PERSPECTIVES: GMU and Koch Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

FROM UNKOCH MY CAMPUS: “The Koch network continues to invest in the destabilization and private control of our institutions. George Mason University’s history, in particular, bears out the evidence of how nefarious the impact of Koch network money can be. Capturing our institutions of higher education and leveraging them to image launder, produce pro-corporate biased research, and spread disinformation should be enough cause to break ties. Unfortunately, George Mason University continues to allow Koch funded think tanks to borrow its reputation all while serving the Koch network’s agenda. 

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, we watched in horror as rioters stormed the Capitol building, disrupting the certification of the 2020 election results. Earlier in the week, 13 GOP Koch-funded senators banned together to object to the congressional confirmation of Biden as our next president, legitimizing and paving the way for Wednesday’s insurrection, which caused the Capitol to be evacuated and has already left five dead. The Koch network spent over $15 million dollars in the last few years ensuring these Senators secured and kept their seats in Congress, with the hope that they would work for corporate interests above those of the people. 

Enough is enough. George Mason University must break ties with all Koch network donors, immediately. When history recalls those who were funding the insurrection, the name Koch will be on every document. Send an email to those who have the power to make these decisions and demand that George Mason University take action to salvage its image and separate its legacy from the Koch network before it is too late.”



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