The billionaire fossil fuel executive and GOP megadonor has spent his entire adult life financing partisan politics, right-wing think tanks, and ideological education programs. At 85, that's unlikely to change.
After canceling its plans for an in-person meeting, ALEC opened its annual policy summit online yesterday to consider a wide variety of measures to limit governors’ power to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, stop a bailout for hard-hit states, and lock in a nine-member Supreme Court, provide trainings to help its overwhelmingly Republican members run better campaigns.
The preferred funding conduits of the Koch political donor network gave out $165 million in grants in 2019, $90 million of which went to right-wing think tanks, advocacy groups, litigation centers, media outlets, extremists, and climate deniers.
IRS filings obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy show that the Charles Koch Foundation gave $141 million to universities and colleges, right-wing organizations, and other causes in 2019.
Charles Koch and his political network won at least 82 percent of the 439 candidates it invested in in the 2020 election cycle, according to an analysis of results by the Center for Media and Democracy.
Voters in Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, and California passed ballot initiatives that boost renewables and challenge fossil fuel interests.
A close examination of campaign finance disclosures by KochPAC, AFP Action, and other data by the Center for Media and Democracy reveals that Koch is supporting at least 435 candidates in 2020.
Five right-wing funders provided 83 percent of the traceable cash between 2014-2019 for the group’s efforts to crush public employee unions, question climate science, undermine the Affordable Care Act, and privatize schools.
Owner of Mountaire Farms, one of the nation’s largest poultry processors with multiple COVID-19 outbreaks, gives millions to American for Prosperity’s PAC, which is advocating for state and federal legislation to protect employers with workplace coronavirus cases.
The American Legislative Exchange Council holds its Annual Meeting virtually over the next two weeks after its original location, Florida, became the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.