Charles Koch is the co-owner, chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, one of the largest closely held companies in the world. The Wichita, Kansas-based firm operates in various industries including oil refining, pipelines, commodities trading, ranching and paper pulp, and has annual sales of $110 billion. He owns 42 percent of the company.
Koch Industries Inc. and its employees and subsidiaries spent $1.2 million in the last election helping to elect Republican governors who are now trying to take away bargaining rights of state workers.
Dan Maffei, a New York congressional candidate and former member of the U.S. House, said he is giving $3,500 in political donations from Koch Industries Inc. to charity because the company profited from business in Iran.
Billionaire brothers Charles G. Koch, co-founder of the Cato Institute, and David H. Koch sued the free-market advocacy group, and the widow of Chairman Emeritus William Niskanen seeking control of his shares.
Koch Industries Inc., which spent $1.2 million in 2010 to help elect governors who oppose collective bargaining for public employees, won praise from a labor union official for backing the rights of factory workers.