From Mother Jones:

The billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, spread their money far and wide. They fund free-market think tanks, right-leaning academic organizations, and conservative political advocacy groups, such as the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which helped cultivate the tea party. The political action committee for the Kochs’ massive conglomerate, Koch Industries, has also given generously to big-name conservative politicians throughout the country at both the federal and state level. But when it comes to the 2012 presidential race, the Kochs have been more selective with their giving, with only one presidential candidate so far benefiting from their largesse: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

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In late May, KochPAC, as Koch Industries’ PAC is known, donated $10,000 in one day to Bachmann-linked committees—$5,000 to her 2012 congressional re-election committee and $5,000 to her political action committee, MICHELE PAC, according to the most recent records available. (That’s short for Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere PAC.)


It’s unclear whether KochPAC has also donated to Bachmann’s presidential committee, which was created in June after she officially unveiled her candidacy. Her campaign has yet to report contributions and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. But it is worth noting that Bachmann can, under FEC rules, transfer her congressional campaign funds into her presidential war chest, since she suspended her congressional fundraising operation last month. When Bachmann does reveal her latest fundraising haul, a large chunk of it is expected to come from her congressional campaign.

According to campaign records, Bachmann is the only Republican in the presidential race who has received any money from KochPAC in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the committee did give $50,000 to Texans for Rick Perry, a PAC that supports Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is flirting with the idea of a presidential run but has yet to decide. Indeed, the only other Republican candidate with a history of KochPAC support is hard-line former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.


The candidate who previously appeared to closest to the billionaire brothers was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It’s been previously reported that Romney counted David as a supporter; according to iWatch News, David and his wife even hosted an event at their Hamptons home last August in support of Romney. In April, Romney spoke at a GOP presidential cattle call hosted by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group David founded. And in the last presidential election, David and his wife each gave the maximum $2,300 donation to Romney’s campaign.


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has made no secret of her position against environmental regulation, even going so far as to propose renaming the Environmental Protection Agency as “the Job-Killing Organization of America” during a Republican primary debate.

A glance at her campaign finance records provides some clues as to why she ignores that environmental protections create jobs to take up such a radical stance on environmental deregulation.

Bachmann’s top campaign donors include one of the nation’s largest corporate polluters, Koch Industries.


The Koch brothers’ environmental track recordexplains the attraction to the Minnesota congresswoman:

– Koch Industries has faced over $55 million in civil fine and settlement fees stemming from various oil spills, pollution incidents, and industry cover-ups, including one case in which the corporation was found guilty of negligence and malice in the deaths of two Texas teens in a gas-leak explosion.

– Over 13 Superfund sites currently listed are linked to Koch Industries or one of its subsidiaries.

– They directly lobbied against environmental protection legislation, including the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Act, Clean Air Protection Act and the Superfund Polluter Pays Act.

– Koch Industries and their subsidiaries are attacking current EPA regulations in order to pursue greater profits, ranging from the disclosure of unit-specific or facility-specific greenhouse pollution, national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants from industrial boilers, all of the crude-oil, data-reporting requirements, tighter water-quality standards for stream-dumping, and the monitoring of chemical plant greenhouse pollution.

– An air-pollution study ranks the company 10th on the list of the top 100 air polluters in 2010.

– Koch Industries may face additional costs of anywhere between $1 billion and $40 billion if Congress passed legislation to regulate carbon emissions, according to ThinkProgress estimates.

– Since 1997, the Koch brothers have spent $55 million supporting climate-change skeptics, including the CATO Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Prosperity, and the “Hot Air” Movement.

– After Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli announced that he would be suing the EPA over its claim that climate change endangers human health, David Koch gave the following remark: “In the interest of full disclosure, I figured we may as well let the world know how proud we are of our investment in this guy.” Koch Industries donated $2,500 to Cuccinelli’s 2010 campaign, and the attorney general attended the infamous Koch retreat in Colorado this summer.

It’s no surprise that Bachmann voted for an amendment to the U.S. House spending bill that would stop the agency from regulating greenhouse gases through the end of 2011. Add to that her championing of the infamous climate skeptic, Chris Horner, from the Competitive Enterprise Institute — which has received over $700,000 from the Kochs. In Bachmann, corporate polluters have an anti-science champion eager to defend their toxic interests.


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41 responses to “Koch-conspirators

  1. GreenApples

    What’s up? No poster? Drat!!!
    I come here for the artwork! 🙂

    • you can’t see the poster, apples?

      • GreenApples

        nope. ;(

        • Maybe if you refreshed?

          • GreenApples

            Tried that. I dunno. I first noticed it when there was no pic on my email notification, I’ve left and reentered twice and still no pic. i see the link to the ‘original advertisement’ but no pic in the article. I have nothing new on my puter and am using the same ole browser. Strange indeed!!!

            • i don’t understand. i didn’t change any of the settings on photobucket, so i don’t know why you can’t see it. do you have no script or something like that that will block images unless you say to allow them? is there no pic at all, or is there one of those little blank boxes? i don’t know why i’m asking all these questions, because i won’t know how to diagnose it anyway. however, maybe one of the techie raisinettes will be able to.

            • apples, you’re not the only one who can’t see the poster. someone over at the big orange can see all of them except for that one. i can’t figure out what the problem is.

              • GreenApples

                No, I cant see anything. Not even the empty box. I jjust sent you an email with screen shots so maybe that will help. 😉 Note that I didn’t get the pic in the email as I usually do.

  2. Sara

    Great earrings on Michele!

    • so glad you like them, sara. they were actually a necklace, but i repurposed them. i was going to use the usual batshit earrings, but i thought these fit the retro feel of the poster better.

  3. Right now, I think Romney’s gonna be the guy. She’ll weird too many people out.

    • i think it might be gov little ricky goodhair. they’ve already paid for him, and the party elders and the teabaggers hate mittsie.

    • jean-philippe

      Romney and Bachmann will implode… Perry will get it. But… a lot of people in 1995 couldn’t believe Bob Dole could end up with the nomination…

      So I guess logic is useless to predict the winner…

  4. jeb

    they know how to cover their bets and their asses. in the end, whoever is the rethug standard-bearer will be a wholly owned subsidiary of koch-caca.

    • if more people knew about all this, they would take to the streets and kick the asses of the teabaggers. i wish more people paid attention.

  5. johncerickson

    Is that a teapot on Bachmann’s dress, to the right of the “Pick Me” button?
    Ya know, I used to joke about their being an IQ test for government – if you scored below a certain number, you got in. That joke is starting to ring WAY too true these days……
    By the by, if you need models for your bats, our church is getting very batty. As in, we literally have bats in the belfry – and the attic, and the eaves, and occasionally in the 2nd floor gallery! If they don’t get a relocator out some time soon, would you like a few? 😀

    • yes, that’s the teapot pin, john. i’ve used it several times in the past. i think a low iq is a requirement now if you want to be in the rethuglican party. it’s not just the politicians. how bright can you possibly be to vote for botox batshit bachmann, louie the gohmert, steve king, virginia so-not-a foxx, wanker walker, paul lepage, etc.?

      i think i’ll pass on the bats. why not have them relocated to bbb’s next campaign stop?

    • Hey John, I was thinking about you today when my brother-in-law got me to bring my oddball firearm asst. out to his gun spot on a hill out in the cowlands. We exercised them and his budy had ammo for a 1936 Ruskie 7.6 I traded for in the 70s and had never fired. He had a Henry repeater, a Sharps buffalo rifle, various deer and shotgun items, including an old single shot 12 guage my roomate left which after firing I slid the lever over and it went into three pieces ( we had to take a photo). But best of all, his buddy George brought an M1 Girrand, loaded up eight rounds and told me to fire them all off. Kind of makes you think about how many axis types got to feel the recieving end of it. And then it ejected the clip….

      • johncerickson

        Oh, the dreaded M1 “ping”. That lovely sound, when you’ve been curled up in your stahlhelm, waiting for the Yanks to reload. An old trick – carry an empty clip, fire off a few rounds, then drop it. When the German pops up, nail him. My answer? Fire 3 rounds from my Mauser, slip one round back in quickly, then fire 2 more. GI Joe rises up, cause you’ve fired 5 and you’re empty. SURPRISE! I got more Yanks that way.
        Then there was the day we were doing a Brit display, my sergeant’s FN-FAL was on the blink, and I fired about 5 times more rounds per 15 seconds, using a bolt-action WW1-vintage Lee-Enfield, then he could with the FN. Not a happy man, the sarge……

  6. Whoah! That is one jaw-dropping list of Koch nastiness.
    I had no idea the expanse of their trail of toxic deadliness.
    What a hypocrite Bachmann is with her many many many children & foster children….
    What parent does not feel an obligation to leave a decent nest (planet) for their baby birds?

    This is the stuff that makes me crazy– alleged pro lifers– wanting us to have babies & lots of them, but at the same time see no problem with toxic drinking water & air.

    Does no one else notice the grand canyon sized disconnect??

    • the kochs leave a slimy trail like snails everywhere they go.

      • As someone who spent his research career studying snails, I can say that’s an insult to snails.

        Also, there is now a “Bachmann Batshit Overdrive” page on Facebook, so I promoted this poster there. Hope you get lots of hits!

        • i apologize to snails. i tried escargot once, and i spit out. blehhh! i have never eaten one since, and i never will. maybe the snails will forgive me now.

          thanks so much for posting the nonsense on facebook, neon vincent. it’s funny. sometimes, there are tons of hits, and sometimes just a few. either way, it’s much appreciated. ♥

  7. I remember that Texas case mentioned. It was in east Texas and a teenage girl and her boyfriend smelled it first and were warning all close enough to hear and decided to drive off and warn others. As soon as he turned that ignition key half the town was destroyed and both incinerated….Now the subject of “relaxing regulations” would be DOA out here. We have great streams and rivers full of snow melt, clear azure blue skys, a local mindset that will not let developers ruin out great foothill way of life. And none of those poisonous frack wells that I left behind in Tarrant/Johnson county area that were giving us daily earthquakes and befouling well water. Weather changes? Would BB like to explain to me why the Sacramento TV stations twice in June were doing tornado outbreak coverage? (I thought this was in my past!) Just thinking the other day, since BB has the big guy on speed dial, and experts out here say only 10% of the gold has been found in the Sierra, could you ask him where it is so I can be super rich too? I will pay a finder fee.

    • i read that after the teenagers died, the koch brothers sent out pamphlets about the safety of the pipeline. i think they use the same pr firm as bp and uncle rupie. it seems like people like them don’t feel like they ever have to apologize for anything.

  8. So what does Koch PAC stand for? Kings of Conservative Hookers? Ku-Klux-Klan of Conservative Hell? Feel free to come up with your own.

    I for one take solace in the fact that time is the real enemy, and that eventually all tyrants, no matter how powerful they may have been in life, wind up rotting away in unmarked graves. That and what goes around, comes around…

    You know it breaks my heart to know that every time I buy underwear I support these bastards. They own Lyrca? Try finding underwear or socks with out that in it LOL

  9. Koch Caca mmm… 🙂

  10. 😆 I love her button “pick me!” Very nice choice for the picture. Hahaha

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