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#1229584 - Fri Aug 23 2019 02:40 PM David Koch, Billionaire, high-profile Republican donor and Philanthropist, Dead at 79
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David Koch, the billionaire former executive Vice President of Koch Industries who, along with his brother, was one of the most prolific and controversial GOP donors in politics, has died, his family confirmed Friday morning. He was 79.
Koch's death was officially announced by his older brother, Charles Koch.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother, David," Koch said in a news release. "Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life.”

Charles said David Koch's death came 27 years after he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. At the time, doctors told him he likely only had a few years left to live.
“David liked to say that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art medications and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay," Charles said in the statement. "We can all be grateful that it did, because he was able to touch so many more lives as a result."

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Koch was reportedly worth about $59 billion, making him -- along with his equally wealthy brother -- one of the richest people in the world. David also has two other brothers, Frederick and William, who are not involved in Koch Industries.

The Koch brothers, known for their apolitical philanthropy as well as their more contentious standing as GOP power players, had drawn the ire of President Trump after snubbing his bid for the White House in 2016.

Shortly after the election, Charles took aim at the administration’s immigration and “protectionist” trade policies, announcing that the Kochs' advocacy groups would move to distance themselves from the Republican Party and instead pursue policies with bipartisan support.

The Koch brothers announced earlier this year that they would not support Trump’s 2020 re-election bid.

The duo has been highly critical of Republicans in recent months, slamming the GOP for not doing enough to curb government spending in the $1.3 trillion spending bill adopted in March. They have specifically criticized the White House over Trump’s trade policies, which they fear could trigger a U.S. recession in addition to a looming international trade war.

David Koch was known more for his philanthropic giving, while Charles was more outspoken in politics.
“The significance of David’s generosity is best captured in the words of Adam Smith, who wrote, ‘to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature,’” Charles wrote.

David leaves behind his wife, Julia Flesher, and their three children.

Charles added: “He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.”

In recent years, I've come to see the Koch brothers as less conservative and more Establishment/Globalist.

But it can't be denied that the Koch brothers have also contributed to a lot of non-political benevolent charities that undeniably have helped a lot of people. And even some liberal/Democrat charities.

Even for a billionaire, every day is a gift, and all their billions can't give them another day of life.

#1229623 - Mon Aug 26 2019 01:09 PM Re: David Koch, Billionaire, high-profile Republican donor and Philanthropist, Dead at 79 [Re: Wonder Boy]
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HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that he is “glad” billionaire conservative activist David Koch is dead, adding, that he hopes “the end was painful.”

“Yesterday, David Koch, of the zillionaire Koch brothers, died of prostate cancer. I guess I’m going to have to reevaluate my low opinion of prostate cancer,” Maher said, drawing laughter during his show, “Real Time.” “He was 79, but his family says they wish he could live longer, but at least he lived long enough to see the Amazon catch fire.”

"Condolences poured in from all the politicians he owned, and mourners have been asked in lieu of flowers to just leave their car engines running," he said, pausing to applause. "As for his remains, he’s been asked to be cremated and have his ashes blown into a child’s lungs," Maher quipped.

Koch, who, along with his older brother, was a formidable conservative activist and donor, died Friday morning at age 79 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer more than two decades ago.

“He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers for decades, so f--- him. The Amazon is burning up. I’m glad he’s dead, and I hope the end was painful,” Maher said.

The Koches are best known for their polarizing influence over American politics. They have been known largely for their massive political contributions to Republican candidates and libertarian-leaning causes. Koch and his brother Charles poured millions into organizations and causes to stop mobilization around climate change and environmental research and legislation as well as public transit initiatives.

The Koch network has lent a hand to many Washington figures, including to Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). In the 2016 election cycle alone, it spent nearly $900 million, almost matching what the entire Republican Party spent on candidates that year, according to The Washington Post.

I might be shocked if, y'know, liberals didn't express this kind of truly evil venom pretty much every time a conservative dies. And for many while they are still alive. I think the one that angered me the most was when Tony Snow died over a decade ago. Snow was a cheerful and nice guy, who was well liked by everyone who knew him, hated by Dems just because he hosted Fox News Sunday, and then became W. Bush's White House spokesperson.

Similar things were said when Reagan died.
And Margaret Thatcher.

Female comedian Wanda Sykes wished Rush Limbaugh would die of kidney failure.

Reporter Nena Totenberg on PBS wished Cheney and/or members of his family would die of AIDS.

Under the guise of humor, and often not even, the left unleashes a level of hatred it's difficult for the rest of us to even fathom.

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