The Koch brotherâ€™s have been issued a peremptory request, to appear at a hearing regarding the Keystone XL pipeline.Â 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 â€œderogatory speculative innuendoâ€ and asserts that:
â€œIn 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.â€
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.Â Big Journalism reports that back in October of 2011, Bloomberg Marketsâ€™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.Â It was reported that she had uncovered foreign corruption.Â However, as the article in Big Journalism points out, the French courts dismissed the wrongful termination lawsuit.Â In addition to that, she was required to pay her own legal fees.Â It was also noted that the court found she had displayed â€œserious deficienciesâ€, an â€œirrantional attitude,â€ and a â€œlack of transparency.â€
Big Journalism describes the Koch brothers as having â€œbeen the targets of a campaign of vituperation and assault, choreographed from the very top.â€
For example, last year it was revealed that Occidental College professor, Peter Dreier,Â composed a letter, cajoling activists, in protest of a meeting headed by the Koch brothers.Â The letter, and more about Peter Dreier, can be found here.
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?Â 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, â€œKoch Industries has no financial stake in the Keystone pipeline and we are not party to its design or construction.â€Â But, what if they did have a financial interest in the company?Â Itâ€™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:
â€œCharles 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 â€” not attacking them because their companies might make a profit.â€
â€œThe 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 pipelineâ€™s design, is not one of the shippers who have signed contracts to use the pipeline and will not build the pipeline.â€
The Wall Street Journal sums things up by relating this:
â€œThis 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 aboveâ€”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.â€