The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents. The filings show that the network of politically active nonprofit groups backed by the Kochs and fellow donors in the 2012 elections financially outpaced other independent groups on the right and, on its own, matched the long-established national coalition of labor unions that serves as one of the biggest sources of support for Democrats.
The Koch Scholar program is a select group of intellectually curious faculty and students. We encourage students from any discipline to apply. We are especially interested in applications from students who are interested in how politics and economics affect individual freedom and responsibility. The Koch Scholars program is competitive and selects only the most promising candidates.
For more than fifty years, Charles Koch has supported research and educational programs focused on improving individual and societal well-being. The Charles Koch Foundation supports people and organizations that help advance an understanding of the conditions necessary to improve peoples’ lives.We are committed to the highest standards of integrity in our philanthropy, and our Guiding Principles form the basis of a culture that extends throughout our organization and shapes our grant making.The following tenets inform our university philanthropy and characterize our grants to universities.Consistent with this philosophy, our grants are designed to promote independent exploration; as such, grant recipients retain full control over their research programs and other initiatives supported by our grants.Our grants conform to the recipient university’s policy regarding hiring, research, and educational curriculum.
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