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FACTSHEET: David H. Koch

DETAILS

Former VP, Koch Industries, Inc.
President, David H. Koch Charitable Foundation. Trustee, Reason Foundation. Board Member, Cato Institute. Former Board Member, Citizens for a Sound Economy.

Koch's family owns America's second largest privately held corporation and has helped found and fund some of the country's most prominant libertarian policy organizations. His wealth is estimated at $25 billion (Forbes, 2011).

David has always been the most politically active member of the Koch family, and ran as the Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate in 1980. Along with brother Charles, in the late 1970s David Koch created groups that matched his stong libertarian ideology. Charles cofounded the Cato Institute in 1978 with Paul Crane. The brothers provided the seed money to Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Institute for Justice. Other Koch projects include the Center for the Study of Market Processes and the Institute for Humane Studies. The brothers continue to fund their projects and others that match their ideology through the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, and the Claude R. Lambe CharitableFoundation.

KEY QUOTES

"Global warming could be good for the planet. A far greater land area will be available to produce food.”
Source: New York Magazine David Koch Interview

ORGANIZATIONS

Cato Institute
Source: Cato Website Board of Directors 05/05

Reason Foundation
Source: Reason website 4/04

Citizens for A Sound Economy and CSE Educational Foundation
Source: CSE website, 3/04

Earthwatch Institute
Source: Earthwatch website

Koch Industries
Source: DeSmog Koch Prop 23 Flint Hills

Americans for Prosperity
Source: Polluterwatch - Americans for Prosperity

SOURCES

CSE website, 3/04
http://www.cse.org

Reason website 4/04
website for the Reason Foundation (as well as Reason Magazine and Reason Public Policy Institute).
http://www.reason.org

Earthwatch website
Eartchwatch Institute website
http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutew/advisors.html

Cato Website Board of Directors 05/05
http://www.cato.org/people/directors.html

New York Magazine David Koch Interview
Andrew Goldman, "The Billionaire's Party," New York Magazine, July 25, 2010.
http://nymag.com/news/features/67285/

DeSmog Koch Prop 23 Flint Hills
Koch Industries wholly-owned subsidiary Flint Hills Resources donated $1 million to back California Proposition 23 in 2010.
http://www.desmogblog.com/koch-industries-donates-1-million-prop-23-effort-kill-california-climate-law

Polluterwatch - Americans for Prosperity
http://www.polluterwatch.com/americans-prosperity