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'When it came down to actual legislation, the Kochs were focused on reducing criminal prosecutions of corporations, not people.' (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Koch “Alliance” on Criminal Justice Reform Exposed as Trojan Horse

Dan Froomkin

 by The Intercept

The New York Times on Wednesday reported the shocking news that the “rare coalition” on criminal justice reform that included liberal groups and the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers is falling apart.

But as The Intercept’s Lee Fang wrote earlier this month, the ostensible alliance over liberalization of America’s criminal justice laws was based on a misunderstanding of the Koch brothers’ fundamental political goal.

That goal is, quite consistently, to advance their own corporate interests.

So, while the Kochs and the liberal groups used similar language in their critique of the criminal justice system, when it came down to actual legislation, the Kochs were focused on reducing criminal prosecutions of corporations, not people.

Koch and the House Republicans turned out to be pushing a bill that critics describe as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for white-collar criminals.

Read the full article on The Intercept.


© 2021 The Intercept

Dan Froomkin

Dan Froomkin is a political journalist and founder and editor of Press Watch, a site focusing on coverage of U.S. politics and media. Previously, Froomkin covered politics for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and The Intercept. Follow him on Twitter: @froomkin

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