections in which Democrats and liberals sought to cast them as the secretive, benighted face of the Republican Party, the Kochs are seeking to remake public perceptions of their family, their business and their politics, unsettling a corporate culture deeply allergic to the spotlight.

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The Koch brothers and the Republican Party go to war — with each other

Now there’s a headline that should bring joy to the hearts of American liberals! Just what is it that’s got the Brothers Koch in a tizzy with the GOP? Yahoo Politics investigates:

The Republican National Committee’s data arm last year called it a “historic” occasion when it struck a deal to share voter information with the Koch brothers’ rapidly expanding political empire.


It was an uneasy détente between the party committee, which views itself as the rightful standard-bearer for the GOP, and the behemoth funded by Charles and David Koch, which is free of the campaign finance restrictions that bind the RNCand plans to spend almost $900 million in the 2016 election cycle to elect a Republican to the White House.

Party leaders, including the current chief digital officer for the RNC, hailed the deal as an important step forward in the GOP’s attempt to modernize itself.

But after the fall midterm elections, the deal was allowed to expire without being renewed.

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Inside the Koch Brothers’ Toxic Empire

koch brothers exposedOnce upon a time Charles and David Koch, the notorious Koch Brothers, were considered to be somewhat under the radar in terms of being the puppet masters of the far right politicians in the United States. In the wake of films like Robert Greenwald’s Koch Brothers Exposed and this expose in Rolling Stone, that is certainly no longer the case:

The enormity of the Koch fortune is no mystery. Brothers Charles and David are each worth more than $40 billion. The electoral influence of the Koch brothers is similarly well-chronicled. The Kochs are our homegrown oligarchs; they’ve cornered the market on Republican politics and are nakedly attempting to buy Congress and the White House. Their political network helped finance the Tea Party and powers today’s GOP. Koch-affiliated organizations raised some $400 million during the 2012 election, and aim to spend another $290 million to elect Republicans in this year’s midterms.

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LISTEN: Leaked Audio Reveals Republican Candidates Cozying Up to the Kochs

Again, I can feel your surprise.

via Policy.Mic:

While Republican candidates have benefitted greatly from the financial assistance of the Koch brothers and their network of mega-donors, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see them owning up to that on the campaign trail.

Behind closed doors, though, is another story. That’s why we get regular leaks from Koch conferences and meetings featuring conservative candidates seemingly kowtowing to a room full of billionaires. It’s what makes the Koch empire the Left’s biggest boogeyman.

But while these leaks make for good campaign soundbites, the real problem isn’t politicians heading to these conferences and retreats. It’s the lax campaign finance rules that make buddying up to donors so damn profitable.

Meanwhile, the Nation got a clip of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaking frankly at a secret Koch-organized meeting. “I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill,” he told those in attendance.

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Net Neutrality Is ‘Marxist,’ According to This Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Why do the notorious Koch Brothers want to end so-called “Net Neutrality” (i.e., the rule that everyone should have equal access with equal speed to the Internet)? Jason Koebler investigates for Motherboard:

A mysterious conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a “grassroots” campaign to kill net neutrality—at one point suggesting that “Marxists” think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea.

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The emails, which come with subject lines like “Stop Obama’s federal Internet takeover,” come from American Commitment, an organization that is nonprofit in name only and has been called out time and time again by journalists and transparency organizations for obscuring where it gets its funding.

In an email I received, American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the “first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether” and says that the FCC is plotting a “federal Internet takeover,” a move that “sounds more like a story coming out of China or Russia.”

The email, sent as an ad to people who have registered to read the Washington Times, asks readers to sign a petition asking FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to acknowledge that reclassifying the internet as a Title II utility is a “lawless Obama administration power grab.”


“Americans have been getting faster and faster Internet speeds because of competition in the free economy, not because of anything the government has done,” the petition reads.

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