Bil Browning

Examples: Boycott Koch Products

Filed By Bil Browning | November 16, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Angel Soft, Brawny paper towels, Conoco, Dixie Cups, Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Mardi Gras, Phillips 76, Sparkle

Tired of dealing with the teabagger and general rightwing bullshit that's being financed by the extremist Koch brothers? Were you aware of all the companies that Koch Industries owns and the products you could be buying every day?

Koch Industries, Inc., is an American private energy conglomerate based in Wichita, Kansas, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading and investments. Koch also owns Invista, Georgia-Pacific, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals and Matador Cattle Company. Koch companies are involved in core industries such as the manufacturing, refining and distribution of petroleum, chemicals, energy, fiber, intermediates and polymers, minerals, fertilizers, pulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, as well as other ventures and investments. The firm employs 50,000 people in the United States and another 20,000 in 59 other countries.

In 2008, Forbes called it the second largest privately held company in the United States (after Cargill) with an annual revenue of about $98 billion, down from the largest in 2006. If Koch Industries were a public company in 2007, it would rank about 16 in the Fortune 500.

After the jump is a handy graphic to illustrate some of the products you can find on your grocery shelves that hands a big wad of cash straight to rightwing nutjobs.

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Thanks Bil. Just one question. What does Koch industries have to do with Chevron? That one confuses me.

jimtoevs@yahoo.com | November 17, 2011 1:14 AM

Thanks, Bil! Almost all of the Kock supermarket items you identified can be bought under the Kirkland label at Costco, which is a much more Equality oriented company.

Angela Brightfeather | November 17, 2011 11:44 AM

It's about time!!!! Many kudos to you Bill for getting this out there

I'm bringing my little sticky pad with me the next time I go shopping and leave a note that these products are anti-GLBT right on the shelf they are sitting on just so others will know and learn.

INHABIT YOUR SUPERMARKET.

Good job. Is there a place to go to get ALL the products, especially supermarket products that are produced by Koch owned companies, especially those that are directly influenced by them and even more particularly, those that contribute to anti-GBLT causes directly? Some of the companies the Koch Brothers may just own stock in.

You mentioned Georgia Pacific. I seem to recall that being a company that has domestic partnership benefits and I think they contributed to Atlanta Pride, being based in that city.

I notice that the comments are referring to the Kochs as anti-GLBT. Does anybody have documentation on this? I haven't been able to find anything credible, though I did find an article about David Koch where the author interviewed him and characterized him as supporting gay marriage: http://nymag.com/news/features/67285/index4.html

I know that people on the left resent the influence of the Koch brothers on politics (in much the same way that people on the right resent the influence of people like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg), but let's not inaccurately characterize the causes they support (though admittedly it's a very diverse set of causes, from conservative economics to ballet to medical research).

They may not be anti-gay at all. But like other minority groups that have been similarly targeted, the Koch Brothers have funded several anti-gay projects, fostered (or at the very least condoned them by tacit omission) it in tea party efforts... the brothers may possibly not be anti- anything, but they realize the divisive and distractive potential of hate-based politics and keeping the public -- the 99% -- fighting amongst themselves. Much like Rupert Murdoch.

Et tu, Quilted Northern? You treat my nether regions so well, I didn't know you were trying to fuck me over.

I thought Conde Nast owned Vanity Fair, tho.

Indeed.

No more Angel Soft? We shall be scooting ourselves across the lawn from now on.