David Koch, a billionaire whose funding has helped support grassroots organizations tied to the tea parties, slammed the “liberal media” today at the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) summit in Washington, D.C. “Over the last year, my brother Charles Koch and I have been attacked non-stop in the liberal media,” he said.
Particular attention was reserved for Jane Mayer’s New Yorker piece, which argued that the Kochs funded groups like AFP for personal gain. Speaking to conference attendees, David Koch said that “the New Yorker article that’s running right now is an absolute slander and a highly inaccurate and dishonest attack on the two of us and our great company, Koch Industries.”
“The more we’re attacked, the more we’re inspired to fight harder, to be more successful,” added Koch to applause.
Koch’s political preferences should be no surprise, and he also talked about his hopes for a Republican “landslide” in November:
I’m very hopeful about the midterm elections, winning a big landslide there. Whatever happens, my brother and I are going to fight until our last breath to fight to preserve our free-enterprise system, to oppose socialism, and to bring the country back to the basic values that we had when we were founded as a nation.
The speech was not without a pump-up-the-crowd moment. Speaking about the growth of the foundation he helped start, Koch said:
At the time that I provided the funding to create this organization, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that we would have grown into the enormous size, or have the enormous influence that we have.
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