The White House and its allies have been drawing attention to libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch for their political activities. "Using a great deal" of research by the Center for American Progres, the New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported on August 30 that the Kochs are waging a "waging a war against Obama." Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Chris Van Hollen singled out Koch Industries in a September 10 TV appearance, saying that "Americans for Prosperity which are the Koch Industries ... did well under the Bush administration economic policies. They actually got an award for outsourcing to China. People need to know they are going in and spending money in the races because they don't like the fact that we just eliminated a lot of loopholes that encourage businesses to ship jobs overseas."

In a September 16 speech, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity, a free-market political organization that was founded by David Koch in 2004 and has helped organize Tea Party rallies of late.

"Special interests are planning and running millions of dollars of attack ads against Democratic candidates," Obama said at a fundraiser for Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal (D), blaming the court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC. "They’re allowed to spend as much as they want without ever revealing who’s paying for the ads. That’s exactly what they’re doing."

Even Jimmy Carter took a whack at the Kochs

Charles and David Koch

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