Charles & David Koch

Koch Brothers on campus: HBCUs in the cross-hairs

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These aren't the opportunities you're looking for, move along:

The concept for the efforts the Koch gift will fund is in place, but many of the details have yet to be established. Broadly, the $25.6 million will go toward original research, creating three campus research centers and funding research efforts. It will also go toward scholarships and fellowships for students in education, sociology, economics and criminal justice. It will also support on-campus programming, funding speakers like educators and entrepreneurs. And it will pay for research and polling, helping Gallup create an opportunity index and survey fragile communities, which are defined as those where residents face barriers to economic advancement and which exhibit high crime rates, low-quality education options and limited mobility.

Attempts by the Koch Brothers to infiltrate universities and expand their free-market ideology has been spotty at best. Where they have succeeded, these entities have been under harsh scrutiny by faculty groups (rightly) concerned about interference and the reputation of the school itself. But Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been (for the most part) also historically underfunded, which presents a prime opportunity for the oil-drenched billionaires to poke their noses in. But not everybody is gung-ho for this "partnership" to proceed:

The GOP will go off the deep end in 2016 - Here's why

If you've paid attention to politics the past few years, you've seen the Koch brothers build up an unprecidented political organization through a network of shady political action committees and dark money - the Kochtapus.

A key player in the Koch effort has been North Carolina's own Art Pope, coordinating with the Koch brothers to place their hand-picked candidates in state and local offices, pushing an agenda to kill public education, remove environmental protections, turn over the functions of government to private companies, and gerrymander the legislature, Congress, the state Supreme Court and even local races to ensure they stay in power.

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