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Fri Sep 9, 2016, 10:13 AM

 

A Whistle-Blower Accuses the Kochs of “Poisoning” an Arkansas Town

A WHISTLE-BLOWER ACCUSES THE KOCHS OF “POISONING” AN ARKANSAS TOWN
By Jane Mayer , 12:00 A.M.

In June, Koch Industries, the conglomerate owned by the billionaires Charles and David Koch, launched a new corporate public-relations campaign called “End the Divide,” to advance the notion that Koch Industries is deeply concerned by growing inequality in America.

An ad for the campaign urges viewers to “look around,” as an image of an imposing white mansion is replaced by one of blighted urban streets. “America is divided,” an announcer intones, with “government and corporations picking winners and losers, rigging the system against people, creating a two-tiered society with policies that fail our most vulnerable.”

The message was surprising, coming from a company owned by two of the richest men in the world, who have spent millions of dollars pushing political candidates and programs that favor unfettered markets and oppose government intervention on behalf of the poor.

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