Koch Industries (pronounced Coke), the largest privately-held oil company in the United States, has frequently been taken to task for its environmental infractions. In September 2000, the United States government brought a 97-count indictment against the company; after the inauguration of George W. Bush, the number of counts dropped from 97 to 9; two more charges were dropped in March, and the case was finally settled by the Justice Department two days before it would have gone to trial.
Parent company of Georgia Pacific and Molex, and ultimate owner of about three dozen major brand products, including Brawny and Sparkle paper towels, Dacron, Dixie cups, Lycra, Plytanium plywood, Polarguard, Polyshield, Quilted Northern toilet tissue, Stainmaster carpets, Thermolite, and VanityFair and Zee napkins. Also controls subsidiaries in the chemical, fertilizer, gas, pipeline, and wood products industries.
Key financial supporter of the right-wing political group Americans for Prosperity, and the "Tea Party" movement that rose up in 2009 to protest the Obama administration's purported big spending and radicalism.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS
|David H. Koch
||Conservative philanthropist, Koch heir
PAST BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS
|J. Howard Marshall II
||Oilman, married Anna Nicole Smith
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