Thursday, November 17, 2011

Charles Koch - Greasing Palms Leads to "Receiving Homage"

Sometimes “progressive media” publishes something that is so incomplete, you could drive a truck through the missing storyline.  All it would take is an hour more of research and ten more minutes of writing to make the story more noteworthy.

That is the case with a story that was written and posted on Huffington Post – excerpts below:

This week, a few hundred people who lead foundations will gather in Scottsdale, Arizona., for the annual meeting of Philanthropy Roundtable, an organization that promotes independent giving to solve America's challenges while encouraging laws and regulations that make it easy for wealthy people to engage in private philanthropy with little oversight.

At this meeting, the organization will pay homage to Charles Koch who, along with brother, David, is owner of Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in America.

Given his self-interested giving, Charles Koch seems an odd choice to become philanthropy's poster boy. It says a lot about the Philanthropy Roundtable that they chose Koch over the many other outstanding philanthropists in the country to receive this year's award.

Big Deal? – Charles Koch getting recognition for his “philanthropy” – Not really! when you look at the makeup of the Philanthropy Roundtable – the organization that gave Charles the award.

Let’s take a really quick look at the Philanthropy Roundtable and Koch ties:

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC):  . The organization was founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich, who also founded the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage Foundation:  Charles Koch foundations donated $3,497,000 to the Heritage Foundation.

Reason Foundation: David Koch is a trustee on the board; the Koch’s donated over $2,436,212 to the Reason Foundation.     ...   Dr. Adrian Moore, Vice President of Public Policy of the Reason Foundation, is an Advisor to the American Legislative Exchange Council's Commerce, Insurance & Economic Development Task Force.[6] Reason Foundation representatives have also advised ALEC Task Forces on issues such as state budgets [7], and health reform. [8]    The Reason Foundation's Director of Government Affairs, Mike Flynn, was previously policy director for ALEC   
Adam Meyerson joined The Philanthropy Roundtable as president in 2001.   From 1993 to 2001, Adam was vice president for educational affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

Chairman of the Board - Michael W. Grebe is the president and CEO of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
Fred Koch and Harry Bradley were founding members  of the John Birch Society

The Bradley Foundation donated $283,000 to the American Legislative
                 Exchange Council  

Provided $962,500 funding to the Reason foundation

Claude R Lambe Foundation (aka Charles Koch)
                has provided funding to the Bradley Foundation

Vice Chairman of the Board - James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York. 
Provided $527,500 funding to the Heritage Foundation 

Provided $90,000 funding to the Reason foundation 

Another example of greasing palms and
it’s not what you know that really counts or
it's not what you do that really counts.

– It’s  who you know or
– how much you can pay them.

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