Koch Brothers

The Leonard Lopate Show

Spending Time and Money: The Koch Brothers and James Cameron Mitchell on Reading Nabokov

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Find out how the Koch Brothers amassed such large fortunes – and how they’ve been using that money in an attempt to change American politics. John Cameron Mitchell and Denis O’Hare discuss performing a reading of Vladimir Nabokov’s work. Porochista Khakpour talks about The Last Illusion, her fantastical novel about a feral boy coming of age in New York. Plus, our “gurus of how-to,” Al and Larry Ubell, share tips about staying cool in the summer heat – and take your calls and questions about home repair

The Leonard Lopate Show

How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

They built an empire making petrochemicals, spandex, and toilet paper, but until Charles and David Koch started bankrolling the Tea Party movement, little was known about them. Now a new biography goes deep.

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On The Media

Someone Has a Koch Addiction

Friday, April 11, 2014

Democrats have made the Koch Brothers and the millions they've spent on political ads a central issue in midterm elections. Fiery language has been thrown around on both sides, with Harry Reid calling the brothers "un-American" and Charles Koch saying his opponents are "collectivists." Brooke talks with New York Times reporter Carl Hulse, who says the intensity of this clash of the titans is only going to go up.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Koch Brothers' Money and Political Influence

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have spent large sums of money advancing conservative causes and trying to shape the last two elections. Propublica reporter Kim Barker looks at the Koch's complex network of nonprofits,nicknamed the Kochtopus, and their spending plans for the 2014 election.


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de Blasio Supporter Harry Belafonte: Koch Brothers Are Today's KKK

Monday, November 04, 2013


"They are white supremacists. They are men of evil. They have names."

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Conducting Business

In Philanthropy, Why Naming Rights are the Name of the Game

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Some believe naming rights are a necessary part of philanthropy. Others argue that giving should be a selfless, anonymous act. In this podcast, a look at what's driving the trend.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"Citizen Koch" Filmmakers

Friday, May 31, 2013

According to a recent New Yorker piece, the film was halted because of pressure applied on PBS from philanthropist and conservative businessman David Koch

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American Ballet Theater to Return to Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The American Ballet Theater said on Thursday that it has signed a three-year contract to perform at the David H. Koch Theater, ending the company's 15-year perch at New York City Center.

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Opinion: If You Thought Solyndra Was a Money Pit...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Salivating over the Solyndra scandal? Read the rest of the government-money menu first.

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Opinion: Guess Who Hates Obama's Tax on the Super Rich? The Super Rich

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's hard to outspend people whose excessive fortunes rely on them outspending you.

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Opinion: Bravo to Cato for Fighting Back Koch Brothers

Thursday, March 15, 2012

If you're familiar with Cato, you wont be at all surprised that they're trying to fight off a hostile takeover attempt by the Koch brothers. Disagree with them or not, Cato takes it's work very seriously, and doesn't want a couple of fire breathing polemics holding the strings at their beloved think tank.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What the Koch Brothers Want with Cato

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, talked about the organization's relationship with the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, who have filed a lawsuit for control of the libertarian establishment.

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The Takeaway

Koch Industries Sold Millions of Dollars of Petrochemical Equipment to Iran

Monday, October 03, 2011

A six-month investigation by Bloomberg Markets magazine into Koch Industries, one of the world's largest privately held companies, has revealed the highly secretive conglomerate paid bribes to improperly win contracts around the world, and sold millions of dollars worth of petrochemical equipment to Iran. The U.S. government classifies Iran as a sponsor of global terrorism. Koch Industries, which is best known for consumer brands like Lycra, Dixie cups, and Brawny paper towels, is controlled by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers known for financing elements of the Tea Party movement, as well as other libertarian, anti-government causes.