Koch Bros Buy Ads Targeting Nonprofit Report

The billion-dollar Koch Bros don't just buy lobbyists, it seems... now they're buying online ads in an effort to dispute an article about the amount they actually spend on influencing the government. According to Raw Story, Koch Industries is on the defensive about a piece published by the Center for Public Integritywhich breaks down how they're throwing their money around, and in what sectors.

The ad pops up on the side when you Google the terms 'Koch' and 'Center for Public Integrity'; its headline reads 'Slanted Reporting on Koch.' Here's a screenshot.

The ad links to the company's website, kochfacts.com, which contains a number of responses to "media inaccuracies" along with other statements from Koch Industries.

The Center for Public Integrity said the company refused to respond to a reporter’s questions when the story was published last week, but Koch retorted that their concerns about the objectivity and fairness of the reporter were "met with indignation."

"The story is based on Koch’s own reports, hardly controversial material that would warrant the ad hominem attack on a reporter who was objectively doing his job," Center for Public Integrity Executive Director Bill Buzenberg said in response to the ad campaign. "Rather than answer our repeated efforts to get their side of the story or to address issues that are irrefutably factual, it seems as though Koch simply wants to use advertising to bully and chill a free press."

It's interesting that the Koch Brothers are so intent on enacting their lobbying in silence, when clearly their endgame is to tip many of the important tenets that make up America in favor of themselves and other big corporations. Echoes of their Wisconsin defense team...

Read the full story here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 19, 2011, 7:03am

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