David Koch, the billionaire who reshaped American politics with this brother Charles, dies at 79

  
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David Koch, the billionaire who reshaped American politics with this brother Charles, dies at 79

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David Koch, the nationally known billionaire conservative financier and industrialist, had died. He was 79.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David," Charles Koch said in a statement Friday. "Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life."

David, whose net worth of about $42.2 billion tied him with his brother as the world's 11th-richest person in a ranking by Forbes, gained most of his wealth from a 42 percent stake in the Kansas-based energy and chemical company, Koch Industries, which he co-owned with his brother since 1983. The global family enterprise has interests ranging from oil to beef to fertilizer to paper and is the nation's second-largest privately-held company.

David stepped down from his position as executive vice president of Koch Industries   and other Koch-affiliated groups last year due to his declining health. Charles remains the company's chairman and chief executive officer, a role he has held since 1967.

Although he was on the liberal side of social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, David used his fortune to champion conservative causes that favor lowering taxes, free trade and deregulations. He was the vice-presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party in 1980.

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

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Billionaire fuckwad David Koch  has died  at the age of 79, according to  multiple   reports . He  retired  from (or was  forced out  of) the family political business last year. And to think, he never got to see the world devastated by the climate denial he helped spread. https://www.wonkette.com/08-23-2019
 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

Dredge Discharge Pipe-Koch Industries dumping toxic waste in St. John's River in Jacksonville, FL

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It Is ME
1.2  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago
Billionaire fuckwad David Koch

Nice ! jrSmiley_84_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  It Is ME @1.2    one month ago

Some people don't deserve much more. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.2.2  It Is ME  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    one month ago

And some are chastised based on "ASS"umptions reported as truth !

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  It Is ME @1.2    one month ago

He's dead.  What does he care?

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.2.4  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.3    one month ago
He's dead.  What does he care?

Whose "He" ?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
1.2.5  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    one month ago
Some people don't deserve much more. 

I watched "Patriot Act" with Hasan Minhaj last night and he absolutely roasted the Koch brothers and their vile attacks on public transportation across the US. It really was sad that they were so successful at killing so many public transportation projects, they really are some of the worst people on the planet only ever outdone in their douchery by the current President.

 
 
 
MrFrost
1.2.6  MrFrost  replied to  It Is ME @1.2.4    one month ago
Whose "He" ?

Reading the article, or for that matter, the headline, should give you a clue. 

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.2.7  It Is ME  replied to  MrFrost @1.2.6    one month ago
Reading the article, or for that matter, the headline, should give you a clue. 

You speaking for someone else ?

 
 
 
r.t..b...
1.2.8  r.t..b...  replied to  It Is ME @1.2.4    one month ago
Whose "He" ?

Who is John Galt?

 
 
 
It Is ME
1.2.9  It Is ME  replied to  r.t..b... @1.2.8    one month ago
John Galt

A "Character" ?

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.2.10  gooseisgone  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    4 weeks ago

I will have the same feelings for George Soros.

 
 
 
MrFrost
1.2.11  MrFrost  replied to  gooseisgone @1.2.10    4 weeks ago
I will have the same feelings for George Soros.

Why do you hate a rich Jew? 

 
 
 
gooseisgone
1.2.12  gooseisgone  replied to  MrFrost @1.2.11    3 weeks ago

The Jew who disguised himself as a Christian?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    4 weeks ago

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JohnRussell
1.3.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3    4 weeks ago

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JohnRussell
1.3.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3.1    4 weeks ago

Bette Midler tweeted that 'now Charles Koch (the surviving brother) sees how happy the world will be when he dies', and she got a lot of heat for being "cruel". 

My own crocodile tears for the Kochs evaporated after seeing numerous pictures and videos of their companies dumping toxic sludge into the nation's waterways. 

Sorry Koch brothers, not too many people will mourn you.  Thats the way it is. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
1.3.3  MrFrost  replied to  JohnRussell @1.3    4 weeks ago

I have her on alert... Her tweets are the best...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    one month ago

I'm all tore up

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    one month ago

bwah ha ha, he's moved on to lead the now fastest growing segment of the tea party. welcome to the FOAD club, Dave. good riddance

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    one month ago

Yeah, yeah, what a shame.  Dead, dead, dead.  Doesn't he have a brother to continue to donate his dark money to the gop?

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.2.1  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    one month ago

$1.4 Million to Democrats running for office.

Such Bitches ain't they ?

They are "Libertarians". jrSmiley_88_smiley_image.gif

https://71republic.com/2018/08/03/koch-brothers-libertarianism/

"The Koch brothers are widely regarded as two of the biggest and most influential small-l libertarians in the country. "

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.2.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  It Is ME @2.2.1    one month ago
$1.4 Million to Democrats running for office.

What did they  spend on the GOP in 16...

like $70 million , or was it $700 Million ?

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.2.3  It Is ME  replied to  igknorantzrulz @2.2.2    one month ago
What did they  spend on the GOP in 16.

So !

You jealous that they spend more on "Good Ideas" instead of STUPID "Cow Fart" "Green Deals" ?

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
2.2.4  igknorantzrulz  replied to  It Is ME @2.2.3    one month ago
So !

OK

I give

U Win

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.2.5  Tessylo  replied to  It Is ME @2.2.1    one month ago

Dead, dead, dead.

What's for dinner?

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.2.6  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @2.2.5    one month ago
Dead, dead, dead.

From a compassionate liberal ! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
It Is ME
2.2.7  It Is ME  replied to  igknorantzrulz @2.2.4    one month ago
I give U Win

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Dismayed Patriot
3  Dismayed Patriot    one month ago

I wonder how much of his billions he was able to take with him...

Hopefully they don't try and cremate him, they'll be shocked when his body refuses to burn due to its 6th circle of hell origin.

 
 
 
MrFrost
4  MrFrost    one month ago

The face of evil. 

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5  r.t..b...    one month ago

An interesting study in American wealth and politics. Simultaneously donating millions to the Arts in NYC while forging the genesis of 'dark money' in nationwide campaigns. His is a cautionary tale worth telling and his influence will be felt for a long time, whether you agree or disagree with his agenda. (and I do not)  

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
5.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  r.t..b... @5    one month ago
(and I do not) 

Me either

They used their money to PURCHASE candidates, that were more representing Koch Industries,than their actual constituents.

Lobbyists are  one of the worse defects in our system of government.

It's Bull$hit!

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.1  r.t..b...  replied to  igknorantzrulz @5.1    one month ago
Lobbyists are  one of the worse defects in our system of government.

Agreed. Further empowered by the Citizens United decision. It will only become more toxic until it is overturned and that is one thing  everyone should be able to agree upon.

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  igknorantzrulz @5.1    one month ago

Which candidate did they purchase, and for how much?

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.2    4 weeks ago

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Texan1211
5.1.4  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @5.1.3    4 weeks ago
dozens of Koch-sucking teabags. amounts vary per Koch-sucking teabag.

Perhaps you misunderstood the question.

Here, I will repeat it for you:

Which candidate did they purchase, and for how much?

Do I really need to explain what it is I am asking for in plain, easy-to-understand English?

Or would you better understand it if I wrote it in Russian?

 
 
 
Heartland American
5.1.5  Heartland American  replied to  Texan1211 @5.1.4    4 weeks ago

Chinese?  

 
 
 
Texan1211
5.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  Heartland American @5.1.5    4 weeks ago

I suspect that the language really isn't the problem here, but rather comprehension.

Some can't comprehend a thing if it isn't Trump-conspiracy-related.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
6  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

Even being the 11th richest person in the world cant stave off the grim reaper. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1  Tacos!  replied to  JohnRussell @6    4 weeks ago

Am I wrong or don't you kind of expect that being a billionaire might get you a few more years? You know, you can totally afford a professional personal chef to cook healthy meals, physical trainers to keep you fit, doctors just kind of hanging around in case you get a sniffle, etc.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Tacos! @6.1    4 weeks ago

Affording the best care that most of us can only dream of allowed him to live years longer than his doctors predicted.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
6.1.2  Bob Nelson  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6.1.1    4 weeks ago

This is going to be a serious problem.

The wealthy will buy immortality. The rest of us.......

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tacos! @6.1    4 weeks ago

What did he die of? The article says he was 79 but doesn't list the cause of death...unless I missed it.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Bob Nelson @6.1.2    4 weeks ago

Why do people want to live forever?

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
6.1.5  Bob Nelson  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.4    4 weeks ago

Because they haven't thought it through.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
6.1.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.3    4 weeks ago

I believe it was cancer.  

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
7  Bob Nelson    one month ago

Will anyone miss him?

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
7.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  Bob Nelson @7    one month ago

Yes I’m flying my flag at half-staff today. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
7.1.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Dean Moriarty @7.1    one month ago

Figures...

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
7.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Dean Moriarty @7.1    4 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
8  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Sad to hear of the passing of a compassionate philanthropist and a true libertarian. RIP

 
 
 
cjcold
9  cjcold    4 weeks ago

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Tessylo
9.1  Tessylo  replied to  cjcold @9    4 weeks ago

Another one nites the dust, another one bites the dust . . . .

 
 
 
dennis smith
9.1.1  dennis smith  replied to  Tessylo @9.1    4 weeks ago

I have felt the same when donors to the dems have died.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
9.1.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  dennis smith @9.1.1    4 weeks ago

I have felt the same when donors to the dems have died.

Alrighty then.

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Tax Records: Donald Trump Donated $100,000 To The Clinton Foundation
Before Trump decided he was a “conservative” he was known to champion progressive and liberal causes.

 
 
 
WallyW
9.1.3  WallyW  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @9.1.2    4 weeks ago

And he's still not a conservative.

Koch was a No Trumper.

 
 
 
dennis smith
9.1.4  dennis smith  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @9.1.2    4 weeks ago

Your reading comprehension is lacking. None of the above are dead.

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
10  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

Glad he is finally dead, fuck him.

 
 
 
dennis smith
10.1  dennis smith  replied to  Thrawn 31 @10    4 weeks ago

Exactly how I will feel when Obama and the Clintons die.

 
 
 
dennis smith
10.1.1  dennis smith  replied to  dennis smith @10.1    4 weeks ago

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JohnRussell
10.1.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  dennis smith @10.1.1    4 weeks ago

Your mistake was not waiting until after they're dead. Like Thrawn did. 

 
 
 
dennis smith
11  dennis smith    4 weeks ago

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Heartland American
11.1  Heartland American  replied to  dennis smith @11    4 weeks ago

It’s just sad and pathetic the juvenile hate filled vengeance motivate grave dancing that has come from the political left since it was announced he died.  

 
 
 
dennis smith
12  dennis smith    3 weeks ago

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