The billionaire fossil fuel executive and GOP megadonor has spent his entire adult life financing partisan politics, right-wing think tanks, and ideological education programs. At 85, that's unlikely to change.
Tax records obtained by CMD reveal two donors to the right-wing publication's new, affiliated nonprofit.
The Milwaukee-based foundation pumped more than $42 million in 2019 into a network of right-wing groups dedicated to attacking unions, blocking climate action, creating obstacles to voting, and promoting the GOP’s political power and policy agenda.
DonorsTrust, the corporate Right’s most popular donor-advised fund sponsor, provided the sting operation with nearly one-third of its revenue over the last five years on record.
Some of the wealthiest conservative donors in the U.S. have poured over $100 million into media since 2015, a CMD analysis has found.
Recent tax filings show that “most viewed conservative site in world” saw dramatic growth after Trump’s election, and has paid its founder and his brother close to $1 million.
The preferred piggy bank for Koch network megadonors bankrolled key players in the Right’s growing state infrastructure, legal advocacy, and media operations, in addition to funding climate denial, union busting, and gerrymandering.
Billionaire Charles Koch’s two foundations spent nearly $3.5 million on media grants and contracts in 2018.
Many of the same fringe figures and media outlets that Trump invited to the White House are faithfully playing defense for the president during damning impeachment hearings.
The Center for Media and Democracy joins more than 350 news outlets across the country in denouncing Trump's attacks on a free press.