Charles Koch

Jane MayerThe Day

Educate yourself about Charles Koch

The Day featured an article by Trevor Burrus, who argued the libertarian position of "free choice" when you want to smoke tobacco, “Let the people smoke what they choose” (May 31). He was identified as research fellow for the Cato Institute, formerly known as the Charles Koch Foundation, which is part of the Kochtopus Political Empire. Charles Koch, along with Snoop Dog, is pushing to legalize marijuana and wants to be in on the ground floor in order to invest in selling marijuana. A ban on smoking would diminish the value of his potential investment.
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How so-called libertarian Charles Koch drove a national wave of anti-protest laws

Charles Koch | Protesters march during a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images) In 1995, when the Koch Petroleum Group was indicted by a federal grand jury on 97 felony charges for alleged environmental crimes at one of its Texas oil refineries, Charles and David Koch, the famous billionaire investors and political donors, had a seeming crisis of conscience. "It was a really, really torturous experience," explained Mark Holden, Koch's chief counsel, years later. "We learned first-hand what happens when anyone gets into the criminal justice system." After enduring that "torturous" experience, Holden said, Charles Koch grew very worried about "how the little guy, who doesn't have Koch's resources, deals with prosecutions like that."
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Real EstateThe Guardian

Charles Koch funded eviction push while investing in real estate companies

Billionaire Charles Koch’s foundation has bankrolled three conservative legal groups leading the court battle to eliminate prohibitions against tenant evictions during the Covid-19 pandemic in America. At the same time, Koch’s corporate empire has suddenly stepped up its real estate purchases during the pandemic – including making large investments in...
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Charles Koch among several GOP donors worried the Republican war on voting will backfire: report

The GOP's war on voting, while raging on in red states across the country, remains incredibly unpopular — and Republican megadonors are reportedly growing nervous. Republican operatives are making a strategic pivot in their efforts to combat the For the People Act or H.R. 1, dismissing the notion of a broad messaging campaign to instead exert pressure on Congress to kill the bill, according to a private call obtained by The New Yorker. In the call, a policy adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and several prominent right-wing advocacy groups expressed distress over the broad public support behind H.R. 1, the Democratic-backed ethics and voting overhaul that proponents claim will enshrine the electoral system in unprecedented transparency and accountability.
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Q&A: Charles Koch talks about his new book 'Believe in People'

Charles Koch says believing in people is foundational to much more than just a successful business. © 2021 American City Business Journals. All rights reserved. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/21). The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of American City Business Journals.
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Charles Koch

Charles D. Koch died Jan. 3, 2021, at the age of 88. Charles D. Koch died Jan. 3, 2021, at the age of 88. Please share your story tips by emailing To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.
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Believe in People: A Conversation with Charles Koch and Brian Hooks

Charles Koch and Brian Hooks join Howard Husock to discuss better approaches to solving America’s social problems, how to help social entrepreneurs foster more resilient communities, and why Koch is now focused on building bridges across the political divide. Their new book is Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World.