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Around this time, the brothers faced a political crisis. To defend its reputation, Koch Industries hired Robert Strauss, then a premier Washington lobbyist; the company soon opened an office in the city. A grand jury was convened to investigate the allegations, but it eventually disbanded, without issuing criminal charges. According to the Senate report, after the committee hearings Koch operatives delved into the personal lives of committee staffers, even questioning an ex-wife.
By , when Bill Clinton became President, Citizens for a Sound Economy had become a prototype for the kind of corporate-backed opposition campaigns that have proliferated during the Obama era. The Kochs actually engaged against me and funded my opponent. They used a lot of resources and effort—their employees, too. The Kochs continued to disperse their money, creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names, and this made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington.
A shell corporation, Triad Management, had paid more than three million dollars for attack ads in twenty-six House races and three Senate races. More than half of the advertising money came from an obscure nonprofit group, the Economic Education Trust. In Kansas, where Triad Management was especially active, the funds may have played a decisive role in four of six federal races. The Kochs, when asked by reporters if they had given the money, refused to comment. Koch Industries was the poster child of a company run amok. During the Clinton Administration, the energy industry faced increased scrutiny and regulation.
In the mid-nineties, the Justice Department filed two lawsuits against Koch Industries, claiming that it was responsible for more than three hundred oil spills, which had released an estimated three million gallons of oil into lakes and rivers. In , a jury found Koch Industries guilty of negligence and malice in the deaths of two Texas teen-agers in an explosion that resulted from a leaky underground butane pipeline.
In , the company paid an undisclosed settlement. And in the final months of the Clinton Presidency the Justice Department levelled a ninety-seven-count indictment against the company, for covering up the discharge of ninety-one tons of benzene, a carcinogen, from its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. The company was liable for three hundred and fifty million dollars in fines, and four Koch employees faced up to thirty-five years in prison.
The Koch Petroleum Group eventually pleaded guilty to one criminal charge of covering up environmental violations, including the falsification of documents, and paid a twenty-million-dollar fine. During the election campaign, Koch Industries spent some nine hundred thousand dollars to support the candidacies of George W. Bush and other Republicans. During the Bush years, Koch Industries and other fossil-fuel companies enjoyed remarkable prosperity. The energy bill, which Hillary Clinton dubbed the Dick Cheney Lobbyist Energy Bill, offered enormous subsidies and tax breaks for energy companies.
The Kochs have cast themselves as deficit hawks, but, according to a study by Media Matters, their companies have benefitted from nearly a hundred million dollars in government contracts since Critics argued that it was illegal for a tax-exempt nonprofit organization to donate its services for partisan political purposes. A complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission; it was dismissed. That year, internal rivalries at Citizens for a Sound Economy caused the organization to split apart. Phillips was a political veteran who had worked with Ralph Reed, the evangelical leader and Republican activist, co-founding Century Strategies, a campaign-consulting company that became notorious for its ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Last year, Phillips told the Financial Times that Americans for Prosperity had only eight thousand registered members. Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of the conservative blog RedState. Americans for Prosperity also created an offshoot, Patients United Now, which organized what Phillips has estimated to be more than three hundred rallies against health-care reform. At one rally, an effigy of a Democratic congressman was hung; at another, protesters unfurled a banner depicting corpses from Dachau. Phillips was a featured speaker. Americans for Prosperity has held at least eighty events targeting cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create.
Speakers for the group claimed, with exaggeration, that even back-yard barbecues and kitchen stoves would be taxed. Moreover, the appearance of growing public opposition to Obama affected corporate donors on K Street.
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August is what changed it. Now that Obama is weak, people are getting tough. Not a single Republican senator was working with the Administration on health care, or much else. Thankfully, the stirrings from California to Virginia, and from Texas to Michigan, show that more and more of our fellow-citizens are beginning to see the same truths as we do. Income inequality in America is greater than it has been since the nineteen-twenties, and since the seventies the tax rates of the wealthiest have fallen more than those of the middle class. Americans for Prosperity, meanwhile, has announced that it will spend an additional forty-five million dollars before the midterm elections, in November.
Richard Fink, interviewed by FrumForum. In , David Koch was badly injured in a plane crash in Los Angeles. He was the sole passenger in first class to survive. As he was recovering, a routine physical exam led to the discovery of prostate cancer. Koch received treatment, settled down, started a family, and reconsidered his life. Koch began giving spectacularly large donations to the arts and sciences.
And he became a patron of cancer research, focussing on prostate cancer. In addition to his gifts to Sloan-Kettering, he gave fifteen million dollars to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a hundred and twenty-five million to M. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston.
For example, at the same time that David Koch has been casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E. Scientists have long known that formaldehyde causes cancer in rats, and several major scientific studies have concluded that formaldehyde causes cancer in human beings—including one published last year by the National Cancer Institute, on whose advisory board Koch sits.
The study tracked twenty-five thousand patients for an average of forty years; subjects exposed to higher amounts of formaldehyde had significantly higher rates of leukemia. These results helped lead an expert panel within the National Institutes of Health to conclude that formaldehyde should be categorized as a known carcinogen, and be strictly controlled by the government.
Corporations have resisted regulations on formaldehyde for decades, however, and Koch Industries has been a large funder of members of Congress who have stymied the E. Koch Industries became a major producer of the chemical in , after it bought Georgia-Pacific, the paper and wood-products company, for twenty-one billion dollars. Georgia-Pacific manufactures formaldehyde in its chemical division, and uses it to produce various wood products, such as plywood and laminates. Its annual production capacity for formaldehyde is 2.
David Koch did not recuse himself from the National Cancer Advisory Board, or divest himself of company stock, while his company was directly lobbying the government to keep formaldehyde on the market. A board spokesperson said that the issue of formaldehyde had not come up. Vested interests should not be on the board. Billions of dollars are involved in formaldehyde. No cause is given for this development; no mention is made of any possible role played by fossil fuels. The exhibit makes it seem part of a natural continuum. Such ideas uncannily echo the Koch message.
But the truth is, the exhibit is underwritten by big-time polluters, who are underground funders of action to stop efforts to deal with this threat to humanity. I think the Smithsonian should have drawn the line. Recommended Stories. But she's also caring, passionate and headstrong. There were times when I really want to strangle her out of hatred or love, still deciding on which of the two.
Then there's Love, oh Love.. Love " Lovello the manwhore. He definitely puts the M in manwhore. He's an arrogant JERK. A sexy, genius billionaire JERK.
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I mean really, what kind of sicko would purposely hurt the woman he loves? That's who. I guess it's true what they say, that when a player falls.. He falls HARD. I loved Lovello at the beginning of the book, but hated Axia. And as the story progressed on, my feelings were reversed. Gosh, didn't know I would feel such intense emotions while reading this, the blurb made it sound like it was fun, believe me, it was! But then.. Those two buttheads are too stubborn and prideful for their own good. I thought my heart was ripped from my chest okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but that's how it felt!
And Axia.. Axia, our stubborn bitch. That tattoo and the beautiful quote from the Bible.. Jan 08, Sandra Williams rated it it was amazing. A shocking discovery actually: I Axia Blacksille, was a jealous bitch. A seriously jealous bitch. An irrational jealous bitch. Aixa is beautiful and rich, she was born into to money and she has made a lot of money.
She doesn't need anyone, having her heart broken once already by a sick fucker, who was also her first real love, so she hardened herself and swore off love. That is until she meets Lovello Nelson, his touch makes her lose control, and Aixa never loses control. She is very jealous and has a temper that knows no bounds; I mean really, she explodes if you look at her wrong. Will she finally submit to Lovello and have true happiness or will she ultimately destroy their love by her controlling and bitchy attitude?
Every single thing about you makes me burn. I burn. For you. He meets Aixa and he must have her. He falls heads over heels for her and her take no shit attitude, but she has issues major issues. He does everything in his power to show her he loves her and he is very loyal to her. As in, he reads his bible and prays, every day. The lead character drove me fucking batty, I so wanted to slap a bitch. Aixa and Loves relationship was reverse of what is usually out there.
Instead of the guy always messing up and acting like a dick we have the queen bitch doing it. I also liked how the writer incorporated reading the bible into the love story which is something really never done. This book at swoon worthy moments and lots of great sex and three sexy brothers so really what is there not to like. More than bad habits. More than wealth. More than life. Once he sets his sights on Axia, he decides that he will stop at nothing to make sure she is the next woman in his bed.
However, when Axia refuses to submit to his charms they begin this back-and-forth game of seduction to see who will be the first to surrender. This book started off pretty good for me because it had such a strong female character. I loved that fact that Axia was self-assured and independent and, most of all, not afraid to show it. Then, at some point in the story, her self-assurance turned into stubbornness and ultimately she just became downright cruel.
By the end, I had a better understanding of why she acted the way she did but it was still a pretty frustrating read. I thought this story had the all makings of a good romance but it fell short for me. I love the idea of a strong female character but Axia just veered off a little to far for me and stopped me from becoming fully invested her story. I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Up and coming gym owner, Axia Blacksille, rolled her eyes as she talked on the phone with her best friend and wipe sweat off her face as she had just gotten off the treadmill.
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Earlier, Trudy had tried to eat a candy bar and they had a tug match of Trudy's purse. It appeared Trudy's presentation had been on a thumb drive that fell out of her purse, and she needed ASAP! Axia knew she had worked months on it and Trudy said she had fifteen minutes to get it to her. Well don't that be all? She had no Up and coming gym owner, Axia Blacksille, rolled her eyes as she talked on the phone with her best friend and wipe sweat off her face as she had just gotten off the treadmill.
She had no time to shower and refresh herself so she jumped into her Jeep and hauled tail to Corded Solutions. She parked and race to the entrance and asked the floor for her best friend and sprinted to the elevators. Once the doors opened, she saw Trudy pacing and leaped toward her. Just then a door opened and a gorgeous man stepped out Multi-billionaire, Lovello Nelson stepped out to get his assistant as he was tired of waiting her presentation as he had a business to run, yet when he saw Axia, he got pole axed!
She had a sculpted body that wouldn't quit and her shorts emphasized her round butt that was to die for. She was the most perfect woman that he had ever seen and when she placed her hands on her hips and stood toe to toe with him he knew he had to have her at least for a while as he always got what he wanted! Book two is the story of Natlio's younger brother and the trials that Axia put him through when he didn't take no for an answer! Both Love and Axia were wealthy and got whatever they wanted, but Axia had vowed to never marry as when you did you had to submit to your husband and that wasn't happening!
Ann Cole penned a very funny story and I found myself laughing so hard at the tiny woman taking on a six foot three man time and time again. First of all, I love the Nelson brothers. I love how the brothers love each other so much. I love their domineering, stubborn and lovestrucked attitude. The brothers are the same when it comes to LOVE. I love that their partners were strong woman who can level with them. Being a domineering Nelson, the girls are really up with their game. I totally felt heartbroken, devastated and depressed during the break up process and post break up of Axia and Lovello.
The author did a really good job on makin First of all, I love the Nelson brothers. The author did a really good job on making me feel the emotions of Axia. Both are really stubborn in giving away their feelings. I hate it when they do not confront each other of things that bothers them. Lack of communication is the cause of all this heartbreak!!
Thank God she became pregnant! I have to thank Lovello for that too for praying so hard. God must have love him so much for giving him his miracle. The ending feels really incomplete because Lovello wasn't that happy of Axia's decision. Oh well, i'm going to read about them on the third book anyways, so i know i will have glimpses of what's going to happen to Axia and Lovello.
Ok, first off I loved Lovello! I think this man is a bit of a pain in the backside but he is a rich powerful young and beautiful man. I loved how no matter what Axia did he was always trying to reach her and guide her. I'm also not sure how I felt about his religion being brought up so much. I felt like he was rather hypocritical in his actions. Axia was just a witch.
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