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Monday, March 21, 2011

More Koch buying of politicians & legisl

Dan Eggen reports for the Washington Post on freshman Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo's business and political relationship with Koch Industries and the ire they have raised from the political left. 'When Mike Pompeo needed funding for a Wichita aerospace company, one of the places he and his partners went for help was Koch Industries, a hometown firm that is among the world's largest privately held corporations. Last year, Pompeo turned to Koch for help again - this time to support his successful campaign for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pompeo received $80,000 in donations from Koch and its employees,' Eggen writes. 'Now liberal groups have begun turning their ire toward Pompeo, who hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff and proposed legislation in his first weeks in office that could benefit many of Koch's business interests. The measures include amendments approved in the House budget bill to eliminate funding for two major Obama administration programs: a database cataloguing consumer complaints about unsafe products and an Environmental Protection Agency registry of greenhouse-gas polluters.'

(Taken from Politico)

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