Do monsters get any meaner than Godzilla and King Kong? You bet! Charles and David Koch are ginormous and superbad. Just ask Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
“When you make billions of dollars a year, you can be as immoral and dishonest as your money will allow you to be,” the Nevadan said February 26 on the Senate floor. “These two brothers,” Reid added, “are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.”
San Francisco billionaire and Democratic campaign contributor Tom Steyer told Men’s Journal that David Koch is “just a famously evil person!”
For his part, Steyer earned some $1.5 billion in hedge funds. He plans to spend $100 million to support candidates who share his obsession with so-called global warming. Steyer’s political giving is fine to Reid and other Democrats, as are the dollars that currency speculator George Soros pours into left-wing causes. According to a 2010 report by the Media Research Center, “He’s given more than $550 million to fund the liberal infrastructure in the United States — pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-gay marriage, pro-drug legalization, pro-union and pro-government-funded media as well as anti-faith, anti-death penalty and as anti-conservative as they come.”
And yet the Kochs’ money is an injection of sulfuric acid into the body politic. Never mind that OpenSecrets.org ranks Koch Industries (and its $18.14 million) as No. 59 on its list of “Heavy Hitters
” who gave to candidates, parties, and leadership PACs between 1989 and 2014. The 58 bigger donors are overwhelmingly pro-Democrat and labor-union-dominated.
The ten Heaviest Hitters gave some $535 million over those 15 years and are described as either “fence sitters” or “strongly” to “solidly Dem,” as opposed to the “solidly Repub” Kochs. (The Kochs’ personal donations to outside conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity are not counted here, nor are George Soros’s gifts to liberal organizations like MoveOn.org.)
Here’s what the Left thinks when they hear the words “Koch Brothers.”
Singer/activist Harry Belafonte may be the Kochs’ bitterest foe.
“They make up the heart and the thinking in the minds of those who would belong to the Ku Klux Klan,” he fumed at a November 3 campaign rally for then-candidate and now New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. “They are white supremacists. They are men of evil. They have names. . . . The Koch brothers — that’s their name.”
Democrat de Blasio followed Belafonte on stage and said nothing to distance himself from this racial Vesuvius. Indeed, de Blasio lauded Belafonte as “a treasure to our nation” and “a voice of a wisdom that’s deeper than any wisdom we need in our day-to-day life.”
The Kochs’ critics are free to disagree with the Kansas industrialists and their libertarian ideas. However, most who despise the Kochs would be shocked by what these “greedy capitalists” do with their profits — beyond campaign donations.
For starters, the Kochs support university programs and think tanks that try “to understand the nature of human freedom and how that freedom leads to prosperity,” as the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) explains. (Full disclosure: I have addressed the Koch Summer Fellows Program and collaborated for decades with market-oriented non-profits that enjoy the Kochs’ generosity.)