1:27 PM, Mar 22, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Thursday, the Washington Post published a piece titled "The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers."
Over at Powerline, John Hinderaker dismantled the Post article brick by brick. The blog contains maps and graphs of the leaseholders involved, showing that Koch Industries owns leases worth less than three percent of the total. The number of leases Koch Industries holds has declined to 1.1 million acres from 2 million last year. The Post's entire report is sourced from a two-page document produced by the far-left International Forum on Globalization, which was then reproduced on the website "kochcash.org." When the same organization wrote about Keystone XL last year, Powerline noted at the time the International Forum on Globalization concluded that construction of the pipeline could cost Koch $120 billion over 50 years:
Using our modest estimate that KXL will prevent on average a $20 discount to the price of a barrel of tar sands crude, FHR’s [Flint Hills Resources, a Koch subsidiary] Pine Bend refinery will miss out on $120 billion in profit ($20 x 6 billion barrels = $120 billion).
This report and the organization that produced it don't seem credible, and that's being charitable. So why is this misleading info being pushed out there? It could be just incompetence and/or media bias, but there are a couple of other things worth considering. One, Democrats are caught between a rock and a hard place with their donors on the Keystone XL pipeline. And two, with Obamacare cratering, a sluggish economy, and the possibility of a wave election shaping up, Democrats can't run on their records. So they are already gearing up to run against the Koch brothers as an external threat that is buying the GOP -- the same playbook they used in 2010 when Democrats tried a ridiculous campaign to make the Chamber of Commerce out to be pulling Republican strings and using foreign money to buy elections.
Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, has become a cause célèbre among radical environmentalists. Anything that could help them tie it to the Koch brothers who have been made out to be left-wing bogeyman is politically helpful to motivating the broader Democratic base to oppose the pipeline, since Democrats have spent the last several years claiming the Tea Party is a Koch conspiracy.
The problem is that the Democrats biggest campaign donors want the pipeline built as it would create tens of thousands of union jobs. Just before the 2012 election, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka told me he thought that the pipeline would be built in Obama's second term. Given that unions spent $4.4 billion on politics between 2005 and 2011 -- nearly all of which went to Democrats -- they certainly feel they are owed. But now that Obama's in his second term and doesn't need the money, he's not as forthcoming with the union favors regarding Keystone XL, Obamacare, and a host of other union wishes. Unions have been pretty open about their frustration with Democrats and how it may affect their political donations and turnout efforts.
12:27 PM, Feb 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political action committee associated with Arkansas Democratic senator Mark Pryor received a maximum donation from Koch Industries, despite the fact that Pryor, as well as many other Democrats, has frequently criticized the influence of the Koch brothers in an attempt to raise funds.
According to the most recent FEC filing for Pryor's Priority PAC, Koch Industries Inc. PAC gave $5,000 in September 2013. View the entire filing here, and a screenshot of the donation below:
Will the DSCC return the money?9:00 AM, Oct 4, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Over the weekend, Bloomberg Markets magazine published a lengthy investigative piece about a French subsidiary of Koch Industries that supposedly conducted illegal business with the Iranian government. The report further insinuates an ensuing cover up.
This is hardly the first time Democrats have been duplicitous about taking Koch money10:45 AM, Jul 8, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Last night, Koch Industries posted the following letter addressed to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray on their website Kochfacts.com:
11:45 AM, Jun 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Think Progress reporter Lee Fang has a long history of being spectacularly wrong. However, there's a seemingly unending thirst for his breathless demonization of the Koch brothers and other rants about corporate greed among the low IQ end of the liberal spectrum.
3:16 PM, Apr 17, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The name Lee Fang is far from a household name. However, from his perch at the Soros-funded think tank Center for American Progress, Fang has the dubious distinction of promulgating questionable Koch Industries political conspiracies perhaps more than any other person.
4:47 PM, Mar 24, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ben Smith reported this morning that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email, signed by Harry Reid, that tries to ride the anti-Koch bandwagon. Here's the relevant part of the email:
Left-wing critics of Koch Industries are only discrediting themselves.12:10 PM, Mar 3, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In today's Examiner, Mark Tapscott discusses William F. Buckley's banishment of John Birchers to the fringe of the conservative movement decades ago and how it relates to today's conspiracy mongering on the left. In particular, the bleatings about the influence of Koch Industries have run comepletely off the rails and it's discrediting to the left:
1:31 PM, Mar 1, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Progressives may have decided that businessmen and libertarian political benefactors David and Charles Koch are the latest harbingers of the vast right-wing conspiracy, but they could be shocked to learn that several Koch Industries subsidiaries have been working closely and productively with…the Obama administration.