While looking for something else I came across this note in my files. The Koch brothers weren’t exactly flying under the radar till Jane Mayer discovered them last August. Their blips had been visible on our screen for a long time, but attention was not paid.
Wall Street Journal 8/9/99 piece on how Koch Industries and other big corporations give judge expenses-paid “Economic Institutes for State Judges” for judges in such hell-holes as Sanibel Island. In such “institutes” these often pretty naïve (to judge by the story) jurists learn the corporate slant on junk science, free market, the cost and ineffectiveness of EPA regulations. Koch is of course a major polluter. First Koch-backed groups rank judges on how their decisions affect business. Political groups use these rankings in judicial elections. Often judges with low scores decide to attend the seminars.