As the close ties between fossil fuel billionaires Charles and David Koch and the Trump administration come to light, Democratic senators are demanding answers about how much influence the Koch brothers have had in shaping key federal policies, including the decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement and the shrinking of national monuments.
Throughout that history, Koch-backed groups have stood out as reliable, stalwart opponents of regulation of money in politics. While far from the only players in the legal battle, the Kochs are certainly among the most recognizable — and significant.
A six-month investigation by Bloomberg Markets magazine into Koch Industries has revealed the highly secretive conglomerate paid bribes to improperly win contracts around the world, and sold millions of dollars worth of petrochemical equipment to Iran.
A year ago, the Supreme Court decided on one of the most controversial campaign finance cases in recent history. Now, a liberal group, Common Cause, has filed a petition arguing that Justices Scalia and Thomas should be taken off campaign finance cases.
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