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Koch Brothers’ donors includes the DeVos family

September 8, 2011

(This article is re-posted from

Research by the Center for Responsive Politics has helped Mother Jones profile the secret donors of the billionaire Koch brother’s charity organization. Audio recordings obtained by the investigative news organization captured Charles and David Koch at a tightly guarded fund-raiser in June thanking 32 of the “great partners” who donated more than $1 million to the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, which, by law, isn’t required to publicly disclose its funders. Those individuals have also been among the biggest spenders in Washington.

A few of the notable supporters of the Koch organization include:

  • The DeVos family, who have donated $2.82 million to political campaigns since the 1990 election cycle. Rich DeVos is owner of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and cofounder of Amway.
  • Dick Farmer, the CEO of the Cintas Corporation, who, along with his wife, donated more than $1.1 million to Republicans during the 2002 election cycle alone. He also served as a bundler for Republican John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid.
  • Joe Craft, who is head of the coal company Alliance Resource Partners, which gave $2.43 million to outside spending groups during the 2010 election cycle.

See the full list on Gavin Aronsen’s post at Mother Jones: “Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Million-Dollar Donor Club.”

Notably, people and political action committees associated with energy and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries have donated $9.6 million to political campaigns and committees since 1989, according to the Center’s research. The company also spends millions on lobbying, having spent $8 million last year alone.


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