At last week’s States and Nation Policy Summit, the American Legislative Exchange Council doubled down on its latest strategy of protecting the fossil fuel industry by blacklisting “woke” companies that embrace climate protection goals.
Koch’s Political Ground Game Came up Short in 2022
Charles Koch’s political operation had a rough year. Despite the billionaire’s huge investments in Americans for Prosperity, his political and advocacy organization, and its super PAC, AFP Action, scored few electoral gains in the midterms and suffered major legislative defeats in Congress.
Charles Koch Distributes $82 Million to 140 Colleges and Universities
Billionaire Charles Koch’s personal foundation disclosed $81.7 million in grants to 140 colleges and universities in its 2021 IRS filing.
“Dark Money ATM” Injected Right-Wing Groups with $123 Million in 2021
DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, the favorite donor conduits of the Koch political network, distributed $123 million in grants in 2021 to right-wing advocacy groups, litigation centers, media outlets, climate deniers, extremists, pro-gun groups, and other tax-exempt organizations that make up America’s right-wing infrastructure, the latest tax filings from both groups detail.
Koch Group Fails to Stop Medicaid Expansion Amendment in South Dakota
Americans for Prosperity, the right-wing astroturf operation backed by billionaire Charles Koch, suffered a defeat in South Dakota on Tuesday when 56% of voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
Koch-Funded Legal Group Fights to Protect Online Covid Misinformation
A litigation group funded by Charles Koch is helping propagators of Covid-19-related misinformation sue the Biden administration over what it calls “censorship” on social media.
Koch’s Political Operation Bets Big On Direct Voter Contact in Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race
As outside groups spend millions of dollars on TV ads in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race of incumbent Ron Johnson (R) against challenger Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (D), a super PAC backed by Charles Koch and Koch Industries is relying instead on direct voter contact.
State Policy Network and Affiliates Raises $152 Million Annually to Push Right-Wing Policies
The $152 million represents a 27% increase over the $120 million CMD calculated the network brought in almost three years ago.
Koch Subsidiary Supplier of JUUL Vaping Products Announces Layoffs
Phillips-Medisize, a subsidiary of the Koch Industries company Molex, has laid off 99 workers at its Hudson, Wisconsin factory, which produces plastic cartridges for JUUL e-cigarettes.
Charles Koch’s Shape-Shifting Influence Machine
Charles Koch’s massive influence network is undergoing yet another round of restructuring this year.