Moyers & Company seeks to set the record straight regarding the media’s portrayal of the Koch brothers in an article which addresses various myths about the Koch brothers and provides a more accurate accounting of their political involvement and aspirations. Charles Koch first started receiving mainstream media attention in 2010 for their vocal opposition to the policies of the Obama administration and willing to put serious money behind candidates who they thought could best fight back against Obama’s policies. However, the Koch brothers have been involved on the political scene for decades longer than the media would have you think. In fact, they were very vocal about their opposition to many of the policies of President George W. Bush.
Generally, the Koch brothers support libertarian, free market policies, which they think are the best way for both business and private citizens to flourish in the U.S. They have created a network of like-minded businessmen to further support their libertarian agenda and now convene twice yearly seminars of other wealthy activists to discuss their common goals. Rather than simply operating in isolation, the Koch brothers’ network of donors is projected to raise between $700 and $900 million for their candidate of choice in the 2016 presidential race.
It is also commonly believed that the Koch brothers simply use their political organizations as a second face of their corporate ventures. This is simply not true. Although it is true that the interests they support in their political activities are very business-friendly, the Koch brothers are interested in promoting wide-ranging free market and libertarian reforms, which span much bigger than their current business undertakings.
Charles G. Koch can be seen granting interviews and penning op-ed pieces for respected publications. Koch is the current co-owner, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, which he runs alongside his brother, David H. Koch. Koch Industries first got its start in the oil refinery and chemicals business and has since then branched out into many facets of the oil industry and beyond. As of a 2010 Forbes survey, Koch Industries is the second largest privately owned company in the U.S. Charles Koch has harnessed the vast success from his various business ventures to strongly support libertarian and free market causes, including several centers and institutes at George Mason University. Charles founded the Koch Foundation, which supports artistic and cultural projects.