The Obama machine keeps its friends close, and destroys its enemies

The Koch brother’s have been issued a peremptory request, to appear at a hearing regarding the Keystone XL pipeline.  The requisition was written in a letter by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and provided the brothers with just two days advance notice.

The Wall Street Journal describes the White House as engaging in “derogatory speculative innuendo” and asserts that:

“In this country, we regard the use of official power to oppress or intimidate private citizens as a despicable abuse of authority and entirely alien to our system of a government of laws. The architects of our Constitution meticulously erected a system of separated powers, and checks and balances, precisely in order to inhibit the exercise of tyrannical power by governmental officials.”

In what bears the appearance of an outright witch hunt, David and Charles Koch have been the ongoing targets of a campaign unleashed by various media publications and politicians.  Big Journalism reports that back in October of 2011, Bloomberg Markets’s Asjylyn Loder and David Evans published a story regarding Ludmile Egorova-Farines who, they maintained, was a whistleblower who was wrongly dismissed from employment, by the Kochs.  It was reported that she had uncovered foreign corruption.  However, as the article in Big Journalism points out, the French courts dismissed the wrongful termination lawsuit.  In addition to that, she was required to pay her own legal fees.  It was also noted that the court found she had displayed “serious deficiencies”, an “irrantional attitude,” and a “lack of transparency.”

Big Journalism describes the Koch brothers as having “been the targets of a campaign of vituperation and assault, choreographed from the very top.”

For example, last year it was revealed that Occidental College professor, Peter Dreier,  composed a letter, cajoling activists, in protest of a meeting headed by the Koch brothers.  The letter, and more about Peter Dreier, can be found here.

There is also a Facebook page set up by Occupy Seattle, which leads to this petition:  Help me subpoena the Koch brothers!   The Facebook page does have dissenters on the record.

One question which is on the minds of many is: Why are none of these attacks aimed at wealthy business owners who possess a leftist ideology?  There is such concern and speculation over the Koch brothers’ involvement in Keystone XL, while there is actual evidence that George Soros may benefit massively by the cessation of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

According to Philip Ellender, president of Koch Companies Public Sector, “Koch Industries has no financial stake in the Keystone pipeline and we are not party to its design or construction.”  But, what if they did have a financial interest in the company?  It’s not as if it’s against the law.

In an article, featured by Politico and written by Rep. Mike Pompeo, who represents the district in which Koch Industries is headquartered, the congressman wrote:

“Charles Koch and David Koch, co-owners of Koch Industries, are U.S. citizens, taxpayers, entrepreneurs and employers. Their businesses employ nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. alone. The company headquarters is in the district I represent, employing 2,600 Kansans. The corporation and its employees are among the most hardworking and generous in our community. The company has never been bailed out by the U.S. taxpayers. Given that many Americans are now desperate for jobs, we should be begging entrepreneurs to look for new opportunities — not attacking them because their companies might make a profit.”


“The facts are a matter of public record. Koch Industries has repeatedly stated that it does not have a financial stake in the pipeline: It does not own the pipeline, has no role in the pipeline’s design, is not one of the shippers who have signed contracts to use the pipeline and will not build the pipeline.”

The Wall Street Journal sums things up by relating this:

“This is why it is exceedingly important for all Americans to respond with outrage to what the president and his allies are doing to demonize and stigmatize David and Charles Koch. They have been the targets of the multiyear, carefully orchestrated campaign of vituperation and assault described above—and much more. It has been choreographed from the very top. When the president personally takes leadership, his political surrogates and army of allies in the press and Congress quickly and surely follow the direction and tone he sets.”

-Candice Lanier

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  • Nath Taylor

    How long does American Taxpayer’s have to tolerate this evil take over of our Government. People are tried and when Justice prevails it’s going to be a list of criminals going to jail for selling this Country Out!

  • Nath Taylor

    Just as the congressman made an point -These employers are the good guys and they hire thousands of workers, what is the problem with this corrupt government. If people can’t see through this project and what the gov’t is doing to the Kock brothers, we are in BIG trobule people. Wake-Up and take Action, before it’s too late. Stop waiting for everyone else to Stand and do something. Step out on your own and take action. Visit your local representative’s office, write letters, make phone calls, please get up and do something to stop this unfair treatment.

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  • Grumpy

    Nath, The people who run government will expand their reach until they’re stopped.. You have the right idea– But the approach as to be brought up to date– Non MSM news sites. twitter, Facebook and email campaigns are the key– almost zero cost and high impact if it’s done right-

    Quick example– Holder is already vulnerable, Boehner is trying to help cover for him. Holder is most likely the one who will execute this scheme against Koch Bros..

    If during the week 400 little news sites each convince 200 readers to send Boehner an email about this between 7-9 an on a Monday Morning– And they ask their readers to spread the word on Fb and twitter– On Monday Morning Boehner come in from his morning round of golf to find 80000 angry emails,,

    He gets the message

    Nice reporting Candice– I posted a couple paragraphs and linked it to here–