By Lisa Graves for Koch Docs

David Koch, who died at 79, was one of the most powerful politicians in America, even though he was rejected by voters the only time he ran for office. He used his wealth to influence thousands of elections and help takeover the policy agenda of the Republican Party.

David Koch, who died at 79, was one of the most powerful politicians in America, even though he was rejected by voters the only time he ran for office. He used his wealth to influence thousands of elections and help takeover the policy agenda of the Republican Party.

David Koch, who died at 79, was one of the most powerful politicians in America, even though he was rejected by voters the only time he ran for office. He used his wealth to influence thousands of elections and help takeover the policy agenda of the Republican Party.

David Koch, who helped build the industrial and political empire run by his older brother Charles, passed away August 23, 2019, at the age of 79. KochDocs has secured numerous original documents that show his legacy in underwriting climate change denial and undermining the integrity of American democracy. We also have rarely seen photos of him that can help illustrate stories.

David Koch, who helped build the industrial and political empire run by his older brother Charles, passed away August 23, 2019, at the age of 79. KochDocs has secured numerous original documents that show his legacy in underwriting climate change denial and undermining the integrity of American democracy. We also have rarely seen photos of him that can help illustrate stories.

David Koch, who helped build the industrial and political empire run by his older brother Charles, passed away on August 23, 2019, at the age of 79. KochDocs has secured numerous original documents that show his legacy in underwriting climate change denial and undermining the integrity of American democracy. We also have rarely seen photos of him that can help illustrate stories.

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Documents Shine New Light on Koch Brothers’ Early Efforts to Abolish the Department of Energy

A scheme to abolish the Department of Energy helped spur a failed 1980 Libertarian Party presidential bid — and in the process laid the groundwork for Charles and David Koch's powerful network of influence — as documents from a newly published archive show.

By Lisa Graves

Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity has funded efforts to thwart mass transit ballot measures in seven states or cities, and now Netflix' Hasan Minhaj shows how the Koch oil and gas fortune has made it so much harder and more costly for Americans to use mass transit to get to work and events.

Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity has funded efforts to thwart mass transit ballot measures in seven states or cities, and now Netflix' Hasan Minhaj shows how the Koch oil and gas fortune has made it so much harder and more costly for Americans to use mass transit to get to work and events.

Charles Koch's Americans for Prosperity has funded efforts to thwart mass transit ballot measures in seven states or cities, and now Netflix' Hasan Minhaj shows how the Koch oil and gas fortune has made it so much harder and more costly for Americans to use mass transit to get to work.

By Lisa Graves for KochDocs

New document shows that in 1980 David Koch as the VP candidate for the Libertarian Party urged that Alaska be opened up for more leases to drill for oil. By 1983, Koch Industries had a stake in drilling off the coast of the Northern Slope in the Beaufort Sea, Northwest of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge....

New document shows that in 1980 David Koch as the VP candidate for the Libertarian Party urged that Alaska be opened up for more leases to drill for oil. By 1983, Koch Industries had a stake in drilling off the coast of the Northern Slope in the Beaufort Sea, Northwest of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge....

A new document shows that in 1980 David Koch, as the VP candidate for the Libertarian Party, urged that Alaska be opened up for more leases to drill for oil. By 1983, Koch Industries had a stake in drilling off the coast of the Northern Slope in the Beaufort Sea, Northwest of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge....

Announcing Koch Docs, Exposing the Koch Empire and Its Agenda

By Lisa Graves and Connor Gibson

Charles Koch has bent America's political system, the policies, and the courts to his will in ways that will reverberate long after his time. One purpose of the Koch Docs project is to help tell the story of how we got here and the destructive course charted by Koch's selfish agenda. In the coming weeks and months, this site will be unveiling a series of documents and more...

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