The Koch brothers have stopped hiding in the background, they just bought the US House and part of the Senate.
The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington's political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Wichita-based Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil, contributing $279,500 to 22 of the committee's 31 Republicans, and $32,000 to five Democrats.
Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration's proposal to regulate greenhouse gases. Of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel, five benefited from the group's separate advertising and grass-roots activity during the 2010 campaign.
Claiming an electoral mandate, Republicans on the committee have launched an agenda of the sort long backed by the Koch brothers. A top early goal: restricting the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the Kochs' core energy businesses.
The same story applies in North Carolina where Art Pope is now much more visible in the structure and agenda of the NC General Assembly. We got real trouble in River City if these people, who usually operated in the darkness, are now out in the open and flouting it, blatantly, as in "see what I bought, and took away from you". This is extremely serious. It is radically dangerous to the government and to the American people who used to own it. As long as these people occupy the legislatures for Koch and Pope, they can pursue their social agendas randomly funded by these rich people and corporations. Worse, most of the population are still asleep.