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Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America: John Nichols, Robert W. McChesney: 9781568587073: Amazon.com: Books

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TEA Party: Tobacco Everywhere Always

TEA Party: Tobacco  Everywhere Always | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it

Climate change doubt is a key belief in the TEA Party, sparked by the Koch-related Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. Big Tobacco was heavily involved from the 1980s onward, and by 1992 the "Tea Party" was already in play.

 

"Starting in the 1980s, tobacco companies worked to create the appearance of broad opposition to tobacco control policies by attempting to create a grassroots smokers’ rights movement. Simultaneously, they funded and worked through third-party groups, such as Citizens for a Sound Economy, the predecessor of AFP and FreedomWorks, to accomplish their economic and political agenda.

 

There has been continuity of some key players, strategies and messages from these groups to Tea Party organisations. As of 2012, the Tea Party was beginning to spread internationally." 

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The tobacco/climate anti-science relationship was highlighted in Merchants of Doubt and  has been noted by others.  Tobacco interests created many of the tactics and fostered the machinery inherited by other anti-science efforts. Here at DeSMogBlog Fakery 2: More Funny Finances, Free oF Tax, Appendix F, showed the crucial problem for tobacco companies. As per RJ Reynolds' The Importance of Younger Adults,  they needed to addict children to create lifelong customers, not adults.  Few start smoking after age 18, and later starters find it easier to quit, because addiction really is best entrenched while brains are still developing.

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Tea Party came out of Koch and cigarettes :: News From Underground

Tea Party came out of Koch and cigarettes :: News From Underground | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it

Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires

 

"A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

 

Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving climate disruption.

 

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke."

 

The original article cited in this scoop, written by Mark Crispin Miller, was published on February 11, 2013 in Mark's blog, News from Underground.

 


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The author of this article, Mark Crispin Miller, publishes blogs worth reading.  Read more at markcrispinmiller.com

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How a PBS film about David Koch got another PBS film cancelled

How a PBS film about David Koch got another PBS film cancelled | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Did David Koch get PBS to kill a film about him, without ever knowing it even existed? Now that's power.
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NYC PBS President Freaks Out Over Documentary Critical of Koch Brothers, Offers David Koch Unprecedented Rebuttal

NYC PBS President Freaks Out Over Documentary Critical of Koch Brothers, Offers David Koch Unprecedented Rebuttal | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
NYC PBS President Freaks Out Over Documentary Critical of Koch Brothers, Offers David Koch Unprecedented Rebuttal
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Koch brothers blast Reed Hundt's remarks on newspaper ownership

Koch brothers blast Reed Hundt's remarks on newspaper ownership | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
The Koch brothers are firing back at former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt, who last week made a speech at UCLA in which he said he couldn’t “imagine anything good from the Koch family owning the Los Angeles...
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Protesters Target Koch Brothers' Potential L.A. Times Bid

Protesters Target Koch Brothers' Potential L.A. Times Bid | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
A group marched toward Tribune Co. chairman Bruce Karsh's Beverly Hills home, chanting
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L.A. Times Suitor Charles Koch Confirms Interest in Acquiring Newspapers

L.A. Times Suitor Charles Koch Confirms Interest in Acquiring Newspapers | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
The billionaire also describes editorial pages as
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Who are the Kochs and how far does their influence reach?

Who are the Kochs and how far does their influence reach? | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Charles and David Koch each have nearly 10 times the money amassed by TV superstar Oprah Winfrey, but none of her fame.
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David Koch Topics Page - USATODAY.com

David Koch Topics Page - USATODAY.com | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Collection of all USATODAY.com coverage of David Koch, including articles, videos, photos, and quotes.
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David Koch Now Taking Aim at Hurricane Sandy Victims | The Nation

David Koch Now Taking Aim at Hurricane Sandy Victims | The Nation | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Having lost the election, the Koch political machine, Americans for Prosperity, now takes aim at Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. David Koch Now Taking Aim at Hurricane Sandy Victims
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Media Manipulators: David Koch Resigns as WNET Trustee Amid New Yorker Article

Media Manipulators: David Koch Resigns as WNET Trustee Amid New Yorker Article | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S.
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America is Under Siege As The Koch Brothers Look to Replace The Constitution by @rmuse via @politicususa

America is one election away from total dominance by the Koch brothers billionaire club and is on the verge of replacing the Constitution with Milton Freidman's Capitalism and Freedom.


In military parlance, a siege is a form of constant, low-intensity conflict with the intent of conquering, by attrition and sustained assaults, an enemy holding a static defensive position with no means of escape or chance of marshaling assistance from outside forces. Siege warfare can last months, and even years, but if the attackers are patient and keep up constant pressure, the final defeat of the besieged is swift and extremely violent as the attackers take out their rage on the vanquished for not surrendering at the start of the war. For thirty years, Republicans have besieged 98% of the population with constant, and sometimes, low-intensity conflict that is reaching fruition and threatens to usher in a swift and violent end for most Americans at the behest of corporate and theocratic factions.


It is no longer a  question of how or why Republicans are imposing corporatism and theocratic laws on the American people, but when they will finally transform this once democratic nation into a fascist state under authority of plutocrats and theocrats. The bad news is that America is one election away from total dominance by the Koch brothers billionaire club and religious extremists on the verge of replacing the Constitution with the bible and Milton Freidman’s manifesto “Capitalism and Freedom.” In fact, in preparation for oligarchs and theocrats ascendance to unchallenged authority to reign over the people, Republicans are eliminating the last vestiges of democracy, economic independence, and freedom from religion as they openly oppose the Constitution in their final push toward fascism.


The truth is that Republicans have panted to destroy New Deal protections for 80 years, but it was during the Reagan administration they began their siege in earnest and started transferring the nation’s wealth to plutocrats in the banking and financial industry. It was also the era the religious right gained unfettered access to the halls of Congress that is culminating in a blatant push toward rule by religious edict. Over the past four years, Republicans have tapped into racial animus rampant in a large segment of the population to garner support to give inordinate power to corporations with assistance from the Koch-influenced Supreme Court that gave corporations power over free and fair elections. Events of the past few weeks revealed that Republicans have now abandoned any pretense of governing for the people, and they are blatantly advocating for theocracy and corporatocracy.


It can no longer be argued that  Republicans are not deliberately creating poverty to make room for tax benefits for the rich. In North Carolina, Republicans increased poverty by becoming the first of many Republican states to eliminate unemployment benefits despite the state has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation. North Carolina Republicans also are amending the state constitution to permanently make it a “right to work” (for less) state to keep corporate profits high and worker wages at poverty level that is a trend in Republican-controlled states. The Republicans’ goal is not to encourage hiring, but to increase corporate profits and produce a population barely surviving on less-than subsistence wages.

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http://www.politicususa.com/author/rmuse-2

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@rmuse bio: Stories written by Rmuse
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion. Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn't look good. Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.
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Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires

Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S.

The two main organizations identified in the UCSF Quarterback study are Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. Both groups are now "supporting the tobacco companies' political agenda by mobilizing local Tea Party opposition to tobacco taxes and smoke-free laws." Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE).

 

CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004. 

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The common public understanding of the origins of the Tea Party is that it is a popular grassroots uprising that began with anti-tax protests in 2009.

However, the Quarterback study reveals that in 2002, the Kochs and tobacco-backed CSE designed and made public the first Tea Party Movement website under the web address www.usteaparty.com.

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Duke University senior threatens ‘student action’ if Koch brothers buy newspapers

Duke University senior threatens ‘student action’ if Koch brothers buy newspapers | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
A Duke University student has threatened
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David Koch & PBS self-censorship

David Koch & PBS self-censorship | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
How one PBS documentary got another PBS documentary cancelled because of one $23 million donor named David Koch.
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Doorman: "We would never get a tip from Mr. Koch"

Doorman: "We would never get a tip from Mr. Koch" | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Part 3 of my three-part series on GOP billionaire activist David Koch.
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David H. Koch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Hamilton Koch (/ˈkk/; born May 3, 1940) is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States.[7]

Koch is a major patron of the arts and has contributed to several charities including Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History's David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing.[8] The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of 100 million dollars for the renovation of the theater. Condé Nast Portfolio described him as "one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America".[9] He and his brother Charles have also donated to political advocacy groups, including Americans for Prosperity.[3] He is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991. Koch is the fourth richest person in America as of 2012,[10] and the second-richest resident of New York City as of 2010.[3][4]

Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Mary (née Robinson) and Fred Chase Koch, a chemical engineer. He is one of four siblings. His paternal grandfather, Harry Koch, was a Dutch immigrant who founded the Quanah Tribune-Chief newspaper and was a founding shareholder of Quanah, Acme and Pacific Railway. He attended the Deerfield Academy prep school in Massachusetts, graduating in 1959. He went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning both a bachelor's (1962) and a master's degree (1963) in chemical engineering. He is a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

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Scary-funny parody site Kochify the News simulates a Koch-owned media

Scary-funny parody site Kochify the News simulates a Koch-owned media | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what a Koch-owned L.A. Times would look like? Hint: Jerry Brown is renamed Governor Moonbeam.
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The newsonomics of the Kochs rising — and uprising

The newsonomics of the Kochs rising — and uprising | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
As the controversial conservatives confirm their interest in some of America's biggest newspapers, is their interest financial or political?
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Lawmakers throw Koch brothers, Buffett into Keystone debate

Lawmakers throw Koch brothers, Buffett into Keystone debate | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Lawmakers inject questions about politically connected billionaires into Keystone XL debate.
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David Koch says he plans to keep funding conservative causes

David Koch says he plans to keep funding conservative causes | Stop David Koch Campaign | Scoop.it
Billionaire businessman David Koch declined to say how much he would contribute to conservative political groups before November.
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