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Dark money : the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right / Jane Mayer.

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  • ISBN: 9780385535595
  • ISBN: 0385535597
  • Physical Description: xii, 449 pages : chart ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]

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General Note: Chart on lining papers.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [381]-425) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: The investors -- Part One: Weaponizing philanthropy: the war of ideas, 1970-2008 Radicals: a Koch family history The hidden hand: Richard Mellon Scaife Beacheads: John M. Olin and the Bradley brothers The Koch method: free-market mayhem The Kochtopus: free-market machine -- Part Two: Secret sponsors: covert operations, 2009-2010 Boots on the ground Tea time The fossils Money is speech: the long road to Citizens United The shellacking: dark money's midterm debut, 2010 -- Part Three: Privatizing politics: total combat, 2011-2014 The spoils: plundering Congress Mother of all wars: the 2012 steback The States: gaining round Selling the new Koch: a better battle plan.
Summary, etc.: Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But Jane Mayer argues that a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Their core beliefs -- that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom -- are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch. The brothers were schooled in a political philosophy that asserted the only role of government is to provide security and to enforce property rights. When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies chose another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency. These organizations were given innocuous names such as Americans for Prosperity. Funding sources were hidden whenever possible. This process reached its apotheosis with the allegedly populist Tea Party movement, abetted mightily by the Citizens United decision -- a case conceived of by legal advocates funded by the network. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reforms have been stymied. Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews -- including with several sources within the network -- and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings to trace the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent and to provide vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.
Subject: Koch, Charles G. (Charles de Ganahl), 1935-
Koch, David H., 1940-
Political activists > United States.
Tea Party movement.
Libertarianism > United States.
Conservatism > United States.
Right-wing extremists > Political activity > United States.
Billionaires > Political activity > United States.
Billionaires > Corrupt practices > United States.
Campaign funds > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
Political culture > United States.
Radicalism > United States.
Corporations > Political activity > Moral and ethical aspects > United States.
Corporate speech > United States.
United States > Politics and government > 2009-

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