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Clarence Thomas Secretly Participated in Koch Network Donor Events

Sep 22, 2023 View Original Article
  • Bias Rating

    -16% Somewhat Liberal

  • Reliability

    90% ReliableExcellent

  • Policy Leaning

    -22% Somewhat Liberal

  • Politician Portrayal

    -33% Negative

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

61% : Recently rebranded as Stand Together, the network includes the powerful Americans for Prosperity Action, which spent over $65 million supporting Republican candidates in the last election cycle.
61% : Without Chevron, “any place you would need regulation to address a pressing social problem, it’s going to be more costly to get it, harder to implement it
57% : In a case the Supreme Court will hear this coming term, the justices could give the network a historic victory: limiting federal agencies’ power to issue regulations in areas ranging from the environment to labor rights to consumer protection.
54% : When Charles Koch’s brother David ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, the party platform called for abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Food and Drug Administration.
51% : In essence, Chevron is about government agencies’ ability to issue regulations.
51% : The network was trying to find cases that could bring about major changes in the law, according to a video of the meeting obtained by the watchdog group Documented.
48% : At the 2018 Koch donor summit in Palm Springs, California, a speaker touted the network’s accomplishments defeating taxes and government regulations.
48% : On the main stage, donors heard from Hall of Fame NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, who was working with the Kochs on anti-poverty programs in Dallas.
41% : Thomas never reported the 2018 flight to Palm Springs on his annual financial disclosure form, an apparent violation of federal law requiring justices to report most gifts.
39% : For decades, the Kochs have held deep antipathy to government regulation.
18% : A former Midway employee recalled the brothers discussing super PAC spending during the Obama years and complaining about government regulation.

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