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The Koch brothers are using Fox News employees as campaigners

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"It’s outrageous that Fox News hosts are campaigning for the Koch brothers without disclosing their massive conflict of interest on air. Publicly disclose your hosts’ campaign activities on behalf of the Koch brothers and other right-wing extremists."

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    The Koch brothers are using Fox News employees as campaigners

    The Koch brothers are spending enormous amounts of money to buy the 2014 election and engineer a Tea Party takeover of the Senate -- but of course you wouldn’t know it from watching Fox News.

    "Who's ever heard of Charles and David Koch? Is this really going to move voters? ... This really is telling of the global warming cult….It's a form of -- it's a form of social control," said Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

    “It is almost McCarthyistic, the types of things you hear from the Senate floor about two Americans who are expressing the First Amendment rights,” quipped contributor Greg Gutfeld.

    What else you wouldn’t know from watching Fox News: That these same on-air personalities who are posing as objective news reporters are actively campaigning for the Kochs.

    That’s just egregiously shameful. Fox New should disclose their hosts campaign activities for the Koch’s when they report on them. Click here to sign the petition.

    This isn’t just a few folks. According to a recent report by watchdog group Media Matters, "At least 15 Fox News hosts and contributors have recently campaigned with two political organizations created and heavily funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. Many of those same Fox News personalities have also defended the Kochs from attacks and praised their political efforts on-air.”1

    The Koch brothers plan to spend nearly $300 million dollars this election cycle to elect Republican candidates that will do everything in their power to destroy our social safety net and wage a War on Women.2 Worse, much of their influence is invisible because it’s being filtered through a huge network of front-groups — and because the Koch brothers friends on Fox News help keep this network concealed and downplay the scale of the Kochs’ spending.3

    That’s why it’s so damaging to have the very same people who are headlining Koch brothers events in battleground states also reporting on the Koch brothers on air.

    Tucker Carlson spoke at Koch events in Montana and North Carolina. Greg Gutfield spoke at a Koch event in Florida. Dana Parino, who spoke at a Koch event in Arkansas, called a Koch-funded ad “devastating” during an on-air appearance, and even promoted Americans for Prosperity’s list of things conservatives can do to celebrate Earth Day.

    Fox News’ propaganda machine only works if we remain silent.

    Tell Fox News: Publicly disclose your hosts’ campaign activities on behalf of the Koch brothers and other right-wing extremists.

    1. Eric Hananoki, ”The Koch Brothers Are Using Fox News Employees As Campaigners,” Media Matters, July 1, 2014
    2. Matea Gold, ”An expanding Koch network aims to spend $300 million to shape Senate fight and 2016,” The Washington Post, June 18, 2014
    3. Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, "Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE," ProPublica, March 17, 2014