This is the height of lobbying kept quiet and tax-payers money is being used to pay for it. How many times when we hear about the Southern Legislative Conference has it been mentioned that big corporations donors like the Koch brother’s lobbyist sat on the conference committee discussing and adopting policy positions? Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC is … Continue reading
When I started researching the Southern States Energy Board they reminded me of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); and after having written already three blogs on the SSEB, and still following up with continued research I have information that the Southern State Energy Board is using information produced from ALEC and using that as … Continue reading
For the 2014 election between Koch Companies Public Sector, Charles Koch and family Governor Nikki Haley received $14,000. When previously blogged concerning Nikki Haley receiving donations from Koch Public Sector I didn’t realize that Koch Public Sector and Governor Nikki Haley were members of an energy board. All southern Governors and territories along with other … Continue reading
The numbers speak for themselves, the Council of State Taxation (COST)is not passing interest to the Koch Brothers. Council of State Taxation frequently sues state tax agencies on behalf of corporations while also having a questionable relationship with state administrations Koch Brothers Company Georgia-Pacific sits on the board. Council On Stae Taxtion (COST) Atlant, GA … Continue reading
Koch Industries chaired the EDI Audit Group which produce Model Tax Audit for your State Tax Agencies Administrations – ties to Council on State Taxation (COST) involved Koch Brothers company, Georgia-Pacific currently sits on the Board of COST. Not ALEC, but Koch Industries chaired another group that prepared a model for how your state tax … Continue reading
No imagining this while a Corporate organization files amicus briefs against your state, the very same state agencies are speakers at their annual meeting. An update in addition the National Conference of State Legislatures which are made up of legislature leaders across the country are introducing reports by COST and holding events where this organization ran by corporations are get together and holding panelist discussions on Taxation in your state. COST says their member list was restricted, but I was recently able to locate two different list that include the names of several corporations. Koch Brother’s own companies Koch Companies Services, LLC and Georgia-Pacific are among several corporations on the list. These corporations are also your elective officials campaign contributors. ALEC comes to mind. No influence here, would be an understatement. In the mean time COST is bringing amicus briefs to states around the country but apparently that hasn’t stopped legislature members and state agencies from entertaining them. Continue reading
The assertion that there shouldn’t be any regulations regarding pollution in our communities is ridiculous and what’s just as ridiculous is that the Koch Brothers with all their past and current cases regarding pollution sits on a board that has made itself to be a go between the EPA and states to set up EPA … Continue reading
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 20, 2014 Texas Chemical Plant Agrees to Cut Harmful Air Pollution in Overburdened Community The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur has agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful … Continue reading
Dow Chemical which is also located in South Carolina along with the, Koch Brother’s Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, and 100 other individuals and companies sponsored an Event claiming Pensions Bankrupting Companies A list of well over a hundred corporate donors and other organizations with ties to millions in lobbying and millions in campaign … Continue reading
They tried but Citizen United was unsuccessful in trying to remove a Federal Election Commission (FEC) rule that prohibits business owners from contributing to federal candidate and political committees if they receive Federal Contracts The following comes from information from the FEC website: Prohibited Contributions While most individuals are free to make political contributions, three categories of … Continue reading
Governor Nikki Haley’s campaign donor, the Koch Brother’s company is one of the companies Nikki Haley says will give South Carolina jobs. What she didn’t say is the Koch Brothers are repeat defendants in the state. Just alone in Charleston county the courts there have seen the Koch brother’s company tried in their courts. Georgia-Pacific … Continue reading
501 c 3 groups can’t support candidates and they definitely can’t make score cards that are clearly slanted and are bi-partisan, but apparently that’s exactly what the Koch Brother’s American’s Prosperity Foundation has done, and on the very top of that score card it says ‘Americans for Prosperity Foundation’ and right below it says ‘Scoring’. … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 15, 2013 Middle District of Florida (904) 301-6300 Palatka Man Found Guilty of Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography JACKSONVILLE, FL—Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced that a federal jury in Jacksonville today has found Travis Rocky Dixon (35, Palatka) guilty of receiving and possessing videos of child pornography … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 15, 2013 Southern District of New York (212) 637-2600 Two More Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court in Connection with Russian-American Organized Crime Gambling Enterprise Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Anatoly Golubchik pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013 Public Affairs Specialist Todd Lindgren (513) 979-8347 FBI Statement on Arrest of Fugitive Sar I COLUMBUS—Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), today announced that Sar I, a fugitive suspect in the March 2012 murder of Claudia … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013 Eastern District of Michigan (313) 226-9100 Monroe Couple Sentenced for Interstate Theft and Tax Offenses A husband and wife from Monroe were sentenced today for their roles in a theft and tax violation scheme, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. Judge Marianne O. Battani sentenced John Arthur McCarter, … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013 District of New Mexico (505) 346-7274 Albuquerque Woman Sentenced to Eight Years for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction ALBUQUERQUE—Reyna Carizoza, 51, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, was sentenced this morning to 97 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Carizoza … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013 District of New Mexico (505) 346-7274 Gallup Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison on Second-Degree Murder Conviction Co-Defendant Sentenced to 37 Months for Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction ALBUQUERQUE—Thomas Benally, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, New Mexico, was sentenced to 10 years … Continue reading
U.S. Attorney’s Office November 14, 2013 Southern District of West Virginia (304) 345-2200 Wayne Man Sentenced in Connection with Scheme to Defraud Huntington Small Business Shawn Osburn Created Falsified Work Orders That were Used to Steal More Than $10,000 in Supplies from Huntington-Based Justice Glass and Supply Co. CHARLESTON, WV—A Wayne County man who defrauded … Continue reading
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2013 Northern California Couple Indicted for Filing False Claims for Refunds and for Filing Liens Against the IRS Commissioner Robert Eldon Robertson and his wife Esther Lynne Robertson of Manteca, Calif., were indicted on charges of filing two false claims for federal … Continue reading
Recent information attain shows 1551 Websites belonging to FreedomWorks. Among those 1551 websites, 181 of those websites are listed as being PACs. Continue reading
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2013 Pittsburgh Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Tax Obstruction Michael Carlow, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., was sentenced today to serve 35 months in prison for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Justice Department and IRS announced. … Continue reading
Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2013 Former Miami Mortgage Broker and Real Estate Agent Sentenced for Role in Multimillion-Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme A former Florida-licensed real estate associate and mortgage broker was sentenced to serve 135 months in prison for his role in a $2.4 million mortgage … Continue reading
Is it a violation using a federally and state funded institution to plan conferences; host conferences; provide building location; use tuitions and tax payer’s money, uses school address; use business hours, to represent partisan ideals/politics of political organizations and think tanks who come together to discussed issues that concern them. The Koch Brothers have been known to host events to discuss their latest agenda. No surprise the Koch Brothers’s Charles Koch Foundation has a seat on the APEE’s executive board. Continue reading
What was missing from a bill that Governor Nikki Haley would veto? A business lobbyist/campaign contributor was missing. When did it become Ok for those who make contribution to candidates and lobby can also have a direct hand in how things are govern? Even the American Legislative Exchange Council still lies about their actions even though … Continue reading
I did not know there was any interest in this particular blog post until I saw it posted on another organizations website twice but my name was missing or any reference to my website was missing. This blog was posted in its entirety without any mention or credit that I had written it making it appeared as if someone else had written it. Posts made from the mainstream media were given credit for their work but because my post came from a blog I guess, my name was omitted. For that reason I am reposting the very same blog. “Huge Republican donor, the Koch Brothers, Their own company filed Bankruptcy while holding millions in State municipal Leases and Bonds” Continue reading
Koch brothers interest in what happens in the Affordable Care Act might get even more extreme, considering now the Koch Brothers company has ownership of several medical devices and a medical manufacturer. One of the excuses in the Republican fight to overhaul the Affordable Care Act was the ideal they needed to get rid of … Continue reading
Updated with additional information. This is a total differrent story and more current and present more than anyone may realize, but it is still a follow up to prior blog which happened only a couple of years ago. How far does the story go, remains a question? This too like prior blog was a part of recent questions I sought. This is a follow up to prior blog: New York State consulted the Koch Brother’s Company concerning their contracting of Election Voting Machines……………………………… Continue reading
The Koch Brothers are known for oil and energy and are lesser known for some of its other companies. Not only have the Koch brothers spent millions on elections, many states have spent millions using them as leasing company, and the one question remained did the Koch Brothers have anything involved to do with the … Continue reading
“The term “no-bid contract” is a popular phrase for what is officially known as a “sole source contract” which means that there is only one person or company that can provide the contractual services needed, so any attempt to obtain bids would only result in that person or company bidding on it.” From all appearances it appeared Koch Financial was a company no more however two reports date 2013 show this company still operates. Is Was it the need to appear no longer in existence have something to do with the Koch Brothers funding of political campaigns, organizations, Think-Tanks, advertisements. There are certain guidelines for municipal companies in regards to campaign contributions. Financial companies such as the Koch brothers stand the risk of getting into what is call ‘Pay to Play’. Continue reading
The following blog consist of several emails I found concerning one of the Koch Brother’s earliest Political Group. In one of those email it states the group was involved in gathering Politicians to sign Grover Norquist Tax Pledge. Grover Norquist Pledge demands that politicians will refuse any notion of raising taxes. In other words politicians … Continue reading
The audacity the Koch Brothers are telling young people they shouldn’t sign up for Obama-care or the Affordable Care Act, but yet these two Billionaire Brothers took millions from President Obama’s Recovery Act. That’s right while these two Billionaire brothers were making the Forbes list, and donating millions to Republicans, lobbying and contributing to other … Continue reading
State Documents that I acquired show one major South Carolina City has a debts still to be payed to the Koch brothers. Specifically accordingly to South Carolina records the Koch brothers are the Secured party and as stated accordingly to South Carolina’s guidelines the Secured Party means “they are the lender, seller or other person … Continue reading
In North Carolina they have what is now considered the strictest rules concerning voting in the country. They aren’t boasting, but the Koch brothers and the North Carolina Chamber lobbied on the personal rights of North Carolina citizens. This is definitely the things we wouldn’t think a large corporation would lobbying on. The Koch Brothers … Continue reading
“The Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) is a senior-level policy committee established in 1990 to advise the U.S. EPA on issues related to implementing the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.” (EPA)
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the CAAAC on November 19, 1990″
No surprise the Koch brothers had to pay penalties for an environmental violations. The surprise is one of the biggest polluters is a part of a federal and senior committee concerning the environment and has done so for years. Make no mistake in believing the Koch brothers involvement in the EPA is because Continue reading
EPA is Federal government agency, where Republicans and the Koch brothers would do away with, and if you saw some of the history concerning Koch brothers environmental violations you can understand my questions of them being a part of such a program. Koch Brothers’s, Jim Groninger while lobbying in several states apparently is listed on … Continue reading
Government records show up until that moment of laying off workers, the Koch Brothers were seeking new permits and were given those permits. The things that don’t make sence, it was 2008 and while others companies were struggling the Koch brother was are throwing around their money politically. In a recent blog about the Koch brothers I retain information concerning how one church organized to help Koch brothers laid off worker. Even in 2013 since 2008 and 2009 the Koch brothers have never spent so much in lobbying Continue reading
Shameful that on some church’s bulletin there was an update to their members on their actions of how they were helping the laid off workers of two Billionaires brothers. Shameful, two of Forbes top Billionaires, Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch will spin millions in politics and funding the cost of many political tanks and yet have very little value in their employees. Overlooked, the employees that made and kept these two brothers billionaires. Shameful that a church had to specifically form a group to help these two billionaire’s laid off workers. Continue reading
The reason for my revisiting this blog is because I had two questions I wanted answered? Could an elected officials benefit from other Agencies pool investments and when it appeared the Koch brothers had no lobbying was it done through a lesser known entities? The Koch brothers are one of the biggest political donor across the country. Can elected officials benefit from a state’s investment in Koch Industries? Yes. Did Koch Industries lobby in Tennessee while the state invested over a $150 million in companies own by Koch Industry? Yes, and as usual it won’t be a company you would think owned or associated with the Koch brothers. Upon further research I found out how Tennessee elected officials removed any representation from the state’s teachers on how the states money should be invested and placed it in the hand of the state legislature and other elected officials. Also the research that says caution ahead if elected officials are investing the money. How big is this company that is owned by Koch Industries but isn’t commonly known to be own by Koch Industries? This big company that isn’t commonly known to be owned by the Koch brothers has been described as the nation’s largest oil… Continue reading
***A correction it was actually November 2011 when the Tennessee government listed their last investment into the Koch Brothers. As late of 2011, Tennessee Government Agencies had over $150 million Invested in Private Company Koch Industries, While American’s For Prosperity was and still is a registered Charity of the State There would be several earlier … Continue reading
There are no mentions of any fines or any kind of punishment towards Koch Refining Company. It appears had Koch brothers got more protection from the SCDHEC than the environment did. It also appears that the Koch brothers didn’t even clean up the mess. According to documents it appears the new company will be voluntary cleaning up the mess for the prior owner. SCDHEC is supposed to stand for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, but they knows the land in Charleston is contaminated but they are allowing for expansion, and have promised not to hold the new property owner responsible if people get sick. Continue reading
Right before Nikki Haley’s April celebration with the Koch Brothers concerning a new building operations in South Carolina she was given two different donations by Koch’s lobbyist organization. In March 2013 with in weeks of the celebrations where Nikki Haley and the Koch brothers stood at the State House and her plans for more celebration … Continue reading
There are certain rules required when creating a 501 c 3 group one being you have to file taxes and another would be you must have a EIN (Employer ID Number). David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity taxes show false, incorrect, and misleading information was given to the IRS. AFP’s 2011 taxes show they gave money … Continue reading
If that’s the case then a corporation could give all their money to the charitable foundation to avoid paying taxes and just have the tax-exempt foundation pay for everything for the corporation, or then not to make it not so obvious, the tax-free exempt foundation pays a small cost of something where it isnt so obvious.
Second problem, which is probably the first problem the family members that make up this foundation board. As you see will see that almost near the bottom I have added what would be considered a Corporate Foundation guidelines. And in those Corporate Foundation guidelines it states both activities as mentioned in this blog would be prohibited.
Who are Koch Brothers, you may ask. Well they are two brothers, who own several companies, like Koch Industries which is an oil and gas company. They are the political force behind the Republicans, Conservative, Libertarians, Tea Party agenda. Politicians may come and go, but they remain to lead the way in pushing the Libertarian, Republicans, and Conservative, and Tea Party agenda. I still can’t find any other corporations that did the same. We know Koch brothers don’t like taxes anyway. So how is that fair and not make us suspicious. The Koch Brothers did this for several years. We can only look at taxes beginning from 2001 because foundations did not have to provide them prior to that year. So the Koch Brothers could have been funding this group for decades prior to 2001. To get earlier records it takes a little more red tape, and only then you may only can get records going back to 1987. Could you imagine if all corporation created tax-exempt foundations and then you funnel that tax-exempt money back from the foundation to pay for certain cost to the Parent company employees by avoiding to pay taxes. Talk about not paying your Fair Share, and raising a Red flag, what other money could be funnel back. Like any company a foundation have their own operation costs, and with their own operation costs, so why would they need to turn around to feed the corporation that created. I would think a foundation and a parent company/the corporation that created it would have separate operation costs so questions won’t be raised. Considering the Koch Brothers, involvement in politics, supreme court cases, funding Conservative Think-Tank around the countries, lobbying, etc, etc, etc. The list is long of their questionable activity. How does a Charitable Foundation pay back a Billionaire company? That foundation operation’s cost should be separated from corporation due to its tax-exempt status. This information is concerning one of the foundations other own Koch foundations were not looked at. Just this one….
One quick way of course to stop this corporate take over from the people of the country led by two billionaire brothers and anyone else with a similar agenda is to stand up and vote these politicians out of office who push their agenda. However we can’t stop there because there are laws here and there such as Citizen’s United that have done much harm in stamping out the voice of the people. It means we have to pay also attention to politicians and judges running for office and commission appointments and judges that appointed to office on the state. local, and federal level. Simply stated as voters we should be Voting, following the money spent on elections and lobbying, watching, and participating in the discussion every chance you get on all bills being voted on, all Elections, all Appointments, etc., etc., etc. from the local, state, and the federal level. All of these things plus those not mentioned have effects on our daily lives. Continue reading
Many people do not know who the Koch Brothers are, well they are behind the politics you don’t see in this country. For the most part the American people only hear about what their politicians do. Well politicians may come and go, but the Koch Brothers remain and have been around for years making these Billionaires even more powerful because they are the established machine running things behind the scene. Well how about a major oil and gas company, like Koch Industries spending millions politics to make certain legislatures, while also bringing lawsuits up and down our court systems where they find up in our United States Supreme Court And of course these cases are cases that benefit and support the Libertarian or Conservative ideologies and agenda. One of the cases this group is bringing would be Shelby County v. Holder. Just like Grover Norquist’s Tax Pledge was a coördinated effort of one man to stop Conservative leaders from raising taxes there has been for years a coördinated effort of conservatives to push the political agenda in our court systems. Koch Brothers helped to provide the operation cost or research of the Pacific Legal Institute,;legal Conservative organization group bring Supreme Court cases across the country. How long the Koch brothers have funded this group is another question raised, because for right now we only access going back to 2001. To get earlier records it takes a little more red tape, and only then you may only can get records going back to 1987. I imagine that Conservatives talk about government being in your business and yet for decades they have pushing Supreme Court cases to promote their political agenda. There is a reason why the Conservative, Republican, Libertarian can’t get beyond the game of politics to promote the agenda of the people. They have two billionaire brothers running things.
One quick way of course to stop this corporate take over from the people of the country led by two billionaire brothers and anyone else with a similar agenda is to stand up and vote these politicians out of office who push their agenda. However we can’t stop there because there are laws here and there such as Citizen’s United that have done much harm in stamping out the voice of the people. It means we have to pay also attention to politicians and judges running for office and commission appointments and judges that appointed to office on the state. local, and federal level. Simply stated as voters we should be voting, watching, and participating in the discussion every chance you get on all bills being voted on, all Elections, all Appointments, etc., etc., etc. from the local, state, and the federal level. All of these things plus those not mentioned have effects on our daily lives.
How does a foundation that claims free-tax exemptions, then turn around and give funding to its Parent corporation? I’ve looked at other foundations before and I decided to take another look at some more foundations; and after seeing this I have yet to see a foundation give money back to the Parent company. In this case a Koch Foundation gave money to two of the Koch brother’s companies. Would you be surprised the Koch family sat on the board of the foundation?
Edward Blum the man behind both the Affirmative Action case in Texas and the Shelby, Alabama v. Eric Holder involving the Voting Rights Act. This is not however the only case concerning civil rights that he has ever brought to the Supreme Court. Continue reading
Update a link at the bottom that was not working has now been fixed. This document is concerning a report that was sponsored by this think-Tank on behalf of the man behind the push to get rid of the Voting Rights Act. The group held an event concerning this. I have also updated my list of Scalia’s involvement with this Think-Tank. I will further update if more is found.
Justice Scalia has I involvement spanning from 1977 to late 2012 with this Conservative Think-Tank. That very Think-Tank prior to 2009 held an event that was named “Is the Voting Rights Act Constitutional?” The man pushing the Supreme Court was also the participant at this event. Continue reading
Why does it not surprise me that the Koch Brothers have lead the way on lobbying a bill that demands transparency for those who benefited from a company. Would it surprise you also that in 2011 and 2012 Koch Industries had the most interest out of all other groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce … Continue reading
The heart of two Billionaire brothers that he can spend millions on campaigns, lobbying, etc. and yet can lay off thousands of employees, the people that made them billionaires. The Koch brothers own many companies and in the last four years they have laid off thousands of employees. Some are well known and some are … Continue reading