Thursday, September 22, 2011

Greenpeace Exposes the Koch Brothers

Greenpeace has been following the climate killing crusades of the infamous Koch brothers for a long time. Greenpeace has reported on how these brothers have used their vast oil wealth and influence to divert huge sums money for massive misinformation campaigns. The Koch brothers are big funders of right-wing think-tanks such as Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, which they use as part of their propaganda arsenal.

Most recently they reported on a secret meeting of prominent figures at Rancho Mirage in the Californian desert. In June, about 200 key figures in business, energy, the media and law gathered to raise political influence money and fight the Obama administration. According to Politico, some $25 million in donations to Koch-backed groups was pledged at the lunch on the final day, including several individual pledges of $1 million and $12 million by the Koch brothers themselves.

Greenpeace and other organizations sponsored an airship which greeted attendees with the words,"Koch brothers dirty money."

Greenpeace researchers estimated that the 200 or so participants in Aspen contributed more than $61 million to political campaigns between 1990 and 2010. They successfully wielded this influence during the 2010 mid-term elections.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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