Bill Koch, Billionaire Coal Man, Donates Heavily to John Boehner, Throws Bone to Allen West

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Kim Sargent
Bill Koch supports pro-coal candidates.
Last month, New Times introduced you to Bill Koch, the Palm Beach billionaire who owns a coal and gas company, is known for his voracious appetite for wine and women, and has two brothers famous for being the sugar daddies of the Tea Party. 

While Bill Koch is not as politically influential as Charles and David Koch, he is a coal man, and he supports candidates who are good for his business. He's on Mitt Romney's Florida fundraising team and backs the GOP candidate partly because he objects to the Obama administration's policies toward coal mining.

"It's far easier to get permits to mine for natural resources outside the United States than inside," said Koch's spokesman, Brad Goldstein. "He thinks Mitt Romney would be much more pro-business than Barack Obama."

Now, Koch has joined other coal industry groups in supporting U.S. Rep. John Boehner -- 
giving $70,000 in campaign donations to the House speaker, according to the Wall Street Journal:

The cash flowing to Mr. Boehner's coffers stems partly from the GOP's efforts to roll back the Obama administration's environmental and energy policies since taking control of the House in 2010, and replace them with fewer regulations in order to boost domestic energy production. Republicans say proposals to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants and limit mining threaten to raise energy costs and stifle job-creation. The speaker has long been a backer of the coal industry, and many coal interests are based in his home state of Ohio.

In addition to Boehner, another GOP candidate has recently benefited from Bill Koch's generosity. In May, U.S. Rep. Allen West received $5,000 from Koch. That's small potatoes compared to Koch's other campaign donations, but according to records from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, it marks the first time Koch has donated to the Broward Tea Party candidate since West ran for Congress last year. 


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jun
jun

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KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

"Koch also co-chairs the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a group formed to fight the Cape Wind project to build an offshore wind farm of 130 turbines. He became involved due to his ownership of a home in Osterville, Massachusetts. In 2005, Koch contributed $500,000 in donations to the Alliance directly and more than $1 million toward lobbyist efforts to defeat the project"

Coal vs. wind.

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

there's nothing more important than maintaining your wealth, and watching capitalism eat itself.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Maybe he doesn't think Col. West has a future in politics. Many of us don't, either. West is a one-man clown show, under a bigger tent than either Bachmann or Palin.

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