The Koch Brothers have been quietly involved with changing the direction of our governmental system for the pass four or five decades. Americans are just beginning to recognize their names, and most of us are unfamiliar with the impact they have had on our the political scene. The fact that they (David and Charles Koch) were responsible for a quarter of all the private money spent to influence 2012 elections should motivate us to find out more about them.
There will be a a screening of the documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 edition” on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at noon at the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, NY. (It is just off of Chemung Street.) The showing is free and open to the public. There will be a discussion of the video after viewing.
The film “pulls the curtain on the ultra conservative billionaires who are intent on influencing the November elections.” The showing is a cooperative effort between MoveOn.org and Citizens Action of NY. You can view the ‘official trailer’ at Brave New World website. If you don’t live near Corning, you can to MoveOn.Org and find other places that will be showing the video.
“Citizen Koch” is another new Koch documentary. It focuses on their involvement with Governor Scott Walker weakening of the unions in Wisconsin. The film has recently been shown in Rochester and Ithaca, and will be shown in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on July 2. Here is a trailer and a review for “Citizen Koch”.
Besides the two movies there are many books about the Brothers available. The most recent one is “Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty” which was published in May. Written by David Schulman of progressive Mother Jones , the New York Times review wrote, ““Sons of Wichita” may strike some readers as surprisingly pro-Koch.”
There are other biographies of the Brothers, including “The Koch Brothers: A Short History” which is $2.99 on Kindle.“The Koch Club”, also on Kindle for 99¢, looks at the political and chariatable donations the family have made.
The Kochs’ money seems to flow into every governmental level, from presidential campaigns to local town board campaigns where there are gas leases or mining involved. They have donated to Rep. Tom Reed’s campaigns, even before he was first elected.
A theme that appears in all the publications about the Kochs is they are very private and they want to keep it that way. In the Citizen Koch movie trailer someone said, “ “The point of it is to spend money in elections without telling who you are.”
Another theme is that they have hijacked the republican party. A woman from Wisconsin summed up the feeling of many when she said “I am a republican. What I voted for is not what I got.” Their goal is not to just take over one party; they want to take over.
When writing about then politics of our congressional district, the New NY 23rd have written articles that have included information about the Koch Brothers. One “Koch Bros, Halliburton, Chesapeake and Rep. Tom Reed” looks at the financial relationship between the Oil/Gas Industry and our congressman.
Be on the outlook for more information about the Koch Brothers on the New NY 23rd.