Billionaire Climate Denial Funders Plot with Beck, Industries, Media

"In 2006, Koch Industries owner Charles Koch revealed  to the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore that he coordinates the funding of the conservative infrastructure of front groups, political campaigns, think tanks, media outlets and other anti-government efforts through a twice annual meeting of wealthy right-wing donors. He also confided to Moore, who is funded through several of Koch's ventures, that his true goal is to strengthen the 'culture of prosperity' by eliminating '90%' of all laws and government regulations. Although it is difficult to quantify the exact amount Koch alone has funneled to right-wing fronts, some studies have pointed toward $50 million he has given alone to anti-environmental groups. Recently, fronts funded by Charles and his brother David have received scrutiny because they have played a pivotal role in the organizing of the anti-Obama Tea Parties and the promotion of virulent far right lawmakers like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)."

Lee Fang reports for Think Progress October 20, 2010.


"Secret GOP Donor Network Plans Meeting to Fight Policies That 'Threaten to Destroy America'" (CBS News)

"Kochs, Chamber, Beck and Big Business Plot To Steal It All" (Daily Kos)

"Kochs Plan Confidential Meeting of Nation's Wealthy" (KSN-TV Wichita)

"Billionaires Behaving Badly: The Koch Brothers" (Minyanville)

"Examiner Writers Attended Secret Koch Meeting" (Media Matters)

Source: Think Progress, 10/21/2010