Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition

By Jim Carey

The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission helped unleash unprecedented amounts of outside spending in our elections. With the American Legislative Exchange Council [ALEC], the percent has massively funded political changes in North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and a host of other counties and cities in the US. Their vast network of very wealthy backers and foundations have poured close to three-quarters of a billion dollars in the 2010 and 2012 US elections.

Occupy San Miguel presents the film:
Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition
Mon, Jun 2, 1pm
TV room
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

Who are these people? What are their beliefs? Is it their strategy to turn the United States into a plutocracy: an elite, ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth?

This film exposes who Charles and David Koch are and how they have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the past 45 years. They have worked tirelessly to open the floodgates for money in politics. Their net worth tops US$100 billion, and they’re currently tied for fourth on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.

•They are on record as opposing all minimum wage laws. Each Koch brother makes $1.8 million every hour. It would take a minimum-wage worker 76 years to make that much.

•The Koch brothers and their allies have spent millions to fight and eliminate unions and their right to collectively bargain for wages, benefits and unemployment insurance.

•They have called for the dismantling of the US social security system – replacing it with one of Wall Street Casino’s benefit packages.

•They oppose our present system of national public education – replacing it with a voucher system for private and religious schools.

•They would dismantle OSHA’s safety rules and the EPA’s environmental regulations.

•They oppose Medicare as it is presently set up. They are in favor of privatizing it.

The list goes on and on. Essentially a radical libertarian view of the world that would leave much of the poor, middle and working classes a lot worse than they are now.

The film is free and there will be a discussion afterwards.


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