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Charles Koch: “I paid Peter Suderman $6.25/hr and all I got was this lousy farm subsidy analysis”

April 11th, 2011 | Comments (1)

The Koch-Whore Archipelago: How The Billionaire Kochs Screwed My Scoop While Screwing America

  Update: MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan makes it official: Mark Ames & Yasha Levine “are the two journalists who broke the story about these brothers and the Tea Party in 2009 before anyone believed them.” Watch the episode here and here.  It’s been…

March 25th, 2011 | Comments (26)

Dylan Ratigan Makes It Official: Mark Ames & Yasha Levine Broke The Koch Brothers’ Takeover Of America

The biggest story of the past year—the takeover of America by the billionaire Koch brothers—was first reported by eXiled Online editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine over two years ago, in a controversial article for Playboy. Dylan Ratigan sets the…

March 24th, 2011 | Comments (18)

George Soros vs Koch Brothers: Political Spending Showdown

March 23rd, 2011 | Leave Comment

[SIC] OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: AN EXILED READER OFFERS MORE REASONS TO HATE THE KOCH BROTHERS

  The following is an email sent to us by an anonymous eXiled reader: George Mason University is nothing but a farm team for the Koch bros. Starting at George Mason, the Kochs groom their little recruits as foot-soldiers ready…

March 23rd, 2011 | Comments (27)

eXiled eXclusive: Charles and David Koch Made The Inaugural Ceremony Carpet Under President Obama’s Feet

Yes, the Kochs are everywhere. Even under our feet. See that plush red and blue carpet cascading down the steps of the United States Capitol building, framing President Barack Obama as he makes his historic inaugural address? It’s made from…

January 27th, 2011 | Comments (14)

We, The Spiteful

In the summer of 2004, I published an article in the New York Press that answered Thomas Frank’s question “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” The Bush-Kerry campaign was heating up, and it was clear to me that the American left…

January 22nd, 2011 | Comments (99)

“Mark at the Mic”: Mark Ames on the Dylan Ratigan Show talking about Giffords Assassination-Rampage, Decline & Inequality

Mark Ames was back on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show yesterday talking about the Tuscon assassination-rampage murder, the degeneration of America’s political class and how growing inequality makes everything and everyone shittier. To quote eXiled hero Charles Portis, “We’re weaker…

January 12th, 2011 | Comments (33)

Freemarket Failures: Investors Prefer Doing Business With Hugo Chavez Over Billionaire Koch Brothers

You didn’t hear this on Fox News or the Drudge Report, but on October 10 Venezuela seized and nationalized a massive fertilizer plant part-owned by Koch Industries. The media silence is a bit puzzling. You’d think that the seizure of…

January 5th, 2011 | Comments (30)

Mark Ames and Yasha Levine Respond to Libertarian Blogger Glenn Greenwald

Note: This letter, printed in The Nation on November 24, 2010, is a response to Glenn Greenwald of the libertarian Cato Institute‘s attack on an article we published, titled “TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal.” *** Normally…

November 24th, 2010 | Comments (87)

TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal

This article was published in The Nation on November 23, 2010 Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA? This past week, the media turned an “ordinary guy,” 31-year-old Californian John…

November 24th, 2010 | Comments (21)

WATCH: Mark Ames Is Back On MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan Show, Talking About The Tea Baggers’ Slave Mentality, And America’s “Virtual Democracy”

Mark Ames appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show to talk about the Tea Party slave mentality, how Ames and Levine scooped their journalism peers on the billionaire Koch brothers’ furtive sponsorship of the Tea Party campaign, and how America’s…

October 20th, 2010 | Comments (37)

Tea Party Republicans Are Nothing But Big Government Whores, Just Like Their Billionaire Masters

  This article was first published on TruthDig.com If tea party candidates were serious about stopping runaway spending and bringing fiscal responsibility to Washington, they would have to address one of the most egregious wastes of taxpayer dollars: federal farm…

October 5th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Anatomy of a Libertard: Will Wilkinson And the Koch-Funded Nomenklatura

Will Wilkinson: Libertard With Sadditude Ever since Yasha and I first broke the story about the Koch brothers financing the Tea Party Campaign in February of 2009–a scoop that the New Yorker plagiarized from us a mere 18 months later,…

October 3rd, 2010 | Comments (68)

7 Ways the Koch Bros. Benefit from Corporate Welfare

An abridged version of this article was first published in the New York Observer Mainstream America is finally getting to know the billionaire brothers backing the libertarian movement, thanks to a pair of dueling profiles in New York and The…

September 4th, 2010 | Comments (14)

Teagagged! Born In Offshore Drilling, Tea Party Protest Silenced Over Organizers’ Links To 2008 “Drill Here! Drill Now!” Campaign

This article was first published in Alternet. Why are the hoppin’-mad Teabaggers so oddly quiet these days, ever since the BP oil disaster? That’s what Thomas Frank, author of What’s The Matter With Kansas? asked last week in his column, “Laissez-faire…

June 13th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Is Rand Paul Just Another Neocon Republicrat Masquerading As A Libertarian Rebel?

This article first appeared in Antiwar.com “When it is said that nothing, including a nuclear strike, is off the table on Iran, are those who say it not also threatening genocide?” – Rep. Ron Paul, May 22, 2007 “I don’t think…

May 25th, 2010 | Comments (49)

A People’s History of Koch Industries: How Stalin Funded the Tea Party Movement

This article was first published on Alternet.org “I would rather live under a bridge than live under socialism” —tea bagger slogan   Everyone knows that Tea Party revolutionaries fear and hate socialism about as much as the Antichrist. Which is…

April 17th, 2010 | Comments (106)

Royal Tea Party Rebels: The Heroic Billionaires’ Struggle To Overthrow The Tyranny Of Democracy

This article first was first published in Alternet. While Tea Party movement followers ran around Nashville last week dressed up in their Paul Revere period costumes, blathering about their heroic struggle against Obama’s Islamosocialist tyranny, the right-wing elite that nurtures…

February 12th, 2010 | Comments (76)

Koch Family & The Tea Bagger Loonies 1961-2009: JFK Faced Exact Same Crazy Rightwing Billionaire Family As Obama

Gen. Walker in Mississippi trawling for pro-segregationist cock While wasting time yesterday I looked up that bizarro rightwing “patriot” General Edwin A. Walker, who was fired by Kennedy for insubordination, and who was later allegedly nearly shot by Oswald in…

October 17th, 2009 | Comments (36)

Washington Post Links FreedomWorks, Tea Party, Koch Family, Only 5 Months After Ames & Levine

News Flash! Five months after Yasha Levine and I broke the story linking the rightwing billionaire-PR nexus between FreedomWorks, the Koch family, CNBC, Eric Odom and the Tea Party movement, the Washington Post finally caught up with us. In an article…

August 16th, 2009 | Comments (11)

How FreedomWorks Gave The Teabaggers A Dirty Sanchez

This afternoon, groups of angry conservatives will gather on street corners and in parks across the country to protest. They will carry signs and deliver speeches expressing outrage over the Democrats’ stimulus bill, over entitlements, over budget pork, over taxes….

April 15th, 2009 | Comments (35)

CNBC Bitch-Slaps Santelli Into Line, FreedomWorks Admits It Organized “Grassroots” Tea Parties, Jon Stewart Cancels Santelli & Megan McArdle Queefs On Our Founding Fathers

Our article last Friday exposing the familiar old rightwing corporate machine behind the fake “tea party” protests, and Rick Santelli’s highly questionable role as the one-man MC for the protests’ launch event, wound up crashing the tea party’s mojo, and…

March 2nd, 2009 | Comments (46)

Astroturf Revolution Dispatch: Koch Activists Teabag Media

Koch Industries’ one-man teabag revolution in Santa Monica As soon as Ames and I sent off our Santelli-FreedomWorks connection article to the editors at Playboy, I rushed out the door. I was already 10 minutes late to a tea party…

February 27th, 2009 | Comments (42)

Exposing The Rightwing PR Machine: Is CNBC’s Rick Santelli Sucking Koch?

This article first appeared on Playboy.com Chris Matthews: “You’re up there with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity… It’s quite a team.” Rick Santelli (smiling and nodding): “It is quite a team!” Hardball, MSNBC, Feb 20, 2009 Last week, CNBC correspondent…

February 27th, 2009 | Comments (74)