Washington Post: The Koch network donor retreat turns touchy-feely

Liberal activist Van Jones protested the Koch brothers outside their donor meeting in 2011. Groups funded by the billionaire-backed network had successfully clamored for his ouster as President Barack Obama’s green jobs czar two years earlier, labeling him a dangerous radical. At the 2019 Koch seminar, however, there is a giant banner with Jones’s smiling face …

Charles Koch urges businesses to hire ex-convicts following new prison-reform law

Billionaire Charles Koch and a coalition of business groups on Sunday announced a push to encourage companies to hire workers with criminal records, following the recent passage of a federal prison and sentencing reform law. The influential network aligned with Koch has teamed up with the Society of Human Resources Management, the trade group for …

The Next Step in Getting Felons on the Right Path and Into the Workplace

The biggest feather in the Koch network’s cap from 2018 was the passage of the First Step Act, a long-debated package of criminal justice reforms and prison anti-recidivism programs. The legislation aimed to ensure that a felon’s first trip to prison would be their last, and that felons can get education and training behind bars, …

Can Researching the Brain Bridge Ideological Divisions?

Can psychology and neuroscience play a role in bridging the partisan and ideological divides in America? One of the Koch network’s lesser-known operations is the Charles Koch Foundation’s Courageous Collaborations Initiative, which supports “supporting interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities” – in short, studying the …

Stand Together Foundation: The Koch-Backed Anti-Poverty Group Starting off 2019 with a Bang

Stand Together, a nonprofit backed by the Koch family and its network, plans to give $10 to $15 million in grants in January to mark “Poverty Awareness Month.” The organization has already distributed more than $6.5 million, which leaves millions in grants yet to come. The nonprofit is funded through the Seminar Network, a group of hundreds of business leaders led by Charles Koch. The network professes a desire to remove the “internal and external barriers” that hold people back through social entrepreneurship.