As much as we think we know about the infamous Koch brothers, there is a lot we don't know. But thanks to the Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, we are now more informed about how they've been spending their billions.
For example, money went to the NRA, NFIB, the Chamber of Commerce, Koch cut-outs, Generation Opportunity (youth propaganda machine), the tea party, the Heritage Foundation, and the California (and probably more) ballot initiative subverter, CPPR, along with old stand-bys like 60+.
Today, the Koch-funded "Freedom Partners," which secretly distributed $250 million during the 2012 election season, posted its first federal tax report which uncloaked several Koch-related entities that were previously unknown. [...]
The new-ish organization, formally known as "Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce," lists five entities which it owned 100% of:
The "American Entrepreneur Fund LLC," which had assets of $885,316 and whose activities are listed as simply as "projects"
The "American Enterprise Group LLC," which had assets of $424,975 and whose activities are listed as "management"
The "American Strategies Group LLC," which had assets of $97,714 and whose activities are listed as "public outreach"
The "MIC LLC," with assets of $25,000 and whose job was "research"
And, "American Strategic Innovations LLC," with assets of $4,976, whose job was also research
Here are a few revelations, with more details at the link:
- The Koch-fueled "Center to Protect Patient Rights" (CPPR) got more than $100 million last year.
- The not-so-independent National Federation of Independent Businesses claims to represent small business owners. It is the antithesis of being funded by the family fortune of one of biggest billionaire corporations in the world, Koch Industries.
- The Kochs have claimed no role on gun policy; the NRA got millions. As controversy has grown over the role of the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in pushing so-called "Stand Your Ground" legislation, Koch Industries has repeatedly issued denouncements that it has any role in gun policies.
In addition to these, the Freedom Fund Chamber of Commerce spent another $50 million on other groups, cumulatively, some of which are well known and some of which have flown below the public's radar.
Again, among those groups are the "Tea Party Patriots" operating out of Woodstock, Georgia; "The Republican Jewish Coalition"; the "Heritage Action for America, Inc.," connected to the Heritage Foundation, which has deep Koch connections; and "The National Right to Work Committee," who received $1,000,000 for pushing anti-worker, union-busting measures.
Money talks. We need to talk back, only louder.