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Sunday, January 30, 2011

New link: Koch Watch -- Greatest threat to democracy and national security

I have added a new link in the list at left.  That site is devoted to making sure we all know what the Kochs are up to -- here are some recent additions:

Show Your Displeasure:  Boycott These Koch Products

Koch companies' products are everywhere we look -- in our offices, homes and backyards. We walk on them. Wear Them. Eat off them. We use them to clean spills or to keep spills from staining. Chances are, nearly every store you walk into sell a Koch company product. Next time you shop, be on the lookout for these familiar brands:

Huffington Post: Koch Brothers Palm Springs Gathering Draws Right-Wing Billionaires

January 28, 2011- Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch are hosting their bi-annual secret gathering of right-wing billionaires at the Rancho Mirage Resort in Palm Springs this Sunday, January 30, 2011. The tycoons of Koch Industries, a private multi-industry company, are also well-known for their support of the Tea Party through their foundation Americans for Prosperity.

Think Progress: Exclusive: Koch Industries Promises To Double Money Raised This Weekend, 40% Of Donors Will Be New

January 27, 2011- Last October, ThinkProgress helped break the story about the secretive twice annual meetings convened by Koch Industries owners Charles and David Koch. The meetings — which have been attended by top bankers, oil industry executives, two Supreme Court justices, Republican leaders, conservative fundraisers, and hate talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — have been forums for election-related coordination and political strategy. In addition to judges, “journalists” like Tim Carney, Stephen Moore, and Michael Barone have attended the meetings and received funding from the Koch donors. The next event is this weekend in Rancho Mirage, California.

AFL-CIO Now Blog: Unmasking the Billionaire Caucus—Watch Live

by Tula Connell, January 27, 2011

A handful of people with very deep pockets operate behind closed doors to attack the gains made by working people and advance their own selfish interests at the expense of our nation’s democracy. The Koch brothers are among them.

This weekend, as billionaires David and Charles Koch convene a meeting of 200 massively wealthy business and conservative activists for the eighth straight year, the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause is holding a series of counter events.

Alternet: Angry [didn't look all that angry to me]Progressive Coalition to Protest Billionaire Gathering Hosted by Koch Brothers, Major Tea Party Funders

Progressives are planning a huge event to raise awareness about the Kochs and their billionaire cronies, and peacefully marching to give an alternative to their hard-right agenda.

January 16, 2011- Increasingly, Democrats, liberals and progressives are coming to understand that the Koch brothers, a secretive right-wing billionaire family that pours limitless money into virtually every destructive anti-democratic initiative affecting tens of millions of Americans, are "Public Enemy Number One."

RAW Story: Progressives to ‘uncloak’ the secret financers behind the Tea party

January 16, 2011- Progressive and liberal activists are planning at the end of the month to confront the secretive billionaire family that finances the so-called Tea party movement and a host of other right-wing causes and institutions.

"Our government is supposed to be of, by and for the people. So are you ready to take it back?" an invitation for the "Uncloaking the Kochs" event asked.

Think Progress: Fulfilling Father’s Campaign To Segregate Public Schools, Koch Groups End Successful Integration Program In NC

January 12, 2011- Today in the Washington Post, reporter Stephanie McCrummen detailed how a right-wing campaign in the Wake County area of North Carolina has taken over the school board with a pledge to end a very successful socio-economic integration plan. The integration plan, which created thriving schools in poor African-American parts of the school district, along with achieving diversity in schools located in wealthy white enclaves, was a model for the nation. However, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the Tea Party group founded and funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, worked with local right-wing financier (and AFP board member) Art Pope to fundamentally change Wake County’s school board:

Think Progress: Tea Party Billionaire David Koch Denies Climate Change, Shrugs Off His Carbon Pollution

Exclusive: Polluter Billionaire David Koch Says Tea Party ‘Rank And File Are Just Normal People Like Us’

January 6, 2011- Yesterday, David Koch — one of the richest men in America, co-owner of the conglomerate Koch Industries, and a top financier of right-wing front groups — attended the swearing-in ceremony for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and also hosted a party for the new Republican majority he helped bankroll.

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