The tycoon duo, Charles and David Koch, have been behind an underground campaign to swing the balance of U.S. political power to protect the interests of the wealthy.  These multi-billionaire energy tycoons have spent over $50 million on campaigns to influence financial regulations in favor of Wall Street speculators, to impede the implementation of a fair tax and health care reforms, as well as to tear down the science of climate change and prevent the enactment of clean energy policies.
 
Beside messing with EPA regulations, meddling in Wisconsin, and courting Supreme Court Justices, earlier this year evidence was uncovered that the Koch’s employed a public relations firm to act as a “sockpuppet” for them on websites.

A “sockpuppet” is Internet lingo to refer to someone who creates a fake online identity to hype up himself/herself or a company/cause they work for on message boards or social networking sites.  If a "sockpuppet" is found out, it usually leads to the person’s account being disabled.  The Koch’s “sockpuppet” edited their several Wikipedia pages to remove any references to the Tea Party, hype up George Soros conspiracy theories, and delete any citations to progressive media outlets – essentially scrubbing the Internet of any potentially embarrassing or damning facts about the Kochs.

The Kochs have contracted with dozens of PR firms – they are BILLIONAIRES after all – to ensure their political agenda is kept under wraps.  But thanks to some great reporting nowadays – these guys aren’t in the shadows anymore.

On a related note, a prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming, Richard Muller, spent two years trying to prove that mainstream climate scientists were wrong. A significant portion of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation - a major funder of climate change skeptic groups. Koch Industries is heavily involved in oil and other industries that produce sizable greenhouse gas emissions. Ironically, Muller determined that climate scientists were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.  His ultimate findings of a warming world, which are to be presented at a conference on Monday, October 31st, is no different from what mainstream climate scientists have been saying for decades.

The following documentary gives a small glimpse into the strong “web of influence” of the Koch Brothers on state and federal politicians.