Harry Reid’s obsession with the Koch Brothers is well-documented. In fact, Reid and the Democrats’ addiction is so bad that even Beltway media outlets like POLITICO have taken notice, and they’re not even buying what the Democrats are selling:
But if you pull back the curtain on the Democrats’ Koch brothers’ song and dance, you find that the premise of their campaign is not only flawed but actually underscores how hypocritical the party is when it comes to campaign finance. The reality is that it’s the Democrats who have a Koch problem.
And though Harry Reid and the Democrats would have you believe the Kochs are evil capitalists who exploit workers fore billions in profits, the numbers would suggest otherwise.
The Koch family has a massive charitable network that gives millions of dollars to the arts, humanities, education, and medical research, and David Koch is listed as the 24th most charitable American of 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
And most recently, the Kochs donated $25 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). WaPo reports:
The money will come from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation, which are headed by the brothers. Most of the money ($18.5 million) will go toward a scholarship program. The other $6.5 million is provided for general support to historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF, with $4 million set aside for loan assistance.
The UNCF is the nation’s largest minority education group.
Such a highly-publicized gift is unusual for Charles Koch. His foundation routinely gives away lots of money, but typically with little fanfare.
“Increasing well-being by helping people improve their lives has long been our focus,” Charles Koch said in a statement.
UNCF president and chief executive Michael Lomax said, ”UNCF is proud to announce this new scholarship program that will help motivated and deserving students not just get to and through school, but to become our next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs We are enormously grateful to Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation for their long-standing support of UNCF and for helping to create new opportunities for earned success and a better future for our students.”
Though UNCF welcomed the gift, not all recipients of the Kochs charitable contributions are grateful. Earlier this year, the SEIU and their unionized nurses in New York protested a $100 million contribution by the Kochs to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital:
No, the only thing the liberal interest groups didn’t like about the new hospital wing was its funding source: the philanthropist known as David H. Koch. The new wing was gratefully to be named after Koch, who along with his brother Charles stands as one of today’s great philanthropists.
Among the many David Koch gifts to this city alone are a previous $15 million to New York-Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical Center, $30 million to Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, $25 million to the Hospital for Special Surgery, $20 million to a dinosaur exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, $65 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and $100 million to the Lincoln Center theater that is home to the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.
What will Harry Reid do? The narrative Democrats are trying to tell is inconsistent with the Koch’s personal philanthropy. That, coupled with the fact that half of Americans don’t seem to know who the Koch Brothers are, suggests Reid’s campaign against the Kochs isn’t going anywhere.
Somewhere in Washington or Searchlight, Nevada, Harry Reid’s head is exploding.