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Intro: "A few years back, practically no one in America knew who these guys were, the Koch brothers, much less how to pronounce their name. But now Charles and David Koch have replaced Dick Cheney as the chief villains for many. For years, they have been using their vast fortune, estimated at a combined $44 billion, to help fund conservative think tanks and politicians."

The Koch Brothers' Influence

Mark Ames and Yasha Lavigne, The Dylan Ratigan Show

18 September 11 your social media marketing partner


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+11 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-19 01:35
ReTHUGliKKKlans have a Koch problem and need to be locked up for group therapy.
+15 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-19 07:30
Progressive Patriot, we can hope and pray that the Murdoch Media Tsunami crosses the Atlantic around early 2012. Most are not paying much attention to it these day. The UPSIDE of this is it has strong potential to take down Faux News, Newscorp., and MUCH OF the ReTHUGliKKKans base, and its candidates for political office! Just in time for the 2012 elections.
+12 # X Dane 2011-09-19 12:27
The more the Koch brothers and their nasty underhanded dealings are exposed, the better.
Our citizens need to understand, that they are "the guys behind the curtain" stearing, paying for, and manipulating the T-bagers astroturf organisation.

+4 # chick 2011-10-04 21:07
These two are the moneybags that control the Republican party. When they say jump the Republicans Jump.
0 # geohunt1 2011-10-13 17:14
Middle-class, working-class and poor. We are the 99% We shall overcome! We MUST prevail! Our country depends on it.