April 3, 2012

Congressman Jared Polis Tells Us Why He Opposes The Koch Takeover Of Cato

Last month, the Koch Brothers ramped up their efforts to take control of the right-libertarian Cato Institute. Cato has long been a beacon of independent thought, not tied to one political party or another. The Kochs are apparently trying to push the think tank in a more blatantly pro-corporate direction.

Last week, we talked to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) about why he opposes this Koch takeover. Polis told us that it is “very scary” because Cato’s “intellectual integrity” is being challenged by the Kochs. Watch our interview:


The “Kochs can easily work through their activist grassroots organizations to advance their political goals. But the Cato Institute cannot be just another tool to promote their interests,” wrote Cato board chairman Robert Levy yesterday.