Strange brew cooked up on K Street: Charles, David and organized labor.
by Russ Choma on April 22, 2014 3:26 PM
The influence industry sometimes produces strange bedfellows. Case in point, according to recently filed lobbying disclosure reports from 2014's first quarter: The same lobbying firm that represents Koch Companies Public Sector and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in their efforts to keep the IRS from tightening up regs on dark money groups also represents one of the biggest names in organized labor.
Of course, organized labor is not necessarily unfriendly to the idea of outside money groups; unions have made great use of super PACs and have beenlinked to liberal dark money groups likePatriot Majority. But the prevailing narrative of partisan politics puts unions on the opposite side of the battlefield from the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch (and by extension the conglomerate they own, KCPS).
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The Carpenters union spent $20,000 on lobbying in the first quarter, and spent $320,000 in all of 2013.