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Koch Industries Sends Letter To TPM Saying They Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except When They Do)

Rachel points out the bizarre unsolicited letter that Koch Industries to Talking Points Memo Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For Th
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Rachel points out the bizarre unsolicited letter that Koch Industries to Talking Points Memo Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund):

Koch Industries, a major backer of myriad right-wing causes, issued an unsolicited statement last night in advance of Tax Day claiming it has never provided funding "specifically to support the tea parties." But when TPMmuckraker followed up, a spokeswoman acknowledged that Koch funds one of the most prominent national groups that organizes ... tea parties.

"Because you have covered tea parties in the past and we imagine you will cover tomorrow's Tax Day Tea Party in DC, we want to reiterate some important facts," wrote Melissa Cohlmia, the company's director of communication, in the email Wednesday evening.

"Koch companies value free speech and believe it is good to have more Americans engaged in key policy issues. That said, Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch and David Koch have no ties to and have never given money to FreedomWorks. In addition, no funding has been provided by Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch or David Koch specifically to support the tea parties. Thanks for your consideration." Read on...

As TPM pointed out Koch Industries didn't explain how that statement squares with their support of Americans for Prosperity and their promotion of the Tea Party rallies among other things.

Compare and contrast John King's little love-fest with Dick Armey to Rachel Maddow's coverage on the subject a couple of hours later.

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