SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's powerful network that's known for influencing state policy is now targeting education issues like school choice as the movement battles a...
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Foundations supporting the University of Virginia want the state Supreme Court to keep agreements with big donors private.
SEATTLE (AP) — If a billionaire's approach to philanthropy is a reflection of himself, Charles Koch's latest initiative tackling poverty embodies both the wealthy industrialist's business acumen...
George Mason tightens donor rules after uproar over Koch
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Following an uproar over revelations that Virginia's largest university allowed the conservative Charles Koch Foundation to give input in some personnel decisions, the...
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University is launching a new research institute that will focus on global innovation, trade and economic growth.
Wichita State looks to sweep ECU
East Carolina (10-18, 3-13) vs. Wichita State (15-13, 8-8)
Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: East Carolina seeks revenge on Wichita State after...
Connecticut looks to end streak vs Wichita State
Connecticut (13-14, 4-10) vs. Wichita State (13-13, 6-8)
Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Wichita State looks to extend Connecticut's conference...
Wichita State seeks revenge on Memphis
Memphis (16-11, 8-6) vs. Wichita State (13-12, 6-7)
Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kansas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Memphis goes for the season sweep over Wichita State after...
Koch family not pressing charges over gate-crashing
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The family of conservative billionaire Charles Koch isn't pushing for property damage charges against a man who's accused of driving through the private gate of a home last month and ramming an officer's patrol car.
Koch group touts education push on curriculum, technology
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Officials with the powerful political network led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch said Monday that they are promoting a state-level education strategy that...
Muted political tone at largest Koch donor network meeting
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — A record-breaking number of wealthy donors have gathered at conservative billionaire industrialist Charles Koch's private weekend retreat, where leaders of the powerful political network have taken a decidedly different, more politically muted tone than in years past.
2 men arrested after incident at home of Koch family member
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men were arrested after their car intentionally rammed a police car at the home of a member of the Charles Koch family.
The Wichita Eagle reports the incident happened Tuesday night at the home of Chase Koch, son of Wichita billionaire Charles Koch.
Ballot measure planned if lawmakers don’t fulfill tax cuts
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota conservative group plans to push lawmakers to fulfill a law calling for tax cuts after the state's U.S. Supreme Court victory this year clearing the way for major new online sales tax revenues.
But Americans for Prosperity-South Dakota has a backup plan if officials don't deliver: let voters decide in the 2020 election.
Koch-backed group drops another $1.5 million for Walker
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative group that's part of the network run by Kansas billionaire Charles Koch is spending another $1.5 million to help Gov. Scott Walker win re-election.
Koch-funded group drops another $1.3 million against Evers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservative group that's part of the network run by Kansas billionaire Charles Koch is dropping another $1.3 million in the Wisconsin governor's race.
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced Friday it was launching a second ad targeting Tony Evers. It comes after the group spent $1.8 million on an ad in August.
Evers faces Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the November election.
Kochs unveil list of backed House candidates
NEW YORK (AP) — The political network created by the billionaire Koch brothers announced plans to support eight House Republicans on Thursday, pledging financial resources and activists to help re-elect several vulnerable congressmen deemed "principled" conservatives.
The first wave of endorsements includes a handful of sometime-critics of President Donald Trump, particularly on immigration and spending.
Koch-funded groups spending $1.6 million against Baldwin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two groups that are part of the network run by conservative Kansas billionaire Charles Koch unleashed $1.6 million in new ads attacking Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday, raising spending in a race that's already one of the most expensive in the country.
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Koch family’s new private school to open in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new Wichita private school financed by members of the Koch family is preparing to open its doors to preschool and elementary-age children this fall.
Wonder, a private pre-K-through-12th-grade school on the Wichita State University campus, will open Sept. 4 with 39 students, the Wichita Eagle reported. The school is funded by Chase and Annie Koch, the son and daughter-in-law of Koch Industries chief Charles Koch.
In reversal, Ball State removes name of Papa John’s founder
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University's trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John's founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned Sunday that Trump administration trade policies could trigger a recession.
The conservative activist lashed out at the Republican president's brewing international trade war as hundreds of donors gathered for a private retreat in the Colorado mountains.
Koch told reporters during a rare question-and-answer session that "protectionism at any level" is "detrimental."
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities.
The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning.
Charles Koch wrote that he is "deeply saddened" by his brother's retirement. "David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way," he wrote.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The conservative Charles Koch Foundation is dramatically increasing its donations to colleges and universities at a time when its philanthropy is facing increasing scrutiny, according to tax records.
The foundation gave nearly $49 million to more than 250 colleges across the U.S. in 2016, according to an Associated Press review of the foundation's most recent tax records. That's a 47 percent increase over 2015.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The faculty senate at Virginia's largest university passed a resolution Friday calling for a moratorium on certain kinds of donor agreements in the wake of revelations that the school gave the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The faculty senate at Virginia's largest university has formally asked the school to disclose donor agreements after revelations that some gift arrangements gave the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of some professors.
The senate at George Mason University has for years been debating academic independence and raising questions about the school's relationship with the foundation, which donates millions of dollars annually to George Mason.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Virginia's largest public university granted the conservative Charles Koch Foundation a say in the hiring and firing of professors in exchange for millions of dollars in donations, according to newly released documents.
The release of donor agreements between George Mason University and the foundation follows years of denials by university administrators that Koch foundation donations inhibit academic freedom.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana State University faculty members have voted against establishing an economic research center funded by a five-year grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A judge is weighing whether to force a Virginia university's philanthropic arm to disclose details of its relationship with the conservative Charles Koch Foundation.
The foundation gives tens of millions of dollars annually to universities all over the country, but no school has received more Koch money than Fairfax-based George Mason University, which has gained a reputation as a conservative powerhouse in law and free-market economic thought.
Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out — a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting.
Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn't expect to see stands out -- a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting.
Koch Foundation gives latest large gift to George Mason
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Charles Koch Foundation has donated $5 million to George Mason University's Department of Economics.
The Washington Post reported Thursday the money will go toward helping the department hire for three tenure-track positions.
In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity.
Taylor reached out to Koch, and the result was a Koch contribution of $25.6 million to the TMCF to establish the Center for Advancing Opportunity.
Americans for Prosperity former Nebraska director is new HHS communications administrator
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has hired the former state director of Americans for Prosperity as its new administrator of communications and legislative services.
Matt Litt replaced longtime administrator Kathie Osterman, who has been in the position 20 years and before that worked with the department in its various forms since 1983.
College of Charleston coach Earl Grant returns to Wichita State
When College of Charleston coach Earl Grant walks onto the floor at Charles Koch Arena on Monday night, he hopes he remembers to go to the visitor’s bench.
For three years Grant was an assistant coach at Wichita State and sat alongside Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall - a former College of Charleston assistant coach under John Kresse - on the home bench.
Ohio State creates center to study impact of war on drugs
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has announced the creation of a center to study the societal impacts of the country's drug war.
The Drug Enforcement and Policy Center is being established with a $4.5 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.
The center is based in the Ohio State law school and will tap experts from across the university, including the College of Social Work and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Ohio State gets $4.5 million from Koch Foundation to start drug policy center
Ohio State gets $4.5 million from Koch Foundation to start drug policy center
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University will establish a new drug policy center with a $4.5 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation.
Koch gift goes to Wichita State institute on economic growth
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University will use a $3.6 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to create an Institute for the Study of Economic Growth.
University officials say the institute will focus on economic and business research. It will be housed in the Barton School of Business.
While President Donald Trump's incendiary tweets and unorthodox behavior dominates headlines, well-heeled conservative groups and lobbyists are trying to focus their energy elsewhere, spending significant resources to push through what could be the most important legislative goal of Trump's first year: Tax reform.
$10M Koch donation to University of Utah raises concerns
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group from the University of Utah is raising "serious concerns" about a $10 million donation from the conservative billionaire Koch brothers to help establish an economics institute.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker resigned from the South Dakota Legislature on Tuesday to lead the state's chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch.
Former House Speaker Pro Tempore Don Haggar will take over as state director of the organization's local chapter, putting him at the helm of a group that has taken on high-profile political fights in South Dakota.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a crash while escorting Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade is out of the intensive care unit and is "on his way to recovery."
Police say it has been determined that speed and poor road conditions were likely factors in Andrew Holland's crash on Saturday.
ISU student competes at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
LOUISVILLE, KY – Jacob Parker of Idaho State University was congratulated by Mike Rowe, executive producer and television host, at the national SkillsUSA competition today in Louisville, Ky., where he is competing in the aviation maintenance technology contest this week. The SkillsUSA Travel Scholarship, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries, Inc., provided travel accommodations to the 2017 National Leadership and Skills Conference.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah business school has received two donations totaling $50 million.
The donations were announced at Utah State University's Saturday commencement ceremonies. Reports say that the gift is the largest in USU's history.
Koch leads fight to deregulate African-style braiding
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and hair braider Jocelyn DoCouto have at least one thing in common. They are both part of a national movement to deregulate the business of African-style braiding.
DoCouto is pushing for legislation in Rhode Island that would exempt her from the cumbersome and expensive occupational licensing requirements for hairdressers and barbers.
GMU students sue university seeking access to grant records
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A group of George Mason University students is suing the school and its nonprofit foundation to seek details of grant agreements tied to billionaire donor Charles Koch and others.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Fairfax County seeks donor records under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
Tensions flare as Koch promises to hold Trump accountable
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Conservative patriarch Charles Koch and his vast network is vowing to oppose President Donald Trump if and when he deviates from their dedication to "free and open societies."
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Kochs condemn Trump’s immigration crackdown
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Charles Koch first likened candidate Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslim immigrants to something Adolf Hitler would have done in Nazi Germany.
The billionaire industrialist and his chief lieutenants offered a more delicate response this weekend when asked about President Trump's plan to block immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. They described Trump's plan as "the wrong approach" that violated its dedication to "free and open societies."
Koch political network to spend $300M to $400M over 2 years
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The conservative Koch network plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million to influence politics and public policy over the next two years, intensifying its nationwide efforts in the initial years of Donald Trump's presidency.