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Who is the biggest ?

Please note this entry for Cargill:

Cargill, Incorporated is a privately held, multinational corporation, and is based in the state of Minnesota in the United States. It was founded in 1865, and has grown into the world's largest privately held corporation (in terms of revenue).

A search on Google also gave this info (in a chached page):

With more than $350 billion in assets plus another $650 billion in outstanding mortgage-backed securities, the Federal National Mortgage Association—better known as Fannie Mae— is the largest private corporation in America.

As well as this one:

In today's ever demanding economy, Wal-Mart has recently become the front runner in the race to be the largest private corporation in America.

KeyStroke 19:19, 15 December 2005 (UTC)

Cargill is, although Koch will be. Once Koch completes its acquisition of Georgia-Pacific, it will surpass Cargill as the largest private corporation, as measured by revenue. That's according to Forbes magazine's annual list of the largest private corporations. Fannie Mae and Wal-Mart are "private companies" only in the sense that they are not government-owned. In the sense used in this article, Fannie Mae and Wal-Mart are "public companies" because their stock is traded on major stock exchanges. Lobosolo 01:06, 17 December 2005 (UTC)

Bush and Koch relationship

Bobby Koch (married to George Bush's sister) is NOT the son of Fred Koch, co-founder of Koch Industries. This is misleading to point out in the critism section without providing any connection other than last name. Vewatson 17:16, 13 June 2007 (UTC)


I removed the propaganda template; this may have been an attempt to say that a section read like propaganda (although I'm not seeing it). However, the template was actually the box used for linking to various types of propaganda - doesn't really fit. CredoFromStart talk 15:38, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

Untitled old thread

Koch Industries, the largest privately-held oil company in the United States, has frequently been taken to task for its environmental infractions. In September 2000, the United States government brought a 97-count indictment against the company; after the inauguration of George W. Bush, the number of counts dropped from 97 to 9; two more charges were dropped in March, and the case was finally settled by the Justice Department two days before it would have gone to trial.

Above should strike out the word "oil" in the statement "largest privately-held oil company" as Koch owns many different types of businesses, as the main page clearly shows. I would add that "frequently" is a matter of opinion as only 1 example is cited above, hardly meriting the label of "frequently".

The other reason I take issue with "frequently" is that adherance to all laws of the land are drilled into employees from Day 1, and as we are trained "10,000 percent compliance is expected - 100 percent of employees complying 100 percent of the time with the law and all Company policies". I can testify to the fact employees are removed at a moment's notice if evidence they are NOT complying is found, having watched several employees go for just that reason.

Again, not sure this is the correct way to dispute something nor if I did this in the correct way, if not, someone feel free to correct me/offer suggestions.Predator42 (talk) 11:56, 12 May 2008 (UTC)


The link to Purina makes no mention of Koch Industries.

That would be because Koch sold its Purina interests some years back - I know this as I work for a business Koch owns, and the training they send us to that introduces us to Koch industries and teaches us how they do business mentioned Purina and the fact that Koch quickly disposes of assets it deems not profitable enough or cannot turn around to be profitable quickly enough - Purina was specifically mentioned as a failed experiment.

Apologies if this was not the correct place to put this or if I did something in the wrong way - this is literally my first Wikipedia posting. Predator42 (talk) 11:38, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Requested edit

I'd like to make a simple request for a change in the introductory paragraph of this article. Primarily, that would be removing the phrase "securities and finance" from the list of Koch business areas. The Koch website[1] lists all of the others mentioned here -- but not securities. The Koch website does mention "trading" though this relates to commodities, and in fact this is already mentioned in the paragraph. I would make the edit myself, but Koch is a client of my employer, so I'd like someone else's input. Thanks, NMS Bill (talk) 19:11, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

I changed the phrase to just "finance". Per their website "Koch Supply & Trading companies around the world trade and provide risk management services in crude oil; refined petroleum products; natural gas and gas liquids; gas, power and emissions; industrial metals; energy; and other commodities and financial instruments." Emphasis mine. Bonewah (talk) 19:21, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Suggested changes to this article

Similar to my request in late January, here are two additional suggestions for this article:

  • Change the first sentence of the second paragraph (in the intro) to say that Fred C. Koch "developed" the refining process. It currently states that he "invented" it, but this is not correct. This SEC filing can be used as a source if one is necessary.
  • Change the last sentence of the introductory section to "Koch Industries is well-known for its long-time sponsorship of free market-oriented foundations and causes." The sentence currently states that Koch Industries supports "conservative and libertarian political activities"; this is not incorrect, but it is not the most accurate way to describe Koch's giving. The company describes its goal as supporting "free-market principles"[2] and Koch's giving is specifically focused on the market, not social issues that conservative or libertarian groups may also engage.
  • Remove the section called "References”, which is apparently intended as guide to further reading; the Palast book discusses the Koch family and business for all of three pages (search "Koch" here) and does not appear to contain any original reporting; it is not a significant source of information about Koch Industries. Meanwhile, the second book does not exist at all. As the outdated listing at indicates, one was once planned, but it was never released.

I am available to discuss further, if necessary. Cheers, NMS Bill (talk) 20:50, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Sounds good to me, assuming you can find a working link for that first part. Bonewah (talk) 20:53, 18 February 2010 (UTC)
I just added one more request a moment ago, and I fixed the link (missing an "x" from "aspx"). If all good, I can make those changes. NMS Bill (talk) 20:58, 18 February 2010 (UTC)
Looks good, boldly make those changes! Bonewah (talk) 21:11, 18 February 2010 (UTC)
All done, thanks! I've also added the subhead for extant External links, which was somehow missing. And I'm sure I'll have more edits to suggest soon. Cheers, NMS Bill (talk) 21:27, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Greenpeace report

This section is problematic to me

In March 2010, Greenpeace produced a report[16] in which it stated that that Koch Industries donated nearly $48m to climate change opposition groups between 1997-2008 and, from 2005-2008, it donated $25m to groups opposed to climate change.[17][18]

I have a problem with the phrase "climate change opposition groups" is it implies that the groups in question exist solely for the purpose of opposing climate change. Just glancing at the list in question I can say that is not the case. While some of these groups are skeptical of climage change, that is certainly not their only function. In any case, I dont think Greenpeace is really a reliable source on Koch Industries' donations. Still, I can see a use for this information, so I am going to move it to the External links section. Bonewah (talk) 20:17, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

Agreed it's sloppy wording. If we reject the work of critics, the article becomes a promotional piece. --UnicornTapestry (talk) 09:20, 4 April 2010 (UTC)


At this point we have "libertarian" in several sources. One editor wishes to change it to "neoliberal" but absent a reliable source using that term about Koch, it would appear inapt. Collect (talk) 19:44, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

William F. Buckley Jr. called it "Anarcho-Totalitarianism." (Anarcho-capitalism/Anarchy+Totalitarianism) > Koch and Anarcho-Totalitarianism —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
From WFBjr called the movement of which David H. Koch was the Libertarian Party's vice-presidential candidate, with the backing of Charles G. Koch, in the 1980 presidential election with presidential candidate Ed Clark. (talk) 21:44, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
!. This page is under [WP:BLP]]. 2. The cite does not associate Koch with anarcho-anything. Therefore 3. the claim does not belong in any WP:BLP on any Koch. And 4. I can not find any original source for the Buckley "quote" in context in any case. It definitely appears in no books at all. Buckley tended to make sure all his best stuff ended up in books - but this term appears to date online from ... July 2010. Buckley is dead. I suggest that unless one finds a pre-July cite for the term, that it may well be a fraudulent quote. Not found in any National Review archives either. Collect (talk) 22:07, 16 September 2010 (UTC)
Are you calling Condé Nast Publications' The New Yorker unreliable? (talk) 05:02, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
Where the sole and only cite for a claim is in an opinion piece, and false quotes abound in the political sphere, it is reasonable to try finding any cite at all prior to July 2010. Absent such a cite, it is reasonable to question whether the words existed prior to July 2010. WP:RS does not mean we must accept wording as Gospel where no other source makes a claim. Collect (talk) 10:22, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

WP:RefDesk: "Using Google Books, I find a quote from the book The voice of reason: essays in objectivist thought, written by Ayn Rand and published in 1989, that says "A term coined by author Ernest van den Haag to describe Libertarianism captures this aspect perfectly: anarcho-totalitarianism" (page 325). Not sure why you were unable to find it. Looie496 (talk) 00:41, 17 September 2010 (UTC) " In short, the term is from van den Haag, and not Buckley. Simple? Collect (talk) 10:28, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

<od>Here is the link: Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Miscellaneous#.22Anarcho-Totalitarianism.22_source, thanx. (talk) 20:52, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Improving the history section

I'm proposing here a rewrite or partial rewrite of the section currently titled Acquisitions and related milestones; I have researched and prepared a replacement section to be titled Corporate history. The existing section is essentially copied straight out of an SEC filing from 2005 and contains a long list of acquired companies that does not add greatly to one's understanding of the company. The proposde new section covers the same ground, eliminates the mininutae, and adds many important details about how the company started and how it grew. I suggest removing the existing list now on WP:MOS and WP:PLAGIARISM grounds. A few acquisitions may be worth discussing in more detail, such as Georgia-Pacific, but they are covered by the paragraph describing Koch's expansion into new industries (in G-P's case, pulp and paper).

The sources for this new section are principally news articles from Forbes and published books written by individuals involved in Koch's history. I'll hold off making the edit directly just for now; as I've noted on this page before, Koch Industries is a client of my employer and I am very mindful of following WP:COI. Please let me know if you have any suggestions, or if you think it is ready to move into the mainspace.

One additional note: I don't have much to say about the safety awards in the final paragraph of the existing section. It clearly needs work, but I have not yet looked closely at it. Perhaps it could be combined with the existing subsequent Environmental fines section and renamed Environmental record? Just a suggestion. Thanks! NMS Bill (talk) 16:50, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Following a short discussion with a recent editor of this article, and no objections (or any comment) at the Wikipedia Help Desk (search "Replacing a section on Koch Indsutries article" once the page is archived) I am going to make the proposed edit. SpecificaIly, I will replace the bulleted list with the section I have prepared; I will combine the section on Koch's safety and environmental record to the section Environmental fines and rename it Environmental and safety record. I will continue to work on improvements to this article, so if you have any questions or comments please leave them here or on my Talk page. Cheers, NMS Bill (talk) 23:08, 25 April 2010 (UTC)

The changes look quite reasonable. Good Work.--WhalesPsuchsdichs (talk) 04:37, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Proposed update

Earlier this year, I successfully proposed some updates to the introductory paragraph and History section of this article (about which, see above). Because Koch Industries is a client of my employer, I want to be extra careful to make sure that I have consensus for changes I seek. I would now like to propose amending a section that clearly has the potential to be more contentious, the one now titled Environmental and safety record.

As written, it contains two types of information: details about state and federal recognition of Koch's efforts to protect both the environment and ensure employee safety. At present, nearly all of these appropriately have [citation needed] tags affixed. The second type of information relates to cases in which Koch has paid fines and been held accountable for various infractions. Most of this information is appropriately cited, but it's not always carefully written.

What I have done is re-organized the section so there is a brief summary of these at the top, and the two types of information are separated into two subsections. Revisions to info about favorable recognition is pretty straightforward, written from sources and I have removed what I cannot verify.

I have made fewer changes to the information about fines, but the ones I did are worth explaining carefully. In the Corpus Christi case, the current version focuses on when the charges were filed. To be more encyclopedic, I've changed the focus to the resolution of the case, which occurred the following year. My proposed replacement does omit some details about the violation, because the single charge Koch ultimately pled guilty to was about reporting, not pollution. This can be verified with the DoJ press release cited. Second, about the lawsuit over federal and Indian land, the current version includes an accusation that it amounted to "organized crime" -- an offhand statement by one of the involved parties that is verifiable but is strictly that person's opinion, and was not truly central to the case. I think what matters here is the outcome, so I have revised it to exclude claims that were not part of the record by trial's end.

To see this version of the article, please visit my Talk page at User:NMS Bill/Koch Industries/Environmental and safety record. I invite any and all to comment, so please respond with any thoughts here. If you believe this version of the section is better than what's there currently, please feel free to move it over, or let me know if you think I should do so. Thanks much. NMS Bill (talk) 21:59, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Im ok with the changes, although i think mentioning that their headquarters is energy star compliant is a bit trivial. Bonewah (talk) 21:51, 13 July 2010 (UTC)
On a level scale of "puffiness" - it is not of any great consequence. The key is that the article be balanced and accurate, which is where I hope it will certainly end up. Collect (talk) 22:54, 13 July 2010 (UTC)
Collect, I am fine with the changes you made. Thanks for reviewing and posting the new section. Cheers, NMS Bill (talk) 15:12, 15 July 2010 (UTC)


Material making contentious claims about living people must meet WP:BLP requirements. The CBS promo does not do so - it is clearly editorial in nature. Sorry. The LA Times was fine as long as you keep to the wording in that cite. Thanks. Collect (talk) 17:56, 26 August 2010 (UTC) Collect, you do not understand, this is making claims against a COMPANY, not living people. So, BLP does not apply. This citation and the lawsuit is not about the people, but about the company, KOCH INDUSTRIES. What the CBS piece is has nothing to do with it. Nice try. Myk60640 (talk) 18:50, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

And the names in it are of fake and dead people? I somehow think that where claims are made naming living people, that WP:BLP applies <g>. Collect (talk) 10:40, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Material about the brothers, ect

I have removed some material more suitable for the brothers bio. This article is about the company. --Threeafterthree (talk) 12:21, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

There is some interesting information on the four brothers in this old article from 1998. Its seems to be sourced to "International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 20." so it may be reliable. -- Petri Krohn (talk) 08:58, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
It would be nicer if there were some indication as to who wrote those articles - all I can find is "meticulously researched in the popular press" sort of stuff. As it is, it is clearly a "tertiary source" which must be very carefully avoided on WP (sigh). Can we establish specific editorial review at the time by anyone with a name of some sort? Collect (talk) 10:39, 3 September 2010 (UTC)
I have again removed material more suitable for the brother's article. At this point I have to wonder if an editor is using this page to push some type of POV agenda. Anyways, --Threeafterthree (talk) 13:47, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

Fink, executive VP

There is some mention of this VP and various ties to other organizations? Does this fall under relevant material for this article? How would other articles about companies deal with similar material/isssues. TIA --Threeafterthree (talk) 16:10, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

Koch's support of California's Proposition 23

Can someone add information about the reported million dollars Koch will spend to promote Proposition 23 in the upcoming election in California? (talk) 21:53, 21 September 2010 (UTC)l|L Touchstone

Are you talking about one or both of the brothers or koch Industries? That would make a difference it seems about where that material would belong. --Threeafterthree (talk) 15:20, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
From New York Times October 19, 2010 Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead by Kate Zernike[1]: "Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute in Washington to the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s landmark law capping greenhouse gases ..." (talk) 05:41, 25 October 2010 (UTC)
That almost seems to fit here. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 06:45, 25 October 2010 (UTC)


Rich Fink

No reason that to include redlinked person. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 18:04, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

I am not even sure this "material" is notable enough for inclusion(see two above), yet alone a red link. Anyways, --Threeafterthree (talk) 18:20, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
Just curious to know more about this person, why so jumpy to exclude redlink within minutes of "asking"? It just makes one MORE curious, or is that your motivation? (talk) 18:40, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
I removed it as a person unlikely to ever have an article before. Since (99., 209.) have insisted for weeks on adding him, I would like to know whether you know anything about him which might possibly be suitable for a stub. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 19:56, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
The IP who insists on Rich Fink is absent from the talk page - alas. Collect (talk) 16:59, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
I did some research and created a page for Richard H. Fink.MBMadmirer (talk) 17:06, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
That's helpful. It still may not belong on this page, but it is a start. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 17:13, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
I agree that it doesn't. But it might help the person who wants to add that information to have a place to park it. MBMadmirer (talk) 18:48, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── There still seems to be alot of back and forth on this. Is there a consensus for including this "material"? --Threeafterthree (talk) 03:12, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

  • Keep. It's fine (and I can see someone else reverted my revert to include it). The section is clearly marked and it seems ridiculous not to mention these organizations. -SusanLesch (talk) 03:18, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Well maybe to you, but I still don't see a consensus for including this. --Threeafterthree (talk) 03:38, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
I still don't see a reason to include the material. It looks like a WP:COATRACK to me. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 06:21, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
I brought this up before. How big of a big shot is this guy? He just got his own article. How are his outside activities/meberships related to this company and how notable are they? How do other "industry" type articles handle similar "situations" regarding company executives? Lots of questions :) --Threeafterthree (talk) 13:14, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Generally, officials of a company do not have their individual activities listed on the company article. Collect (talk) 13:59, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Hi again you guys. This "Political activity" section seems incomplete without giving a name and link to these organizations. I would say it's misleading as is. The official's name seems to be a tangent. I would be in favor of deleting the entire section back to 2005 rather than not mentioning Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Koch Family Foundations and the Mercatus Center. By the way, we had a similar disagreement over at the Tea Party movement which was resolved to everybody's satisfaction by a third party, User:Balloonman (thanks!). Would, by the way, anyone like to vote on consensus? -SusanLesch (talk) 19:26, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I tend to agree that the organizations supported by Koch Industries and its PACs should be included, provided reliable sources can be found which have accurate information. Fink shouldn't be named; even if the sentence about him were sourced and accurate, it wouldn't support inclusion. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 19:44, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Great. Would you care to do the honors, Arthur Rubin? Here's my first draft (unfortunately lacking in some details, that maybe others here can add to).
"Koch Industries is a longtime underwriter of libertarian causes and the brothers founded the political action committee Americans for Prosperity in 2004, which has worked closely with the Tea Party movement.[1] Active in the 2010 midterm elections, Koch Industries donated $5,000 to the candidacy of Republican Carly Fiorina in the California race for U.S. Senator against Democrat Barbara Boxer. The company also donated $1 million in support of California Proposition 23 which would delay the enactment of California's new law to help stop global warming (Fiorina supports this proposition).[2]
  1. ^ Zernke, Kate (October 19, 2010). "Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Freking, Kevin (Associated Press) (September 24, 2010). "Koch Industries helps sponsor Fiorina fundraiser". BusinessWeek. Bloomberg. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 

-SusanLesch (talk) 00:10, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

It seems to me that one donation is not really notable given the broader claims about Koch. MBMadmirer (talk) 02:16, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Does "one donation" refer to my first draft? If so, then I must assume you didn't read it. If not, then I have no idea what you're discussing. Could you please be specific? -SusanLesch (talk) 02:54, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Well, I was referring to the Fiorina bit. Sorry, that wasn't very clear. It is clear that the company and the brothers have given to a number of people. One report noted that they gave to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Does it make sense to list all of the donations? If not, what is the basis for picking a subset? Actually, there are a number of problems with the text. Americans for Prosperity is not a political action committee but a 501(c)(4). MBMadmirer (talk) 04:26, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
You're right. I added a summary of some of The New Yorker article. Maybe you'll be able to correct my errors! Thank you for your corrections here. -SusanLesch (talk) 04:50, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
The added material is all about the Koch brothers and the organizations they support; possibly, it could be in Koch family or Koch Family Foundations, but not in this article, without further sources. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 06:26, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
I am sure those other articles already go into painful detail about this, but try to stick to "material" that is specifically related to the article subject. --Threeafterthree (talk) 13:07, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi you guys. Neither one of the suggested articles (Koch family or Koch Family Foundations) even appears in this one. It would take a person a lot of drilling to find them. Also, the lead in this one says: "Koch Industries is also known for its sponsorship of free-market foundations and causes." So you two Wikipedia users have effectively blocked any mention of what foundations and causes this company supports. I'd say not good and that the "Political activity" section is on its way out. -SusanLesch (talk) 18:46, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
That's a really good point about Koch family and Koch Family Foundations. They should probably be in a See Also section, like they are for Charles G. Koch. I think that part of the confusion here is actually due to the actual underlying facts. I think that there is a broad confusion in the reporting about the various bits of the Koch world. The brothers give money, the foundations give money, and the company lobbies, oversees a PAC, and is involved in some issues like the ballot initiative. I think that an appropriately scoped and researched section would be appropriate and important. But being sloppy about all those distinctions doesn't help. MBMadmirer (talk) 19:52, 27 October 2010 (UTC)


The formaldehyde sentence/paragraph in the "political activity" section seems problematic on a number of levels. In particular, there's no reference, and the "large quantities" is not particularly encyclopedic. It also strikes me that there's no particular reason why this chemical is different from other ones that Koch may be involved in. Thoughts? MBMadmirer (talk) 14:24, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

I can certainly understand why Koch would want to have the statement removed from the article. — goethean 15:16, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Do you disagree with the substance of what I said? As I have disclosed on my user page, User:MBMAdmirer, my employer does have a business relationship with Koch Industries, but that that is not guiding or impacting what I am doing here. And I do indeed admire them. But I am doing my best to participate in accordance with WP:COI, WP:NPOV, among others. I believe that I am pointing to legit problems with this sentence and paragraph and raising them here for discussion. MBMadmirer (talk) 15:30, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
The latest version is a clear WP:SYN violation. I've restored what I could, but I'm not convinced the Huffington Post is reliable. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 09:12, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Could you describe exactly what you believe has been synthesized? — goethean 14:17, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
The juxtaposition of the two sentences is synthesis. Besides, the first sentence also includes that fact that Koch Industries manufactures formaldehyde. The name of the specific subsidiary and location of the specific plant seem irrelevant. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 15:43, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
It's not a synthesis, because I didn't advance a new position. The position advanced is already spelled out in the Huffington articles. — goethean 16:12, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Did we ever address the WP:RS issues with Huffington Post? I see that the reliability questions were removed from the text. These are both from the unedited section of HuffPo. One of them is a cross-post from DesMogBlog, which is almost certainly not reliable. Anyways, just wanted to swing back to this. MBMadmirer (talk) 22:23, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
I have removed this "material" sourced to a blog. Maybe if reliable sources can be posted here, that would help. --Threeafterthree (talk) 03:57, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
This DeSmogBlog? (talk) 07:05, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
It's a blog, and your comment isn't helpful in either case. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 07:16, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

NYTgoethean 21:54, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

muckracking can be a noble cause, but I am not sure this project is the right forum for it. So georgia pacific is trying to say formaldehyde is safe and gave money to whom and did what exactly? --Threeafterthree (talk) 03:02, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
I'm sorry that the article confused you. I'll write it up when I get a chance. — goethean 03:19, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, can't wait :)....--Threeafterthree (talk) 03:54, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Im not too impressed by that NYT article. I too, await a proposal for addition to this article. Bonewah (talk) 04:13, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

See also

I added a 'see also' section with Koch family and Koch Family Foundations after seeing (and concurring with) the last couple of comments in the Rich Fink section of this page. Can Threeafterthree explain their removal of the second of these links? The edit summary "rm see also, I wouldn't use this section that way" doesn't mean much to me and the link is obviously useful/relevant to people interested in Koch activities. Why wouldn't you use the section that way? It is what see also sections are for. Squiddy | (squirt ink?) 17:54, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Interested in Koch activities, they can go to the individual Kock member's page, or the family's new page or wherever. This article is still about the company. What is the relationship of the industry and the foundation? Does the industry fund the foundation? --Threeafterthree (talk) 18:34, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Restoring (again) per "Links included in the "See also" section may be useful for readers seeking to read as much about a topic as possible, including subjects only peripherally related to the one in question." in WP:SEEALSO. We already established that these two links do not otherwise appear in this article. It does nobody any good to make readers dig for information except those who would like to hide information (in which case they wouldn't be consulting Wikipedia). The brothers own more than 80% interest in Koch Industries, don't they? Sorry but I am losing my patience with your work on this article, Threeafterthree. -SusanLesch (talk) 19:35, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
It appears that you have an agenda/muckracking to insist on including/linking. Too bad. --Threeafterthree (talk) 20:07, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
I've gone through this on a number of articles, even some where I think the public would be better served by having the link. But if A links to B, and the only relevance of C to A through B, then C should not appear in the article "A". — Arthur Rubin (talk) 21:29, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
No, we don't make this a game of 'guess the right page and you get a link', we try to make it easy for people to find related material.
"Interested in Koch activities, they can go to the individual Kock member's page" indeed. You aren't setting a crossword puzzle here. Jesus. Squiddy | (squirt ink?) 22:58, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Koch Family Foundations & Philanthropy

"Koch Companies are proud supporters of Koch Family Foundations & Philanthropy" from And I'm a muckraker? I'd like an apology. -SusanLesch (talk) 02:01, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

I apologize. Muckraker/muckraking is actually not a prejorative and is actually noble, imho. I just caution that Wikepedia not be used for it. Since the company supports the KF foundation, that would be ok for inclusion. Rather than a see aslo, maybe it could be worked into the article. Anyways, I will not edit/revert any Koch related articles going forward but will defer to others. --Threeafterthree (talk) 02:13, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Actually, are they supported by the company? I think that Charles G. Koch supports the Charles G. Koch Foundation, David H. Koch supports the David H. Koch Foundation, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation is based off of Fred C. Koch's money. The point is that there is clear evidence that these are tied to Charles and David Koch who control the company, but I am not aware of any evidence that suggests money goes from the company to the foundations. MBMadmirer (talk) 02:32, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Threeafterthree, my apologies! I didn't know that muckraking is "truthful". Thank you for explaining that. -SusanLesch (talk) 03:04, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

"Fatal Texas Accident"

This section has no secondary sourcing. A fourteen-year-old accident that killed two people isn't remotely notable. Every business the size of Koch has several of those a year: you could bury Union Pacific, for example, with hundreds of incidents if we were to agree to use NTSB reports and other PRIMARY reports as sourcing, with dozens of subsections for individual states. The editor's original research in relying upon a primary source is inappropriate, and violates WP:NOR and WP:UNDUE. THF (talk) 11:38, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

In the piece KI does take blame in Court. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:12, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Cleaning up the subsidiaries

I was looking over the page and noticed that there were some errors in the way that subsidiaries are described. These include:

  • There is no more Koch Petroleum Group. That was renamed to Flint Hills in 2002. I would suggest removing Koch Petroleum Group in the lede.
  • Koch Engineering. This clearly existed at one point. Charles G. Koch was the VP of it in the 60s. But I don't see any evidence that it actually exists now. Is there any objection to deleting that?
  • Koch Fertilizer. In the Koch Industries#Subsidiaries section, the last item mentions part ownership of some fertilizer facilities. It seems like it would make sense to contextualize that by pointing out that there's an overall fertilizer subsidiary described here and here
  • Also in the subsidiaries section, it looks like there is not a Belgian plant that is part owned, just that there's an agreement, based on this quote "long-term product agreement with a plant in Geel, Belgium" from this page.

None of these seem at all controversial. Would anyone have an issues with this clean-up? MBMadmirer (talk) 15:31, 15 December 2010 (UTC)

Nothing controversial and no objections. Dylan Flaherty 19:45, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
I have done the first two because they are super, super minor. I'll probably hit the other two in the next 24 hours if I don't get any other feedback. MBMadmirer (talk) 20:55, 15 December 2010 (UTC)