Most of you are aware of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring toxic, dangerous Tar Sands crude from Alberta, Canada, 1,700 miles across the United States to the Gulf Coast. For key facts about destructive reality of the pipeline, click here.
In January, President Obama ordered the re-review of K-XL, demanding that the project undergo a thorough, unbiased scientific review. Since then oil lobbyists and oil-connected elected officials led by the oil baron Koch Brothers reacted immediately with efforts to force fast-track approval of the project.
The Koch's have told Congress that they have “no interest in the pipeline.”
The truth: In 2009, Flint Hills Resources Canada, a sub-division of Koch Industries, won “intervenor status” in the National Energy board hearings that soon led to Canada’s sincere approval of their 327-mile portion of the Keystone XL pipeline.
This kind of behavior is nothing new for Charles and David Koch, the third and fourth richest men in the country.
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- The FBI caught Koch Industries pilfering oil from the Osage reservation - a theft personally ordered by Charles Koch according to hidden wire recordings of Koch Industry executives. The Justice Department prepared racketeering and felony theft charges against Koch Industries, but these were dropped, and charged FBI agent Richard Elroy, after political pressure was brought by Koch-funded Senator Bob Dole.
- The US Senate Special Committee on Investigations concluded that, “Koch Oil is the most dramatic example of an oil company stealing by deliberate mismeasurement and fraudulent reporting.” Committee member Senator Dennis DeConcini of Arizona stated that the Koch's personally threatened him to prevent an investigation into the theft and dropping of criminal charges. Koch's oil company paid the Indians $25 million to settle their civil claim.
- llegal Koch Industries campaign contributions in 1994 brought a Republican majority to power in Congress. Before Citizens United, Koch Industries, via a cut-out called Triad Inc. which in turn used a front called, ‘Coalition for Our Children's Future’ and ran $25 million in smear ads last minute against Democratic Congressional candidates before the 1998 vote. The smears, the hidden source of funds, and the size of the campaign spending were then new, shocking -- and effective in wiping out Koch's political opponents. Britain's Guardian disclosed that the Koch's avoided prosecution, according to US Senate investigators, through their political connection to Senator Trent Lott.
- This January in California, the Koch Brothers have set out to buy the White House, having pledged 100 million dollars in now unlimited campaign funds (thanks to the Citizens United ruling) to defeat President Obama.
It’s time to fight back.
This Presidents’ Day Weekend, we will Occupy ‘Koch Town’ in Wichita, Kansas, the hometown and headquarters of the Koch brothers, Koch Industries, and their personally funded Kansas Policy Institute think tank!
Occupy Koch Town is a collaborative action to challenge the Koch brothers on their unrelenting pursuit of oil profits at the expense of the American people and to combat the injustice that is corporate person-hood.
We need your support today to help raise $5,000 for the following essentials for the protesters: a food booth, transportation subsidization, event materials (materials to build a pipeline prop), banners, audio and video equipment, streaming video support, and more.
If you believe that common people have an obligation to stand up to unchecked power and destructive greed then stand with us with your tax-deductible donation now!
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