I was going to add this to the existing thread about the oil billionaires and their Tea Party, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. (The New Yorker article is long but worth reading.) The Kochs operate through various organizations, one being a group that David Koch founded called the Americans For Prosperity. They have been leading the fight against environmental protections. The AFP helped organize the very first tea party protests. It is managed by astroturf lobbyist who spent the first year of the Obama administration mobilizing the tea party. . AFP also has many front groups including "Patients United." They assisted in the intimidation and disruption of the town hall meetings on health reform. . The Competitive Enterprise Institute is partly funded by Koch foundations. They were responsible for the false “Climategate” e-mails showed that scientists had concealed climate data from the public. . The Cato Institute was founded by Charles Koch. They developed a legal theory for environmental deregulation championed by lobbyists. . The Heritage Foundation is funded by the Kochs. . Koch Industries is a major polluter and has leaked over 3 MILLION gallons of crude oil into drinking water and fisheries in the U.S. . The Bush administration appointed Koch Industries lobbyists and political operatives to key environmental positions throughout the federal government. . Koch Industries has lobbied against recognizing formaldehyde as a carcinogen. They own Georgia Pacific, a major producer of formaldehyde. They are the behind-the-scenes leaders of the Libertarians. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/04/01/koch-pollution-astroturf-2deca/ This is the recent article by Jane Mayer: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer .