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#1 Jan 28, 2013
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September 26, 2010
Koch brothers' billions reach West Virginia
By Paul J. Nyden
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Brothers Charles and David Koch have spent tens of millions of dollars financing right-wing political organizations including Tea Party groups...
In West Virginia, the brothers help fund a conservative Morgantown think tank and several positions at the West Virginia University economics department through the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
Economics professor Russell Sobel recently told the West Virginia Public News Service that his department would lose two faculty members and two graduate fellowships without money from the Kochs.
Sobel also works closely with the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, the Morgantown think tank which published his book, "Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border and How to Fix It," in 2007.
The Sobel book is a collection of 12 essays, arguing that government regulations hurt West Virginia's economy.
One essay questions the value of "mandated" mine safety laws, stating government regulations may increase accident rates.
The foundation also published "An Economic Examination of West Virginia's Prevailing Wage Law," a research report by Andrea M. Dean, a Charles G. Koch Doctoral Fellow at WVU's Economics Department, in 2009.
West Virginia's "prevailing wage law" requires that contractors doing public construction work receive wages similar to contractors in the private sector, especially to prevent government agencies from hiring cheap out-of-state labor end snip.
#2 Jan 28, 2013
I can't believe they have that big of a reach in a small state like this. I can't imagine what they are doing in places where they have businesses and politicians.
#3 Jan 30, 2013
i looked up that sobal teacher and from what i read i don't think he is up at the school now. the reporting was sort of secretive like something went on behind the scenes. boy i hope work never look up what i look into during my day lol.
#4 Feb 3, 2013
Hey, I'm in from WVU. I'm telling when I go back.
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