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Fact-Checkers and Kochs’ ‘Big Oil’

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Fact-Checkers and Kochs’ ‘Big Oil’

By BOB KING

05/13/12 09:59 PM EDT

Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/05/
fact-checkers-get-in-on-kochs-big-oil-label-debate-076248

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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The Koch brothers have an unlikely ally in the war of words with their liberal adversaries: the nations journalistic fact-checkers.

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Both The Washington Posts Fact Checker blog and the nonpartisan site FactCheck.org have dinged critics of David and Charles Koch in recent weeks for referring to the billionaire brothers as Big Oil.

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Why?

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Because Koch Industries business interests extend well beyond the companys involvement in petroleum refining and other oil-based operations. And while no corporate midget, the company isnt anywhere near as big as true oil giants like ExxonMobil.

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So even if all of Koch Industries revenues came from its refining business which they do not  they would still be a fraction of the revenues of the companies that actually represent Big Oil, the FactCheck.org critique read.

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FactCheck.org cited Forbess estimates that privately held Koch generated about $100 billion in revenues in 2011, compared with ExxonMobils $434 billion in sales.

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Critics say that misses the point big time.

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So far this year, federally disclosed campaign contributions by the companys KochPAC  totaling $514,204 as of April  have been more than double ExxonMobils. And that doesnt even encompass the various think tanks and other entities the Kochs have endowed to get their free enterprise, anti-regulatory message out.

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If that doesnt count as big, what does, asked Robert Greenwald, producer and director of the documentary Koch Brothers Exposed.

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Greenwald said, $100 billion is small? Where do we draw the line? Do we say that if youre less than $150 billion, you dont qualify as Big Oil?

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He said his film doesnt refer to the Kochs as Big Oil  We think its accurate, but we have not used it  and that he respects the work of the fact-checkers. But in this case, he said, their complaint does seem to be a version of nit-picking.

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[Educator-Gold] UNITED STATES: POLITICS: POLITICAL PARTIES: REPUBLICAN PARTY, TEA PARTY : INDUSTRIES: PETROLEUM : LIBERTARIANISM : RACISM : BIGOTRY : EXTREMISM : HATE GROUPS : INTOLERANCE : DONALD TRUMP : BLATANT FALSEHOODS : SERIAL LIARS : REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN : RAPE CULTURE : CRIME AND CRIMINALS: SEXUAL PREDATORS : SEXISM : MISOGYMY : KOCH BROTHERS: Fact-Checkers and Kochs’ ‘Big Oil’

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