The Kochs have used their corporation Koch Industries, its capital and networks of right-wing organizations to dominate the Republican Party for decades. These networks have pooled hundreds of millions dollars every election cycle in support of candidates who support extreme conservative policies. They have created more than 600 offshore subsidiaries as tax shelters while funneling millions into state and federal elections to elect the most extreme candidates up and down the ballot. This is an example of the most extreme corporate greed and abuse of our democracy.
So what are you looking at now? This is a list of some of the most familiar Koch products and brands.
-American Greetings (took heavy Koch investment, upwards of $200 million)
-Angel Soft Ultra
-Brawny paper towels
-Mardis Gras napkins
-Perfect Touch cups, paper products
-Sparkle paper towels
-Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
-Georgia-Pacific Office products
-Georgia-Pacific's enMotion paper towel dispenser
-Georgia-Pacific's engineered lumber
-INVISTA’s PET polymer is used in oxygen-sensitive packaging for food and beverages.
-ADI-PURE® Adipic Acid
-ANTRON® Carpet Fiber
-DYTEK® Idea Intermediates
-FLEXISOLV® Solvent Solutions
-LYCRA HyFit® Fiber
-OXYCLEAR® Barrier Resin
-TERATHANE® Polyether Glycol
-TORZEN® PA66 Resin
Koch Fertilizer Company's AGROTAIN® nitrogen stabilizer fertilizer products are used around the world to improve nitrogen efficiency and enhance crop productions.
The magnitude of how much these products pervade our lives is difficult to wrap your head around. Additionally the fact that the many millions the Kochs make from our purchases of their products is used against us by their working against the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid, and state’s efforts to pass legislation to address climate change. A major effort is being made by them and their networks to destroy unions while getting big tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.
It is not for me to tell you what to spend your money on but you might want to think more carefully about it next time you make purchases for yourself and your household.
And for goodness sakes DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE!