Monday, April 18, 2016

Koch Brothers Help Fund Anti-Grand Canyon Monument Movement

This is how the power elite operate.

A string of dark-money organizations with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers is helping Arizona politicians and special-interest groups fight the popular Grand Canyon National Heritage Monument proposal, tax documents show, reports the Phoenix New Times.

The money trail begins with a conservative political advocacy organization funded in part by Charles and David Koch and their vast donor network, and ends with a coordinated ground campaign intended to undermine public support for the monument.

The proposed monument, which would grant federal protection to 1.7 million acres of land in the Grand Canyon watershed and permanently ban uranium mining in the area, is supported by environmental organizations, native tribes, and large parts of the public.

The Prosper Foundation, a Koch-linked organization, has put out a report calling the  monument a “monumental mistake"

Prosper, which was formed in 2013, covers nearly its entire budget with funds from Koch-backed American Encore — formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights. According to tax filings, American Encore has funded 83 percent of Prosper Inc.’s total budget since its creation, donating over $1.5 million to the organization in 2013 and 2014.

The major application of uranium in the military sector is in high-density penetrators.

The main use of uranium in the civilian sector is to fuel nuclear power plants.


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