Attention Koch Brothers: We want our $25 million back!

Oregon has given over $25 million in subsidies to Koch Industries, more than any state except Louisiana and Kentucky.

Tell your network:

Tell your network:

You know the Koch Brothers, right? Ultra-conservative, rich, white men? Charles and David Koch are actually two of the wealthiest men in the country, together worth more than $100 BILLION.

The oil barons are putting their billions to bad use: They’re trying to push an extreme right-wing agenda at the local, state and federal levels, lobbying hard for things like lower taxes on big corporations and the wealthy; fewer restrictions on polluting  and environmental protections; and policies that weaken unions and take away the voice of working people. And together with their cronies, they’ve pledged to spend nearly $1 billion leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Fortunately for us, many people are wising up to the fact that the Koch’s extreme agenda will make our lives worse. To fight back against this insight, the Kochs are investing big in a public relations campaign to clean up their image. Recent news of Charles Koch telling his ultra-rich friends to skip “corporate welfare” is part of this PR strategy.

Oregon has given over $25 million in subsidies to Koch Industries, more than any state except Louisiana and Kentucky.

Bold words, seeing as how the Koch Brothers are some of the country’s biggest recipients of tax breaks and corporate welfare. According to Good Jobs First, Koch industries has received nearly $200 million in subsidies since 2000. Oregon has given over $25 million in subsidies to Koch Industries, more than any state except Louisiana and Kentucky. That’s big money for Oregon, but it only represents about 0.025% of the Koch’s net worth. (For what it’s worth, 0.025% of the income of someone making $35,000 a year is $8.75, just enough to buy lunch.)

But hey, if he’s serious, Charles Koch should return the $25 million his companies received in subsidies from Oregon taxpayers. That money could pay for thousands of students to go to college, or pay for housing for low-income families. We could even use it to clean up our environment — Koch-owned Georgia-Pacific is one of the biggest polluters in the state.

The Koch Brothers wouldn’t miss an extra $25 million. So… when can we expect the check to come?

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