Meet The Lobbyists Helping Charles Koch Take Over The Cato Institute And Turn It Into Another Koch FrontSubmitted by Terran1212 on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 14:17
We need to defend cato!
The petrochemical billionaires David and Charles Koch are attempting a hostile takeover of the Cato Institute, one of the most respected libertarian think tanks in the world. After news broke last week that Charles Koch filed a lawsuit to seize control shares owned by the late William Niskanen, a series of articles came out over the weekend detailing the aggressive moves by the Koch brothers to, in the words of Cato president Ed Crane, “transform Cato from an independent, nonpartisan research organization into a political entity that might better support [Charles Koch's] partisan agenda.”
In addition to the lawsuit, the Koch brothers have been fighting to appoint loyalists to the Cato Institute board. Although Cato has been one of the strongest voices on the right regarding drug legalization, opposition to war, promoting privacy, praising the Occupy movement, and criticizing the Republican Party, the board members nominated by the Koch brothers do not seem to reflect those values:
– Kevin Gentry. Gentry serves as an executive at the Charles Koch Foundation responsible for handing out grants to think tanks, while at the same time working for Koch Industries Public Sector, the registered lobbying company that works to influence federal policy on behalf of Koch Industries. Gentry’s appointment was accepted at the Cato board.
– Nancy Pfotenhauer. Pfotenhauer has worked for Koch Industries directly since 1999, when she worked as the chief lobbyist for the company. In 2008, Pfotenhauer served as a spokesperson for the McCain campaign, defending the war in Iraq, and discriminatory policies like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Now a spokesperson for Koch Industries, Pfotenhauer’s nomination was accepted on the Cato board.