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America’s mega-rich conservative Koch brothers hold a private political money round-up. We look again at money politics.

Left to right: Charles Koch, David Koch (
Left to right: Charles Koch, David Koch (

Agenda-driven money is all over American politics now, and everybody complains.

Conservatives howl about George Soros’s money. Budget cutters complain about unions. Republicans say President Obama will raise a billion dollars for his re-election campaign, even as their candidates grab for cash.

But for private money influence, it’s hard to top the ultra-conservative Koch Brothers, David and Charles. Oil men.  Chemical industry. Libertarians. They're moving millions and millions into shaping America’s future.

We look at the Koch brothers’ money — and America’s future.
-Tom Ashbrook

Kathleen Hennessey and Tom Hamburger, reporters for the Los Angeles Times. Read their feature article "Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power."

This program aired on February 8, 2011.