The Kochs' Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch's Ties to John Birch Society


July 8, 2014 -- The Center for Media and Democracy has "released new documents that show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its campaigns against the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Charles Koch was following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Koch, a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding." Democracy Now spoke "with Lisa Graves about her new article, 'The Koch Cartel: Their Reach, Their Reactionary Agenda and Their Record'" in the latest issue of the Progressive magazine. In it, "Graves details how the reactionary ideas absorbed during Charles Koch's youth continue to animate many of his actions decades later. Charles and his brother, David Koch, have used their wealth to push a similar agenda into the mainstream through the tea party and "dark money" political coalitions that allow donors to shield their identity while funding attack ads against Democrats."