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Koch Brothers' Pernicious Political Influence

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It made the difference between victory and defeat, and let Walker advance anti-labor, pro-business legislation favoring Koch and other corporate predators, including a provision to let Walker use no-bid contacts to sell state assets. Among them - dozens of small power plants Koch may covet and be able to buy cheap.

Moreover, with 2012 elections ahead, the Kochs plan to raise $88 million for potential Republican presidential candidates, besides millions more for House and Senate ones, as well as state and local officials.

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It details vast Koch holdings and interests, as well as its web of political influence that let Charles and David amass an estimated combined $44 billion personal net worth.

On April 7, the Center for Public Integrity's (CPI) John Farrell headlined, "Koch's web of influence," saying:

"Koch spends tens of millions trying to shape federal policies that affect their global business empire," CPI explaining that its lobbying disclosure files and federal regulatory records show "a lobbying steamroller for the company's interests...."

In recent years, its spending soared from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in 2008, then another $20.8 million through 2010 "to mold, gut or kill more than 100 prospective bills or regulations."

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