The Koch Brothers are rich (like, MEGA-RICH) conservatives who have spent millions on controlling election outcomes. They spent over $400 million on the 2012 election and a combined $290 million on the 2014 elections. There has been much debate over these donations and how the duo is affecting American democracy. Although we have become accustomed to political interference by billionaires, the Koch Brother’s influence is now reaching into the classroom.
To be clear, this isn’t new; the Koch’s have been donating to universities for years. But we are now beginning to see the consequences of taking large sums of money from conservative billionaires for public education. In some cases, there has been major interference by the Koch Brothers to force schools to support certain kinds of economic theories that make the rich more rich and the poor more poor (aka, free-market, libertarian ideology).
Contracts with universities such as Clemson University and Utah State include the language that the professors would, "support the research into the causes, measurements, impact, and appreciation of economic freedom." Their donations are an exchange: money for ideology. This is a danger to academic freedom and democracy as we know it.
Is your school funded by the Koch Brothers? Take a look at the list below to see if your school is one of the universities funded by the Koch Brothers. There are a lot of surprises.
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