Charles Koch Is Funding Rightwing, Pro-Trump Media, New Disclosure Reveals - 2018-11-21
Koch Industries has a reputation for attacking journalists who write things that make it look bad, but that isn't stopping its billionaire CEO, Charles Koch, from funding media—at least, media that share his conservative, free-market ideals.
The foundations of the 83-year-old Koch are increasingly funding conservative media outlets, newly disclosed tax forms show. Sludge has found that the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), a nonprofit known for funding conservative think tanks and free-market higher education programs, and a connected nonprofit, the Charles Koch Institute (CKI), donated over $2 million to mostly conservative media operations in 2017.
The 2017 grants include a number of first-time recipients of CKF and CKI funding, as well as increased grant amounts to media groups the foundations had previously funded, amounting to a roughly $600,000 increase in funding for media- and media-adjacent organizations identified by Sludge, according to tax documents.