Koch PAC Funding of Federal Political Campaigns

Page - March 29, 2010
Koch Industries’ political action committee--KochPAC--bundles contributions from Koch employees and their spouses. KochPAC spent a total of $7.27 million since 2006: $2.04 million in the 2006 cycle, $2.58 million in the 2008 cycle, and $2.64 million in the 2010 cycle.

From the beginning of the 2006 election cycle, KochPAC spent more on contributions to federal candidates and committees than any other oil-and-gas sector based PAC. For that period, Koch Industries and its executives spent $5.06 million compared to next three biggest contributors: Exxon ($3.56 million), Chevron ($2.62 million), and Valero ($2.33 million).

KochPAC heavily favors Republicans: 92% of its contributions went to Republicans during the 2010 election cycle; 88% went to Republicans in the 2008 cycle.  KochPAC also heavily favors Republican Party committees and leadership. In 2010, KochPAC gave:

  • $45,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), plus a total $110,300 directly from Charles, Elizabeth, David and Julia Koch. NRCC is chaired by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), who also received a $10,000 donation to his political campaign and another $10,000 to his Leadership PAC from Koch in the 2009-2010 election cycle, plus $4,000 directly from the four Kochs.
  • $35,000 to the Target State Victory Fund, which routs federal money to state Republican committees.
  • $30,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), plus $64,400 directly from the Kochs. NRSC is chaired by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who also received a $10,000 donation to his Leadership PAC from Koch in the 2009-2010 election cycle, and $6,900 directly from the Kochs.
  • $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
  • $15,000 to the Congressional Trust 2010, set up by the NRC, NRCC and NRSC to “make sure this Democrat majority pays the price for the radical and unpopular agenda it is imposing.”
  • $15,000 to the 2009 Senators Classic Committee, another fund for major Republican candidates.

In addition, Koch owns Georgia Pacific and Flint Hill Resources, employees of which now give money to Koch PAC; e.g., Georgia Pacific CEO Patrick Boushka gave $25,000 to Koch PAC in the 2008 cycle.

Koch Family and Individual Political Contributions

Charles Koch, David Koch, and their wives Elizabeth and Julia have spent over $922,000 in individual political contributions from 2004-2010.

During the 2010 election cycle, the Koch brothers and their spouses spent over $363,000 in direct contributions to political campaign committees and party committees. Koch family members contributed at least $219,700 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) since the 2004 election cycle, and an additional $167,300 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) since the 2008 election cycle.