The open sourced and fluid network of digital activists working under the umbrella of “Anonymous” have chosen Koch Industries and its subsiduaries as a target for the corporations involvement in pushing through the union busting bill currently under impasse in the Senate.
Koch Industrys is the largest privately owned company in the US, owed by the Koch Brothers. They have long funded right wing and free market think tanks, and ‘astro turf’ campaign groups. For a list of things they have funded check out the Koch Family Foundation
Heres a list of other dodgy shit they get up to in an attempt not only to shape public discource but to spread lies and disinformation.
Koch Industries has become an aggressive opponent of climate legislation and a major funder of climate skeptics, including the Cato Institute. Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is an astroturf front group started by David Koch and Richard Fink (a member of the board of directors of Koch Industries). AFP works together with the Koch family’s other conservative foundations and think tanks to disrupt Barack Obama’s presidency. Accordingly, AFP has opposed health care reform, stimulus spending, and cap-and-trade legislation, which is aimed at making industries pay for the air pollution that they create. AFP was also involved in the attacks on Obama’s “green jobs” czar, and has crusaded against international climate talks. According to an article in the August 30, 2010 issue of The New Yorker, the Kochs are known for “creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names,” that “make it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington.” However it is perhaps the funding of their funding of the right wing reactionary Tea party movement where is can be seen as a deliberate distortion of democratic principles of informed consent.
So Anonymous have decided to fight back. In a press release posted online in the last few hours the digital activists make it clear that Koch is seen as a legitimate target because
“Governor Walker’s union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process. The Koch’s have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state’s power supplies”
In a nod an understanding of the failing of current system of representative democracy bound under neo liberalism, and the emerging visibility of the class war under way the statement continues
Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America’s broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers’ political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.
The press release end with a call for more traditional forms of protest via a boycott of US and European goods produced/owened by Koch, though this is just an intermediate call while the activists seek out “vulnerabilities” that they can exploit.
For a great take on whats happening in Wisconsin and why people are so pissed off, and refusing to leave the senate building have a read of this
There is regular video updates from http://qik.com/Brandzel as part of the movement there at the moment