• Rick Tvedt

    The Kochs – and ALEC – are pure evil.

  • Tom Scott

    I find it fascinating that a company which counts on every day consumers to buy their products is supporting an agenda that reduces the amount of consumer spending by cutting good paying jobs, and reducing wages and benefits. I would love to find out why they think this will help their companies in the long run.

  • Julie

    I’m not a conservative and I reject much of republican, big money, big business, activities, but this article is AGAIN so one sided. Can we please be honest about the multi-billionaires also contributing huge money to hard left liberal causes and working to defeat anyone who doesn’t agree with their agenda (which admittedly NPQ shares most of).

    It’s this totally imbalanced witch hunt that has unfortunately kept me from supporting NPQ in the most recent appeal. Let’s call out ridiculousness on both sides, please.

  • rick cohen

    Dear Julie: Thanks for your comment. I guess you haven’t noticed our continuing call for the elimination of all of the big money that distorts the political system. We’ve been critics of both sides, especially if you noticed our commentary about Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and its Democratic-leaning opponents. The reality, however, is that the conservative attack ad apparatus funded by the likes of the Koch brothers and Foster Freiss, among others, tends to out muscle their liberal opponents–in terms of dollars–significantly. This article was about the Koch brothers, based on a source article about them. Do keep reading and look at our entire body of work on this subject. Money as used by the political power brokers distorts the democratic process. But since you’re continuing to read NPQ, you must be finding even our “one-sided” articles of use. If you think it’s worth getting exercised about, maybe it’s worth continuing and supporting–with a contribution! Thank you again for the comment.

  • rick cohen

    Dear Tom: I think the Koch brothers are as close to the libertarian ideal in the business sector that you’re going to find. I was surprised at their attempt to wrestle the leadership of the Cato Institute to the ground, as Cato was no less libertarian than they were, except that it relied more on research and analysis and less on political attack ads. But these guys appear to be pretty significantly libertarian and in a way, you can get a good feel about what libertarians want to accomplish by watching how the Koch brothers function in politics and business. Maybe your question implies a subquestion, what is it that leads someone to become a libertarian, how is it that they might believe in their unfettered free market view of the world. Maybe they’ll respond and comment to this article. Thanks for your comment.

  • Patrick


    I agree with you that liberal big-money donors funding 501c4s and super pacs should not get a pass.

    However, most of the major contributors to SuperPACs are conservative (http://projects.propublica.org/pactrack/contributions/tree)

    Conservatives love to throw around Soros’ name as a liberal boogeyman manipulating the strings, but in terms of dollars given, it is my understanding that the conservatives have him beat.