Thank You to the Koch Brothers

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


KochNKoch1Americans of all political stripes must stand up and say thank you to David & Charles Koch, billionaires who are the majority shareholders of Koch Industries, an oil, gas, and chemical company which is the second largest private company in America.  Simply by virtue of owning a huge company – which employs so many – these men should be thanked.  (Imagine their tax bill.)

This patriotic family has a family foundation that devotes hundreds of millions to charities, offers tens of thousands of people a chance to prosper, and is the epitome of entrepreneurship, which should be celebrated.  The charities that they donate to include a recent $100 million donation to New York-Presbyterian Hospital and charities devoted to the arts, including the American Ballet Theatre, the New York City Ballet, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Their parents have the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, which, according to Wikipedia, is devoted to “support non-profits in Kansas” focusing on “arts, environmental stewardship, human services, enablement of at-risk youth, and education” through the funding of diversity programs at Kansas State University; the program Youth Entrepreneurs, a high-school level entrepreneurial and business program; the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which develops programs to enhance schools’ history curricula; and the Bill of Rights Institute, an organization that holds seminars and workshops for teachers and administrators to provide “educational resources on America’s Founding documents and principles” to enhance the learning experience for students.

These are the things which people do not know about him.

Of course, the Koch brothers are leading advocates of a free-market economy and all-important issues of liberty.  As Charles Koch wrote yesterday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, he is “Fighting to Restore a Free Society,” and “Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.” He could not be more right. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) recently said that the billionaire Koch brothers are “un-American.” For daring to speak out against Obamacare, Reid said, “It’s too bad that they’re trying to buy America, and it’s time that the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”

How terrible is it that a private citizen is attacked by the Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid. Imagine a private person is forced to write an op-ed in one of the nation’s most influential papers, where he writes, “[T]he fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government.” Of course, we saw it coming, when Obama in a well-publicized speech to business owners during his re-election campaign said, “You didn’t build that.”

Koch is so right when he writes that “[t]he central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.” (This government also wants to run the lives of people in countless other foreign nations as well.)

Read this paragraph in Koch’s op-ed:

Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.

Is not an employer of that size and magnitude worthy of private dialogue? Or a certain level of respect?

The Koch family employs 60,000 Americans, donates hundreds of millions of dollars to philanthropic (non-political) causes, and they are attacked as un-American?  These private citizens who are among the most prominent executives and philanthropists are attacked by the most powerful man in the world and his allies for opposing the Democratic Party and exercising their democratic rights.

This is what Obama’s America has come to. It’s awful, unfair and brutal. The right admires and respects hard-working executives, while the left hurts and attack. All the American people should say to this fine family is: “Thank you.”

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  • herb benty

    Thank you and a big Bravo! to the Koch brothers. Please keep standing up to the Obama Communists and we’ll do our part. Patriots want our country back. May God Almighty Bless you and keep you. Baruch haba ashem Adonai.

  • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

    They are wonderful philanthropists and employers. I have heard stories about how they helped rural Georgians keep working through the recent recession even at the cost of profitability. Nobody on the left can say that.

    But. Their forays into politics can be disasterous and even dishonest. They promote amnesty with their wealth, disregarding the effect on American workers. And even worse, they use AFP to try to control and dominate the Tea Party to shut them up about amnesty while promoting amnesty through CATO and funding for pro-amnesty pols. And that is the most crucial issue of all. Opera houses and university buildings are wonderful things but no substitute for strong borders and a country where the middle and working classes collapse beneath the pressures of paying for the hospitals, schools, prisons and welfare needed for millions of people here to take our jobs.

    I’m afraid they just another pair of multinational oligarchs more interested in fitting in among the elite than actually giving a damn about the future of American workers. There’s no other way to interpret their embrace of open borders. Now let’s talk about that.

    • Bird

      I’m always interested in the truth, do you care to provide some reference links that I can take a look at?

  • notme123

    I was glad to finally hear Soros’s name mentioned(on Fox). They let the media and the Dems ridicule and make a joke of the Koch brothers but the name of the biggest contributor and biggest threat to the world (Soros) in rarely mentioned. More people need to know about him.

    • nomoretraitors

      The Media Research Center has done an expose of Soros (mrcdotorg)

  • The Facts

    What obsequious mammon-frotting this is.

  • panola60

    More Sleazy Harry Reid Payments to Granddaughter

    Tuesday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reimbursed his campaign for nearly $17,000 in payments made in late 2013 to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts.”

    But new payments are surfacing bringing the total to $31,000.

    One $9,064 payment in December 2012, on page 51 of in Reid’s Jan. 31, 2013 Federal Election Commission filing, was made to “Ryan Elisabeth,” a jewelry brand his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, uses.

  • seewithyourowneyes

    Putting in a good word for the Kochs is certainly better than Mr Torossian’s previous string of articles praising hip-hop. Even if this current article is mostly quotes from the WSJ. But personally I read FPM for honest discussion, not input from public relations guys like Torossian.

    • Tony Hamseas

      So stop reading

    • Kevin Brown

      So you don’t want to hear from Mr. Torossian at all? You can’t expect a public relations pro to pontificate from a black box. Promotion is the name of his game and his biggest product is himself.

      Don’t be such a prude.

      • seewithyourowneyes

        I have no doubt that he’s his own best product. I’m just disappointed that FPM insults the intelligence of its readers with PR pieces. This is not the proper venue for Torossian and his misogynist rappers.

      • Yosaeasa A

        Brown you are for sure dumb. Is there any other owner of a pr company at all remotely on the right? What is he promoting here? Koch brothers? You are a fool. Go back to sleeping in your mothers basement.

  • Tony Hamseas

    Koch has too much money. Not the American way for people to be this rich.

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      So how much is too much? Who gets to decide what is “too much?” What may be just and fair for you may not be to me. No one should decide who has “too much” – that’s the thinking of Mao, Che and Fidel.
      PS – I hope you are not living in the US, because you have a skewed view of the American way.

    • tryingtopickaname

      Satire…right?

    • Lanna

      And what have the Koch Brothers used their money for?….For good…not Evil, like Soros, Cair, Code Pink, Acorn, the ACLU, Democratic Socialists of America, Media Matters, Agenda, To Grind Down America. They used their money for causes that empower the people…How much have you progressives given to your local charities, churches, or organizations who actually put food in mouths, clothing, and other positive attributes, yet your gripe and moan about people who actually make positive differences in the lives of everyday people.

    • Big_Foot

      You mean like left-wingers such as George Soros, Bill Gates and Ted Turner?

    • JamesJ

      So food stamps and govt dependency is now the “American way?”

      Liberalism is truly a disease

      • derekcrane

        The US is rapidly developing a nasty case of GBD.

    • JackSpratt

      So that’s why when the left is in power they do everything to hurt the economy and make people poor. I thought there must be a method to their madness. Demonizing the job creaters and all.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Tony. This is America, not some socialist hellhole like Cuba, Venezuela, KGB Putins Russia…

    • UCSPanther

      You heard of Warren Buffet?

      You know, big rich guy, is involved in a number of businesses, including the massive BNSF railway?

      He is a huge Obama donor. What does that make the Democrats with people like that in their back pockets?

      Answer: A party of Big Business.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      So, in your highly-educated analysis, how rich should the American people be? What should be the federally-mandated upper level of wealth?

    • CapitalistPig

      When the left starts b!tchin about Hollywood & the useful idiots in the music industry, the Zuckerburgs, Jobs & Soros’s of the world & start turning down their money & telling us how they’re “to rich”—I’ll believe that they believe that. In the meantime, the Koch’s earned their money–leave em alone.

    • Debbie G

      Would it be okay if you were that rich? Sorry, pal, but the American way is to be prosperous. What country are you from?

  • Lanna

    You can tell the left is troubled when they are attacking the Koch brothers, who have given so much to charity and many good ideas to give people equal rights to choose the elected officials who represent your best interests. Listening to Reid, Obama, and Pelosi, is like listening to continuous wining and wringing of hands, pained expressions, and wailing, or knashing of teeth, instead of actually doing something positive to serve the American people, and to help people find jobs, get out of poverty, and live prosperous lives….Thus….Americans for Prosperity… is Rightly Named!

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Leftards give nothing to charity. Why? Because they’re all broke, sleeping in tents on Wall Street. Leftards are insanely jealous of achievers like the Koch brothers. Leftards are also insanely jealous of people like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

    • swemson

      It’s important to remember that the majority of the attacks against the Koch Brothers have been based on their ownership of several major companies in the coal industry, because that industry is one of the primary targets of all left wing enviro-fascists.

      But we must never forget that the ideology that virtually all of our current environmental activists are so devoted to is based on a pack of lies. The progressives / collectivists adopted the cause of environmentalism for the sole reason that it was a good cover for their real agenda, which is basically Marxism. They correctly reasoned that it would be political suicide for anyone to speak out against them for fear of being labeled as an enemy of our environment.

      The truth of course is that our atmosphere is pretty clean right no in comparison to what it was like during the early days of our industrial revolution. Not only is our air quality quite good, but there is no valid scientific reason why we should fear the use of hydrocarbon based fuels, and that includes coal, which is still the least expensive fuel for us to use to generate our country’s need for electric power. The EPA is guilty of promoting the biggest scientific hoax in modern history by classifying CO2 as a pollutant. CO2 is a beneficial trace gas, and one of the basic building blocks of life on earth. Without it, NOTHING would be green!

      There is no global warming crisis, and never has been one. In fact our climate is still relatively cool in comparison to our planet’s past history, which proves conclusively that the only type of climate change that poses any threat to us is extreme cooling. In other words, WARMING IS GOOD!

      This gross level of environmental deception is par for the course with the progressives, and is no different than the primary reason why Soros & the other puppet masters of the far left chose Obama as their front man, for the simple reason that they could paint anyone who spoke out against his policies as being a racist.

      The entire political ideology of the left is based on a foundation of 3 major lies. They are as follows:

      LIE # 1: Progressives claim to be the only ones who care about the have-nots, the poor, the weak and the helpless.

      LIE # 2: Progressives want to convince the American people that the rich and their “greedy” corporations have attained their wealth by ripping-off and unfairly exploiting the poor.

      LIE # 3: Progressives claim that human activities are destroying our environment and indeed the earth itself.

      I discuss these 3 lies in more detail, in my article, “The Progressive’s Foundation of Lies”, which can be found at:

      http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/43955

      All patriotic and freedom loving Americans have a moral responsibility to do everything they can to help defeat all of the far left Progressive candidates in the next two election cycles, and we should treat all of the RINO’s in the GOP leadership in exactly the same way. We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to get involved and work as hard as we can to this noble objective. Anyone who stays home out of apathy, or because they’re “just not interested in politics” is just as responsible for the problem as the leftists themselves.

      We cannot afford to fail again.

      fs

  • Conservative not Republican

    Not even Huffpo stoops so low as to publish “articles” written by some idiot PR drone.

    • CapitalistPig

      You mean “The Huffin-Glue Pest”?
      There’s nothing that site won’t stoop to.
      I finally got fed up with 90% of my comments, no matter how thoughtful, reasoned & vitriol free, being “moderated” out of the ongoing comments section.
      Needless to say, the few that were allowed through were immediately set upon by the cement headed ObamaZombie Liberals like wild hyenas on a fresh kill—–with no opportunity to respond.
      It isn’t a liberal slanted internet news site so much as a slobbering, blubbering, hand holding liberal support group meeting–& conservative input is not welcome.

    • CapitalistPig

      BTW, my first hearing of the Kochs was when they were donating big money early on to the Libertarian Party back in the early 1980s…..they’re not Johnny Come Latelys to conservative/libertarian causes.

    • Richie A

      Yes they do – in fact this same PR guy writes for Huffington POST. LOL. You GOP voters are all low intelligence cousin marries.

  • Andy_Lewis

    Sounds like you’re addicted to Koch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • philbest

    The Republicans need to hit back hard, about the fact that the Democrats even bigger donors are all rent-seekers, ticket-clippers, zero-sum wealth-transfer gougers involved in finance and property and heavily manipulated “markets” like Green industry and carbon credits. They don’t actually provide jobs, create value, or produce stuff for which there is genuine demand. Their whole lavish support for the Democrats is based on self-interest and creating yet more opportunities for their own gouging.

    The Koch Brothers, on the other hand, are genuinely dedicated to principles of freedom and competition and free markets that gets stuff produced, jobs provided, and positive-sum outcomes.

  • Scott Doty

    The Koch’s should go and suck some………they are trying their best to destroy the middle class and are completely un-American scum!

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Leftard. They’re trying to destroy the middle class?? Whatever leftard. You’re just jealous cause they have money and you don’t. Lol!! Leftard

      • Melinda Craig

        why do poor folks vote against their own best interest? The poorest states, the ones with the most folks on welfare, the most uninsured children, the lowest educational scores are all Red states…

    • Debbie G

      Prove it.

  • Theodore A

    It is people like you who support Koch who lead to more welfare. 1 man should not have that much money.

  • simmss

    Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Pelosi and the gang who sucks up to George Soros can’t stand anyone who gives to handicap kids, hospitals, research to help with diseases and companies that hire thousands thus helping our failing economy due to other peoples lack of leadership. We are in serious trouble but these brothers (God Bless Them) are still fighting the American dream.

  • Zizzer Zazzer Zuzz

    Scum. Even the Mafia used to go into town and put up a couple roofs for widows who needed it, for the PR value even as they were raping their daughters in their fancy cars. They’d side a house for an old veteran—even as they were shaking down the old man’s sons’ businesses. Gifts by rich fascists like the Koch brothers are tax deductible; therefore, they benefit the Kochs more than they benefit the people whose futures they’re destroying and whose freedom they’re taking away by corrupting the democratic process with their millions. What’s REALLY sad is that you retards on in RIght wing actually believe that they’re some “benevolent” force. But that’s always been your tendency–ignore facts for the comforting fantasy. These two should be imprisoned for treason.