Greenpeace Calls On Congress To Investigate Koch's Illegal Practices

Wed, 2011-10-05 09:13Brendan DeMelle
Brendan DeMelle's picture

Greenpeace Calls On Congress To Investigate Koch's Illegal Practices

Greenpeace USA today called for a full Congressional investigation of Koch Industries and the illegal practices detailed in the Bloomberg Markets Magazine piece, “Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales.”

The Bloomberg coverage reveals multiple allegations of Koch Industries bribing government officials around the world and doing business with Iran. In a Huffington Post blog announcing the call for Congress to investigate Koch, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Phil Radford writes, “this new [Bloomberg] investigation reveals a blatant disregard for our laws, so today Greenpeace has called for a full Congressional investigation of Koch Industries and the illegal practices detailed in the Bloomberg report.” 

Greenpeace has extensively documented the Koch brothers' key role in backing the climate denial machine and other nefarious Koch Industries behavior. Now the Bloomberg revelations raise the heat even further on the $50-billionaire-brothers David and Charles Koch. 

Here is the text of the letter that Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, sent today to key members of Congress:

Senator Lieberman and Congressman Issa:
 
In light of the recent Bloomberg Markets Magazine investigative report on Koch Industries' secretive business dealings with Iran, corruption and illicit payments in obtaining contracts, falsifying documents on air pollution and other questionable business operations, we call on you to launch a full congressional investigation into the practices exposed in the report.
 
The allegations reported by Bloomberg about Koch's business deals with Iran, run through a German subsidiary, are similar to the arrangements discovered between Halliburton and Iran, which were conducted through overseas subsidiaries, in a manner designed to skirt the letter of the law and thereby undermine U.S. foreign policy objectives.
 
Corporations like Koch Industries are granted the right to operate as a business under U.S. law. When corporations choose to routinely circumvent or break the law, our government has the duty to penalize that illegal activity with appropriate sanctions. When the corporation's illegal activities demonstrate a broad pattern of deliberate continued violations despite repeated sanctions and penalties – it becomes incumbent upon the government to take more aggressive action, such as revoking the corporate charter that allows them to continue to operate as a business.
 
We are calling for a full investigation into Koch Industries' alleged activities, such that our representatives, government officials and the citizens of the United States have full knowledge of their illicit business practices and can decide on the appropriate course of action.
 
Sincerely,
 
Phillip Radford
Executive Director
Greenpeace USA
 
CC: Rep. Henry Waxman, Senator John Kerry, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Patrick Leahy

Previous Comments

I’m fascinating that Bloomberg magazine published such a thorough, compelling and damning article. 

Things like this don’t happen by accident. “Kochtopus” is so powerful and not in the interest of our democracy. (You can have the freedom to be as libertarian as much as you want, but anybody else will be squashed ruthlessly – don’t kid yourself.) I’ve wondered if some of the very wealthy aren’t appalled by the relentless march of Americans For Prosperity, Cato institute, Mercantus Institute at George Mason University, etc, et alia, ad nauseam).

There are been recent moves by billionaires, for example, that seem to counter Koch-style greed. Like 57 billionaires whom Gates and Buffett signed up to give away 50% of their money (note: 1/2 of a lot of money is still a lot of money). 

I read this article as a giant glove thrown down. Coincidentally, the Occupy Wall Street movement is happening. There have been rumors of a new American revolution brewing; maybe this is the start. Or maybe it will all fizzle out – And we give up the best of American democracy.

Just wordering about this Occupy Wall Street. Is the typical participant a 23 year old with $34000. in student loans and $17000 in credit card debt, a lip ring and a part time job at Starbucks and a dream about getting a free ride?

Cause that’s my impression.

Your impressions are wrong, as usual.  Lots of working people there today, nurses and such:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2011/10/05/occupy-wall-street-protest.html

Respected politician Russ Feingold:

“I’m really encouraged by what I’m seeing. People around the country are finally organizing to stand up to the huge influence of corporations on government and our lives. This kind of citizen reaction to corporate power and corporate greed is long overdue.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/russ-feingold-endorses-occupy-wall-street-this-will-make-the-tea-party-look-like–a-tea-party/2011/03/03/gIQANucZNL_blog.html

If illegal then actionable.  Prosecute.

Yes - also apply that standard to greenpeace wherever they conduct their disruptive protests and the wall street occupiers and everyone else who thinks they are above the law.

They often are charged and fined or whatever. Two tier justice…

Yes, no one on wall st was prosecuted for the events that led to & during the GFC which saw millions of people lose their savings, banks collapse & europe still struggling from the fall out today. In fact some got between $60M & $120M bonuses.

Greenpeace on the other hand or protesters at wall st get fined for disrupting the peace etc. Go figure.

 

The Koch Brothers are always a favorite target. Their crime disagreeing with Bill Mckibben, providing jobs and supporting the local economy. If America is to reclaim it’s status as a superpower we will need more Koch Brothers and Less Mckibbens.

”. If America is to reclaim it’s status as a superpower we will need more Koch Brothers and Less Mckibbens.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I wonder if the Koch’s & their supporters of ancient Roman times said the same thing? Or any other empire through history.

Like so many times before, these sorts of people are not in it for “providing jobs and supporting the local economy.”

They are in it for themselves.

 

[x]

Climate denial was imported from the United States to Britain by a free market idealist employed by the billionaire oil baron Charles Koch. DeSmog UK tells their story for the first time in a two-part longread from our epic history series. 

John Blundell was an idealist. A curious, unassuming and softly spoken conservative. When a sixteen-year-old school student living in a three-storey semi-detached house in the affluent suburbs of Congleton, Cheshire, his father handed...

read more