CREW Report: They’d Like to Buy the World with Koch
Companies closely tied to donors who fund the Koch brothers’ political network spent at least $35 million lobbying the federal government in 2014, according to new research by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The actual number is almost certainly much higher as most of the members of the Koch network remain secret.
The political network spearheaded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has spent hundreds of millions over the last several years, and the network’s donors plan to collectively spend close to $1 billion before Election Day 2016. Many of these donors represent major companies with significant interests before the federal government. At least 22 companies with ties to the network, including Koch Industries, have a lobbying presence in Washington, DC. Combined, the companies spent more on lobbying in 2014 than all but two special interests, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Realtors.
Some of the lawmakers who seek the support of the deep-pocketed Koch network claim there is no link between the campaign spending and lobbying to benefit special interests. The lobbying numbers revealed by CREW’s analysis make clear, however, that many of the donors in the Koch network represent financial interests that are working to sway government outcomes in their favor.
Read about CREW's report in Mother Jones: "Marco Rubio Says Koch World Doesn't Want Anything From Washington. Really?" June 16, 2015