In one of the oldest democracies of the world politics is made completely in the sense of its wealthiest citizens. How super-rich U.S. citizens are imposing their political agenda on the country
In January 2015, brothers Charles and David Koch announced plans to donate nearly $900 million, the equivalent of about 760 million euros, to the 2016 U.S. election campaign: a small cash infusion for Republican Party candidates. But for all their generosity, the Koch brothers are not fans of the Republican Party. On American television, older brother Charles defined his relationship with the party as follows: "The way I see it, the Democrats are going over the financial cliff at 160 into a broken society, the Republicans are only going 110."
"Democrats are going over the financial cliff into a broken society at 160, Republicans are only going 110"
The Kochs' political ideas can also be summed up like this: The state should stay out of it. They don't think much of universal health insurance or a minimum wage, they want less taxes and no environmental regulations – because they only disrupt their business. The brothers from Kansas own Koch Industries, the second largest privately held company in the U.S. The group includes chemical plants and cattle farms, oil refineries and thousands of kilometers of pipelines; about 120.000 employees produce a myriad of products from asphalt to fertilizer to toilet paper.