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Koch Brothers Exposed -- Koch Brothers Exposed shines a light on wrong-doing, political lobbying and money-fueled influence in America.


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An exposé on the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who helped finance the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Charles G. Koch ... Himself (archive footage)

David H. Koch ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred C. Koch ... Himself - Father (archive footage)

Bernie Sanders ... Himself - United States Senator for Vermont
Van Jones ... Himself - President & Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream
Bill McKibben ... Himself - Environmentalist & Founder
Katrina vanden Heuvel ... Herself - Editor & Publisher, The Nation
Lawrence Lessig ... Himself - Professor, Harvard Law School
Ben Jealous ... Himself - President & CEO - NAACP (as Benjamin Todd Jealous)
Adele Stan ... Herself - AlterNet Washington Correspondent
Lee Fang ... Himself - Senior Investigator - United Republic
John Nichols ... Himself - Washington Correspondent, The Nation
Andrew Biggs ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Veronique De Rugy ... Herself - Mercatus Center (archive footage)
José Piñera ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
David John ... Himself - Heritage Foundation (archive footage)
Paul Ryan ... Himself - Representative - Wisconsin (archive footage)
John Boehner ... Himself - Speaker of the House (archive footage)
Rand Paul ... Himself (archive footage)
Daniel J. Mitchell ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage) (as Dan Mitchell)
Alison Fraser ... Herself - Heritage Foundation (archive footage)
David Boaz ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Michael Tanner ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Rick Perry ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Edwards ... Himself - Cato Institute (archive footage)
Susan Montalbano ... Herself - Food Stamp User
Wendy McDowell ... Herself - Unemployed
Jerry McDowell ... Himself - Unemployed
Tim Phillips ... Himself - President - Americans for Prosperity
Sue Sturgis ... Herself - Institute for Southern Studies
Bob Geary ... Himself - Journalist - Raleigh Independent Weekly
Steve Daniels ... Himself - Newscaster (archive footage)
Karen Simon ... Herself - School Board Candidate
Rita Rakestraw ... Herself - School Board Candidate
Deborah Prickett ... Herself - School Board Candidate
George Wallace ... Himself - Governor of Alabama (archive footage)
Dallas Woodhouse ... Himself - Americans For Prosperity (archive footage)
Chris Malone ... Himself - School Board Candidate (archive footage)
John Tedesco ... Himself - School Board Member (archive footage)
Angela Hampton ... Herself - Newscaster (archive footage)
Dhruv Jain ... Himself - Student
Gerold Wright ... Himself - Parent
Calla Wright ... Herself - Parent
Quinton White ... Himself - Student
Jennifer Washburn ... Herself - Author, University Inc.: The Corporate Corruption of Higher Education
Casey Delehanty ... Himself - Student - Florida State University
Cary Nelson ... Himself - President of the American Association of University Professors (as Professor Cary Nelson)
John C. Bednar ... Himself - Clemson University (as Professor John C. Bednar)
Jerry Moran ... Himself - Senator - Kansas (archive footage) (as Jerry Morgan)
Mike Enzi ... Himself - Senator - Wyoming (archive footage)
Joe Barton ... Himself - Representative - Texas (archive footage)
Gerald E. Connolly ... Himself - United States Representative for Virginia
Fred Upton ... Himself - Representative - Michigan (archive footage)
Scott Walker ... Himself - Governor - Wisconsin (archive footage) (as Gov. Scott Walker)
Ian Murphy ... Himself - David Koch Impersonator
Emanuel Aziz ... Himself - Missouri Voter
Joy Lieberman ... Herself - Missouri Voter
Austin Gilmore ... Himself - College Student
Demariano Hill ... Himself - College Student
Judith Browne Dianis ... Herself - Co-Director - Advancement Project
Lisa Graves ... Herself - Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy
Sam Brownback ... Himself - Governor - Kansas (archive footage)
David Bouie ... Himself - Penn Road Resident and Pastor
Jeffery Woodberry ... Himself - Penn Road Resident
Norma Thompson ... Herself - Penn Road Resident
Dolores Wimberley ... Herself - Former Neighborhood Resident
Cheryl Slavant ... Herself - Ouachita Riverkeeper, Louisiana Environmental Action Network
William M. Auberele ... Himself - Air Pollution Control Engineering Expert

Michele Bachmann ... Herself (archive footage)
Melissa Jarrell ... Herself - Associate Professor of Criminal Justice - Texas A&M / Environmental Criminologist (as Dr. Melissa Jarrell)
Shelley Moore Capito ... Herself - Representative - West Virginia (archive footage) (as Shelley Moore)
Kit Bond ... Himself - Senator - Missouri (archive footage)

Directed by
Robert Greenwald 
Produced by
Laila Ashaq .... associate producer
Jeff Cole .... executive producer
Robert Greenwald .... producer
Natalie Kottke .... co-producer
Jim Miller .... producer
Carl N. Oerke Jr. .... producer
Crystal Page .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Joseph Suzuki 
Production Management
Itai Levin .... post-production manager (2014 edition)
Jeff Yaroslow .... post production supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Catalina Ausin .... camera operator
Catalina Ausin .... cinematographer: additional photography
Editorial Department
Maria Friesen .... additional editor (2014)
Andrew Rivard .... post production intern
Tom Myers .... thanks: crowd funding contribution

Production Companies

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56 min


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A "greatest hits" collection of two of the most despicable Americans, 3 November 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The Conservatives hate George Soros and the Liberals hate the Koch Brothers. Which investor is worse depends on your bias. Coming from a Libertarian, the Koch brothers and Soros seem to be in a dead race for the most despicable humans. Robert Greenwald's Koch Brothers Exposed is a documentary that was born from a viral video online, and in sixty minutes, tries to tackle the macro issue of their heavy-handed ideology and how they have harmed and may continue to harm the United States as a whole.

This is a hatchet-job in every sense of the word, yet one wonders if the Koch brothers have taken a hatchet to their own job, flaunting their bigotry and fighting to strip away benefit programs from Americans who desperately need them. They've continued their attempts to abolish Social Security, raise the retirement age, and spread false claims about many government programs. They've fueled their gas tank by funding politicians, news pundits, much of the media, and several organizations, along with crippling certain environments and slanting much of the research done by universities to fit their ideology.

People like this show me nothing but how corrupt, unconvincing, and outdated the two-party system of America is. Are we supposed to be proud of this and are we supposed to shamelessly canonize it? Republicans and Democrats alike have proved their incompetence by not only limiting Americans in several ways, but also, showing us that behind the scenes is where most everything takes place and that we as the 99% are fortunate to see the little brief outtakes and clips on the networks. I usually sneer and roll my eyes at random conspiracy theories I find on the internet, yet with all the talk about Republicans preventing people from voting and Democrats finding another freedom to limit, I begin to see why one would believe there's more than meets the eye.

The men got so filthy rich because they inherited so much of their father's wealth, who ran a successful oil business in communist Russia. They took some money and started their own business not long after in the United States, and now have a combined net worth of $31 billion. We meet several different people living in different parts of the United States, clearly struggling to make end's meet, and usually relying on Social Security, food stamps, welfare, or something to assure they'll see the sun of tomorrow. Greenwald then shows us how the Koch Brothers, Charles and Dave, two filthy rich venture capitalists who run Koch Industries, a massive company that specializes in the production of various chemicals, live with several multimillion dollar mansions in several parts of the country. Seeing these people, already fearing for their financial position in America, be tested by a large corporation and its ambition to deprive the same kind of people of their deserved benefits is a shameful act. I've long been a supporter of Capitalism, and on the contrary to many, I think it in its most basic and moderate form isn't greed but almost common sense; what the Koch brothers are doing is simply fulfilling their greediness in the world. Even Charles Koch states that they don't care what happens because at the end of the day, it's all about profits, right? The final part of this brief excursion is we see a small local community that has been impacted negatively by the tycoons, whose factories are one of the top-ten companies in the country that pollute deadly amounts of smoke in the air. Their factories spew thick clouds of repugnant smog that can cause asthma, cancer, and at worst, death. David Koch is an outspoken prostate cancer survivor, donating millions and millions to cancer research, yet one of his many factories is now causing the problem; one of the most disgusting cases of hypocrisy I have yet to see.

Koch Brothers Exposed feels like a "greatest hits" CD of the most deplorable things the brothers have done over the course of their lifetime, and because of that, the editing and overall cutting job is messy and somewhat fast-paced for a documentary. But the film proposes too many issues and too many facts to be deemed as senseless propaganda. Something truly resonated with me when I came to the conclusion that these men could potentially buy the government if they wanted to, and transport us back to the 1950's, where your freedoms were thin and your gender roles defined you as a whole.

Starring: Charles G. Koch, David H. Koch, Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, and Bill McKibben. Directed by: Robert Greenwald.

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