Bloomberg Markets magazine dropped a bombshell on Sunday, with its 14-page investigation of Koch Industries—one of the largest privately-held corporations in the world—owned by conservative activists Charles and David (pictured above) Koch. The question that looms today is how much damage the exposé will do, given its eyebrow-raising allegations of foreign bribery, environmental negligence and price-fixing. So, what will come of the Kochs who are already pushing back against the article? These seem to be the initial reactions.
New ammo for Democrats, write Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake at The Washington Post: "Democrats have attempted to make bogeymen out of the tea party-supporting billionaire Koch brothers, and we’d expect them to push this big time." Noreen Malone at New York's Daily Intel notes that even some on the right won't be able to ignore the piece. "The charge about sales to Iran--after it had been dubbed a member of the axis of evil by President Bush--probably won't sit well with conservatives who care about more than just regulatory issues."
The depth of the reporting props up the article's assertions, writes Patrick at PoliticalGates: "There is nothing to 'discredit.' The article is an effort of almost monumental proportions, carefully researched by no less than 15 journalists all over the globe, and very courageous at the same time," he writes, "This will be a tough ride for the Koch Brothers."