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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-26-04 06:34 PM
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50. The same Triad Management Systems in "What's the Matter with Kansas?"
Antennae went up when reading this excerpt from the book, "What's the Matter with Kansas?", p. 81-82 by Thomas Frank:

"...The Kansas sensibility with which Vernon Smith is most closely connected is not that of populism, but Koch Industries, the nation's second-largest privately held company.Based in Wichita, Koch's primary business is oil, but is far better known for its owners' openhanded political activities than for its petroleum operations. The founder of the dunasty, Fred Koch, was a charter member of the John Birch Soceity. His billionaire son Charles founded the libertarian Cato Institute in 1977, and another billionaire son, David, ran for vice president on the Libertarian ticket in 1980. Koch money flowed through Triad Management Services, which delivered such crucial assistance to Sam Brownback's Senate campaign in 1996; and Koch money, mingled with the money of so many other oil interests, supported the presidential campaign of George W. Bush."
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