Charles Koch was born on November 1st, 1935. He has survived WWII, and the latter half of the Great Depression. Charles Koch and his brother, David, run Koch Industries. After inheriting the business from their father, who kept it strictly involved in oil, the brothers decided to expand the company’s horizons. Now, they have holds on the Dixie Cup, Quilted Northern, and Lyrca.
Charles Koch has now expanded his influence beyond the products that are bought on a day to day basis. Since 2003, he has spread his influence through the world of American politics. This is already a very hard thing to navigate, since it seems like the only people who have any influence have the money.
This network that he has set up has come under fire recently from the media. When once they were able to operate in the shadows, now they must live with the media’s ability to make rumors spread like wildfire. No one is truly free from this, no matter how much good they are doing.
One such rumor is that the Koch network operates completely separately of the Republican GOP. Along those same lines, the media also believes the network is meant to work like an entirely separate third party. This is not true. For that much influence to be given to one network, the network has to be a parasite. A parasite is any creature that cannot survive without a host.
Without the GOP, there is no Koch network. That is a very bad thing for the Republicans, since many are now agreeing with the extreme stances that the Koch family is trying to push through. They want to cut back government involvement in day to day activities of the American people.
Another thing on their agenda is to block or destroy any environmental protective measures. As mentioned earlier, Charles Koch is well known for their work in the oil industry. When measures are taken to protect the environment, it makes it harder for the Koch family to do their work.
However, with all the money the network gathers, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there are many who are receiving that money. What shouldn’t surprise anyone, as well, is that the money is given out in small amounts, and is usually a one time thing.
No matter what the Koch network does, its influence sure won’t go away any time soon.