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Forbes: Billionaire Scandals of 2012

Koch Brothers' "Partisan" Pandering?

America's richest brothers Charles (pictured) and David Koch are rarely out of the headlines, but October's accusations were more serious than the usual implications of secret electioneering. Shortly before the presidential election, liberal political magazine In These Times obtained and published a packet of voting information sent to 45,000 employees of Koch Industries paper subsidiary Georgia-Pacific. The materials included a list of Koch-endorsed candidates — those who “have received support from a Koch company or Koch PAC”, the company’s political action committee. For Oregon staffers, that list was comprised solely of Republicans: 14 of them at state level, plus the Romney/Ryan presidential ticket. Koch Industries denied any partisanship, but said the company supported "market-based policies and economic freedom."
(Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT/Newscom)

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