Forbes Faces: The Koch Brothers
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Forbes Faces: The Koch Brothers
Marcella Bernhard, 01.04.01, 11:57 AM ET
http://www.forbes.com/2001/01/04/0104faces.html

SILICON VALLEY - When the federal government drops 86 felony charges against your company, it should be cause for celebration. Not so for brothers Charles and David Koch, who run family oil conglomerate Koch Industries.

When prosecutors reduced a list of the company's alleged environmental crimes from 97 to 11 items on Wednesday, the move generated little cheer from company headquarters in Wichita, Kans. Koch Industries still faces the harshest of the government's criminal charges, in which the petroleum giant is accused of spewing the toxic chemical benzene into the environment in 1995 and then trying to hide it from government investigators.

A federal grand jury indicted the privately held company and four of its employees in September on 97 related charges for alleged violations that took place at the company's refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex. Founded in 1940 by the late Fred Koch, father of Charles and David, Koch Industries faces up to $502 million in fines. Four former company executives face fines and possible prison terms.

It's just the latest in a string of mishaps for Charles, 64, the company's chairman, and David, 60, the executive vice president. In September 1999, Koch Industries paid $8 million in damages after a Minnesota oil spill. In January 2000, the company was slapped with the largest civil penalty ever against one company. It was forced to pay a $35 million settlement for 300 separate oil spills in six states, leaking 3 million gallons of crude oil from corroded pipelines into local waters.

Adding to all this is the backstabbing within the Koch family. Estranged brother William blew the whistle on the company for stealing oil from federal and American Indian lands in the 1970s; an Oklahoma jury found the company guilty last year and slapped it with a half million-dollar fine. Charles bought out William's shares in the company in 1983.

President-elect George W. Bush cooperated with the Justice Department's investigation of Koch Industries while serving as governor of Texas. But even though company executives contributed heavily to Bush's presidential campaign, they are unlikely to see benefits from having friends in high places.

U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi prodded government lawyers to streamline their charges against Koch Industries, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Prosecutors dropped 86 relatively petty allegations--including charges that the Koch refinery used improper equipment to handle benzene--and in doing so may have strengthened their broader pollution case against the company.

Charles and David both have degrees from MIT and a net worth of over $3 billion each, but their continual brushes with the law lend an ironic tone to their company's slogan: "You know us better than you think."

See:

David Koch on The Forbes Four Hundred Richest in America

Charles Koch on The Forbes Four Hundred Richest in America
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Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation

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79 institutional roles

PO Box 2256
Wichita, KS 67201-2256

and
Koch Family Foundations

This page encompasses all Koch Family Foundations: the David H. Koch Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Foundation, and the Claude R. Lambe Foundation
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Pete Maiden
Rolling Stone
March 14, 2007
The Dark Side of Texas: Pete Maiden Reports on Corpus Christi's Koch Industries

Bobi Miller needs only to open the door of her home in Corpus Christi, Texas, to see the effects of toxic waste from the Koch West oil refinery. Miller's back yard and car is covered in a thick black sludge, and across the street is the school where she used to teach before a lawsuit revealed that the Koch refinery had released ninety tons of benzene, a highly toxic chemical. Miller and other teachers were often forced to implement a safety procedure called "shelter in place," keeping students inside with the air conditioner off on days when Koch was pumping waste into the air. Today the school's playground is completely deserted: The company bought the property, and children no longer play in the yard.

Read the full report >
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/13751944/the_dark_side_of_texas_pete_maiden_reports_on_corpus_christis_koch_industries

The Koch family also donates substantial sums to other libertarian and free-market groups. When Clint Bolick, former director of the anti-affirmative action Landmark Center for Civil Rights, and William Mellor, former president of the conservative, pro-voucher, free-market advocacy Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, decided to form a public-interest law firm to defend property rights and school vouchers, they went to the Koch family. The Institute for Justice was then formed with hundreds of thousands from the various Koch foundations, along with a commitment for future support. Also recipients of Koch largesse are the Reason Foundation (publisher of the libertarian Reason magazine), the Illinois-based libertarian think tank Heartland Institute and the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy.
Footnotes [Axis report]

170. http://www.forbes.com/richlist2003/rich400land.html.

171. W. John Moore, "Wichita Pipeline," National Journal, 5/16/92, p. 1171, as quoted in PFAW - Koch Family Foundations.

172. "James Buchanan Center Funded with $10 Million Gift." Mason Gazette. March 1998.

173. "Rethinking think tanks: How industry-funded 'experts' twist the environmental debate." Sierra Magazine. July/August 2002.

174. As quoted in Ibid.

175. Ibid.

176. Eggen, Dan. "Oil company agrees to pay $20 million in fines; Koch allegedly hid releases of benzene." The Washington Post. April 10, 2001. A03.

177. http://www.pacificresearch.org/.

178. http://mediatransparency.org/.

179. Mason Gazette, 1998.

180. As quoted in http://www.mediatransparency.org/ search_results/info_on_any_recipient.php?l69.

181. http://www.mercatus.org/category.php/1 .html.

182. "Trust names Wendy Lee Gramm the Clean Air 'Villain of the Month.'" Clean Air Trust. January 2002.

183. Mason Gazette, 1998.

184. "$3 million helps recruit team of scholars." Benefactor. George Mason University. Fall 2002.

185. http://www.gmu.edu/departments/law/lawecon.

186. "Koch Family Foundations." Buying a movement: Right-wing foundations and American politics. Washington, D.C.: People for the American Wav. 1996.

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People with roles at Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation

Andrews, Sarah (1)
Beehler, Alex A. (1)
Fink, Richard H. (11)
Gable, Wayne (2)
Gentry, Kevin L. (3)
Holliman, Vonda (11)
Hughes, Victoria A. (4)
Humphrey, Mark (3)
Koch, Charles C. (5)
Koch, Elizabeth R. (5)
Koch, Elizabeth B. (11)
Koch, Charles G. (11)
Lintott, James (1)
Moore, Logan (1)
Woodlief, Anthony J. (2)
Young, Kelly (7)
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Funders
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation all roles | profile
14 persons in common
Beehler, Alex A. - 1 roles
2003 Vice President 13
Fink, Richard H. - 9 roles
2005 President / Director 1
2004 President / Director 1
2003 President / Director 1
2002 President / Director 1
2001 President / Director 1
2000 Director 1
1998 President / Director 1
1997 President / Director
1996 President / Director
Gable, Wayne - 1 roles
2000 President 1
Gentry, Kevin L. - 3 roles
2005 Vice President 7
2004 Vice President 17
2003 Vice President 20
Holliman, Vonda - 9 roles
2005 Treasurer 3
2004 Treasurer 5
2003 Treasurer 4
2002 Secretary / Treasurer 6
2001 Secretary / Treasurer 5
2000 Secretary / Treasurer 3
1998 Secretary / Treasurer
1997 Secretary / Treasurer
1996 Secretary / Treasurer
Hughes, Victoria A. - 3 roles
1998 Vice President 1
1997 Vice President
1996 Vice President
Humphrey, Mark - 3 roles
2005 Secretary 1
2004 Secretary 1
2003 Secretary 1
Koch, Elizabeth B. - 9 roles
2005 Director 1
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2002 Director 1
2001 Director 1
2000 Vice President / Director 1
1998 Vice President / Director 1
1997 Vice President / Director
1996 Vice President / Director
Koch, Charles C. - 4 roles
2005 Director 1
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2002 Director 1
Koch, Elizabeth R. - 4 roles
2005 Director 1
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2002 Director 1
Koch, Charles G. - 9 roles
2005 Director 1
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2002 Director 1
2001 Director 1
2000 Director 1
1998 Trustee / Director
1997 Trustee / Director
1996 Trustee / Director
Moore, Logan - 1 roles
2005 Secretary 22
Woodlief, Anthony J. - 2 roles
2004 Vice President 13
2003 Vice President 9
Young, Kelly - 6 roles
2005 Vice President 5
2004 Vice President 15
2003 Vice President 20
2002 Vice President 20
2001 Vice President 19
2000 Vice President 17
David H. Koch Charitable Foundation all roles | profile
1 persons in common
Holliman, Vonda - 8 roles
2002 Treasurer 15
2001 Treasurer 1
2000 Treasurer 1
1999 Treasurer 2
1998 Treasurer
1997 Treasurer
1996 Treasurer
1995 Treasurer
Recipients
Council for National Policy all roles | profile
1 persons in common
Gentry, Kevin L. - 2 roles
2005 Director
2004 Director
Institute for Humane Studies all roles | profile
4 persons in common $ 556,457 in grants
Fink, Richard H. - 7 roles
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2001 Director 1
2000 Director 1
2000 Director 1
1999 Director
1998 Director
Gentry, Kevin L. - 4 roles $ 238,852 total pay
2002 Vice President 16 $ 68,155
2001 Vice President 16 $ 72,070
2000 Vice President 20 $ 64,368
2000 Vice President 40 $ 34,259
Koch, Charles G. - 8 roles
2004 Chairman 1
2003 Chairman 1
2002 Chairman 1
2001 Chairman 1
2000 Chairman 1
2000 Chairman/Director 1
1999 Chairman/Director
1998 Chairman/Director
Woodlief, Anthony J. - 1 roles
2002 Director 1
Institute for Justice all roles | profile
1 persons in common $ 265,000 in grants
Lintott, James - 8 roles
2004 Director 1
2003 Director 1
2002 Director 1
2001 Director 1
2000 Director
1999 Director
1998 Director
1997 Director
Leadership Institute all roles | profile
1 persons in common $ 12,000 in grants
Gentry, Kevin L. - 1 roles $ 113,056 total pay
1997 Executive VP 40 $ 113,056
Mercatus Center all roles | profile
5 persons in common

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