Would you consider David and Charles Koch liberals or conservatives?
Please provide support for your answer.
- Anonymous4 years agoFavorite Answer
The brothers have made significant financial contributions to libertarian and conservative think tanks and campaigns. Their network of groups pledging to spend $889 million from 2009–2016 and its infrastructure has been said by Politico to rival "that of the Republican National Committee." They actively fund and support organizations that contribute significantly to Republican candidates, and in particular that lobby against efforts to expand government's role in health care and combating global warming. By 2010, they had donated more than $100 million to dozens of free-market and advocacy organizations.
In an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of the New Yorker, writer Jane Mayer wrote,
The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry – especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers' corporate interests. ... Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a 'kingpin of climate science denial.' The report purported to show that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outspent ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies – from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program – that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the "Kochtopus."
According to Mayer: "The Koch brothers are known for their strongly conservative politics and for their efforts to finance a network of advocacy groups whose goal is to move the country to the right."
- ndmagicmanLv 74 years ago
The Kochs are long term Libertarians, to the hard core extreme right.
Their father was the leader of the John Birch Society, which is considered an extremist, far right organization.
- Anonymous4 years ago
They are more right-leaning libertarian.
- Judy JetsonLv 64 years ago
They are very libertarian leaning conservatives.
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- Filled with GodLv 64 years ago