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The Increasingly Political and Defensive Koch Industries Twitter Feed

A chart shows just how punchy and on the ropes @Koch_Industries is feeling these days, taking their political message to Twitter.


The good folks at Oppose the Future (a project of Green For All) pay close attention to the official Koch Industries twitter feed (@Koch_Industries). Recently they noticed that it's been getting increasingly defensive and political. The chart above is a plot of all of the company's tweets since the account was formed in early 2009. As you can see, after the New Yorker's devastating investigative piece about the Koch brothers by Jane Mayer, a switch flipped. The company stopped tweeting about, well, corporate stuff, and get very political, defending the free market, and defending Koch Industries' environmental record. After Charles Koch's recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, you see a similar spike in self-defensive tweets and free market cheerleading.

I suppose this isn't all that surprising, but it is interesting to see it all laid out. I check out a fair amount of corporate Twitter feeds from time to time, and I think it's pretty rare for companies to be so outspoken about politics. Koch Industries is a privately held company, though. I wonder if a company beholden to shareholders would get away with such blatant political messaging on a public platform.

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Infographic: How the Koch Brothers and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Turn Democracy Into a Game of Monopoly

An easy-to-trace look at how the Koch brothers' millions are buying political favors in Minnesota.

The clever and righteous folks at The Other 98% put out this infographic on the rather clear connection between the Koch brother's plentiful dollars and the Wisconsin governor who is now busting unions and, more important to this discussion, insisting on no-bid sales of the state-owned power plants.

Quick background: It just so happens that the three companies best positioned to buy and operate those facilities, which they could get for pennies on the dollar through the no-bid sale process, are all subsidiaries of, you guessed it: Koch Industries. (We've covered and ranted about the Kochs a bunch in the past. Amongst many other horrible, terrible things, they're some of the worst polluters in the country.) This Walker-Koch "secret deal" rumor seems to fall more towards credibility than wild-eyed conspiracy theory when you look at all the details in place, as Rick Unger did on his Forbes blog last week.

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Updated: Joel Francis, the Student and Former Marine, Challenges Koch CEO to Public Prop 23 Debate

Joel Francis is a student and Marine Corp veteran. He just challenged the billionaire CEO of Koch Industries to a public debate about Prop 23.

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This is Joel Francis. He's a student at Cal State Los Angeles, a former student body president, and a Marine Corp veteran. He also just challenged the billionaire oilman CEO of Koch Industries to a public debate about the merits of California's Prop 23, which would kill California's climate law and into which Koch Industries has funneled at least $1 million.

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