Tea Party Pollutocrat David Koch entertains newly elected Republicans on first day of new Congress

Yesterday, as Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was sworn in as the Speaker of the House for the 112th Congress, ThinkProgress witnessed a group of Koch Industries lobbyists entering the Capitol along with members of Congress and their families.

Tim Phillips, a former business partner to Jack Abramoff who now leads the Koch front group Americans for Prosperity, was with Nancy Pfotenhauer, a former corporate lobbyist for Koch Industries. ThinkProgress learned that David Koch, the polluter billionaire who has bankrolled groups organizing the Tea Parties and much of the modern conservative movement, was also in attendance in the Capitol for Boehner’s swearing-in event.

After the ceremony, David Koch walked up to Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) “” a freshman Republican Koch helped to elect using his front group, Americans for Prosperity “” and asked him to confirm that he will be attending a party that Koch is hosting for Republicans. Guinta said he would be at the party, which began at 5:00pm today.

Koch has been one of the most active players in Republican politics in the Obama era. His group Americans for Prosperity helped orchestrate much of the Tea Party movement; he funds many of the top conservative think tanks, like Heritage and the American Legislative Exchange Council; and, he also ran tens of millions of dollars in attack ads to elect the new Republican Congress. As ThinkProgress reported, Koch convened a secret meeting of top business leaders “” mostly bankers, industrialists, and oil men “” to meet with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Glenn Beck to plan the midterm election in June 2010.

— Lee Fang in a TP cross-post

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18 Responses to Tea Party Pollutocrat David Koch entertains newly elected Republicans on first day of new Congress

  1. And what are we going to do about this situation? Surprise, surprise — we’re going to do absolutely nothing!

    No hay déspotas donde no hay esclavos.

  2. John McCormick says:

    Frank, one thing we can do is vote against the Republican nominee for President in 2012. That candidate, of course, will be David Koch.

    Gotta go oil the head vise.

    John McCormick

  3. Peter M says:

    As we decide to do nothing about carbon emissions, I have a kind of Machiavellian predicative mind- of what is going to happen next.

    An arctic that is showing increasing signs of turmoil, increasing C02 rise into the danger zone. Weather events becoming more extreme.

    It looks like a disaster movie- that unfortunately will will turn out to be not fiction, but reality. It might be easy to sit, have a cocktail, and watch, but who knows, I could be next.

  4. Mike Roddy says:

    Collateral damage of people like David Koch is the humiliation of our once great country, now almost fully captured by the kind of people who will do anything whatsoever to make more money.

  5. And his father Fred Koch was a founding member of the John Birch Society.

  6. Prokaryotes says:

    Reading all this about Koch the Dominator of the USA, is like a really bad movie plot or maybe “Rosebud” will forever remain an enigma.

  7. Neal Heidler says:

    In case you thought Boehner’s crying episodes indicate that he a sentimental, nice guy who’s not so bright check this out:

    (it’s has video of Boehner admitting that he handed out checks from tobacco companies to half a dozen Reps on the House floor.)

  8. catman306 says:

    The man and his followers are evil. BOOOOO!!!!

    There is nothing not evil about a man who would take control of a great nation using lies and subterfuge, and do it purely for greed, power and wealth accumulation.

    Revelation 11:18 Seems to say we’re on a mission from God, who is said to want us “to destroy those who destroy the Earth.”

    twenty translations here:

  9. Chris Winter says:

    No hay déspotas donde no hay esclavos.

    Translation by Google: “There are no tyrants where there are no slaves.”

    Incidentally, it’s a sentence found in El Filibusterismo, a 1908 novel, one of two written by Jose Rizal, a polymath and national hero of the Philippines.

  10. Pete Dunkelberg says:

    Conversely, given a nation of slaves or at least sheep ….

  11. Leland Palmer says:

    The appropriate response would be to naionalize Koch Industries, IMO.

    Could a class action suit be brought against Koch and ExxonMobil, for climate damages reaching tens or hundreds of trillions of dollars?

    A gallon of Koch refined gasoline will trigger the release of greenhouse heating equal to roughly one hundred thousand times its heat of combustion. Even within a single year, the ratio is at least fifty to one between greenhouse heating and heat of combustion.

    This means that the greenhouse side effects are thousands of times the useful energy gained by combustion of fossil fuels.

    These corporations should of course be liable for huge damages- equal to at least all the money they have ever made. So, a huge judgement should be secured against them, and when these corporations and all of the investors who have profited are bankrupted, if not sooner, our government should nationalize them and change them by force into something more technologically benign.

    There is a lawsuit being heard by the Supreme Court that might set precedents and which we should keep an eye on:

    Supreme Court: American Electric Power versus Connecticut

  12. Mike Roddy says:

    Leland Palmer,

    I support all of your ideas. The biggest problem I see is in the media manipulated public response, though executing nationalization of Exxon and Koch will be hard enough on its own.

    David and Charles Koch know in their hearts that they are criminals, and their Deerfield-MIT educations tell me that they know climate science perfectly well themselves. Fox, The Tea Party, and all of the Ford 250 drivers between the coasts have already been recruited by Koch propagandists like Tim Phillips to view nationalization of destructive industries as a communist takeover. Hell, they even call a $.50 a gallon gas tax the first step toward socialism and World Government. If oil and coal firm nationalization ever succeeded, there would be riots and violence, begun not by Xe and Koch security firms, but from the Bufords and Bills who bought automatic weapons at gun shows, and got chubbies listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

    This have been clever moves on the Kochs’ part. They not only get the rubes’ money, they persuade them to do their fighting for them. Clever, that is, if you don’t care who or what you bring down in flames with you.

  13. “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” Thomas Jefferson

    Truly the only thing we can do at this point is to stop supporting the corporations that are exploiting us.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    After Kochtopus Incorporated is nationalised, its leading figures must be put to work, remediating ecological damage, by planting trees, making bio-char or working in renewable energy. The hard labour will do ’em good, too. Our leading mining plutocrats here, and many other business and political ‘figures’ are so gob-smackingly corpulent that they are a hazard to shipping. Work them hard, feed them sparingly, and watch them disappear, figuratively speaking.

  15. While dreaming about nationalization and stuff, is there something that we can do right now?

    Maybe we need someone to design posters, flyers, PC wallpapers, bumper stickers, and T-shirts that read “DAVID KOCH — SHADOW PRESIDENT OF AMERICA — IS AN EVIL MAN“. And get them distributed them all over the US, heck, all over the world. If someone manages to come up with something that looks good enough, I may just decide to use it as my blog’s wallpaper. :)

    It’ll really piss off the Koch family and the Tea Party goons, but it’ll help spread the awareness.


  16. Raul M. says:

    One hurricane can ruin your year.
    A summer of repeated hurricanes
    can ruin your state.
    Guess what, a child starts out with,
    what is a mess?, and after realizing
    looks to see what’s next. Children
    In controll of the future of the state
    Isn’t supposed to happen because
    By the time they age they should
    Have learned responsibility beyond
    just being capable of making messes.

  17. Leland Palmer says:

    Actually, ownership is a legal fiction.

    Ownership can be changed with the stroke of a pen. :)

    We recently nationalized General Motors, more or less, and the sky didn’t fall in.

    If there is any justice at all in the world, the one hundred thousand times greenhouse heat multiplier factor alone should be enough to get these corporations declared a public nuisance, and win a huge civil suit for climate damages against them.

    Seize them, and transform them by force. Go after the super rich investors who have profited from AGW to finance the conversion of these industries to something more benign. Construct a system of worldwide financial transparency, if necessary, to prevent the flight of capital overseas.

    Their political power is based on their wealth. Take that wealth away from them- for starters.

    Koch and ExxonMobil show no signs of being either honest or reasonable. Instead they are financing deception networks to corrupt the political process.

    Go after their wealth, break their power, and then put them in prison for crimes against humanity.

  18. Leif says:

    Hear, Hear, Leland @ 17.