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Advancing Market-Based Public Policy

The United States was founded on liberty and personal responsibility. To advance – and sometimes protect – those principles, Koch companies and foundations engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.  

Transcending politics and political parties

Historically, Koch companies and their political action committee, KOCHPAC, support candidates and policy makers, regardless of party affiliation, who promote and vote for market-based public policies. 

Consistent, principled effort

For decades, our companies and foundations have supported economic education programs, university research and organizations that champion free-market principles. Examples of this include underwriting think tanks and Nobel prize-winning economists; grants to more than 50 universities and colleges; and support for programs produced by the Bill of Rights Institute and PBS, among others. Koch companies and foundations, however, do not support all organizations claiming to advance free-market principles. For example, neither Koch companies and foundations nor members of the Koch family have ever contributed to FreedomWorks.

Americans for Prosperity and AFP Foundation

Among the hundreds of organizations that have received support from Koch companies and the family foundations are Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation.* Americans for Prosperity is a citizen advocacy organization. Americans for Prosperity Foundation works to educate citizens about market-based solutions to societal challenges. Americans for Prosperity Foundation is chaired by David H. Koch, an executive vice president of Koch Industries, Inc. These two organizations have more than 1.6 million members, including members in all 50 states and 31 state chapters and affiliates.

With 65,000-plus donors, less than 10 percent of AFP and AFP Foundation’s funding was Koch-related in 2009. No funds were contributed by Koch companies, Koch foundations or the Koch family to AFP and AFP Foundation efforts on the health care issue, including town-hall meetings and citizen rallies.

*AFP and AFP Foundation are legally separate organizations with two separate governing boards. AFP Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, focuses on citizen education about economic policy and the roles outlined for the federal government in the U.S. Constitution. AFP, a 501(c)(4) entity, focuses on citizen advocacy. Koch foundations provide no funding to AFP.

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