Charles Koch Agrees With Senator Sanders For Criminal Justice Reform

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken out vehemently about corporate welfare and Charles Koch’s political agenda. To some this may come as no surprise. However, it does come as a surprise that businessman and Philanthropist Charles Koch would agree with the senator. Corporate welfare is not the only policy they agree on. Charles also agrees with the senator’s view on Criminal Justice. This begs the question why would the sixth wealthiest man in American be concerned with the criminal justice systems? Why is he advocating for criminal justice reform?

The truth is lawsuits and threatened prosecution have plagued the Koch family and Koch Industries. In 1995 Charles faced a legal battle that could have seen the unfair termination of four of his employees. Charles chose to fight the case. It took ten years and $10 million dollars to win the case. He later said, “If that can happen with us, with our resources and what we did to defend our people, what happens to people in a company that doesn’t defend them? Or even worse, to poor people who get caught in something and have no recourse?”

In his op-ed he explained,”Our criminal justice system, which is in dire need of reform, is another issue where the senator shares some of my concerns. Families and entire communities are being ripped apart by laws that unjustly destroy the lives of low-level and nonviolent offenders.”

Charles Koch is a very intelligent businessman, he is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and a triple degree holder from the very prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Where he holds degrees in general engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. He became president of Koch Industries after the passing of his father, Fred, whom he renamed the company for. He took the $112 million dollar company and turned it into a $280 billion dollar conglomerate and the second largest privately owned business in the United States.

Charles Koch’s philanthropy endeavors are numerous and span the spectrum of research, think tanks, the arts, market based thinking and education. He has donated an estimated $11 million dollars to Whichita State University for a new sports arena. He has donated to George Mason University as well as Florida State to name a few. He is the founder of the Cato Institute, which was formed back in 1974. The Cato Institute is a Libertarian Political think tank, which was established for media coverage, advocacy and social influence.