Charles Koch Continues to Bankroll the Tucker Carlson-Founded Daily Caller (Sludge)
Two of Charles Koch’s foundations gave the Daily Caller News Foundation nearly $1 million in 2017, close to 40 percent of its annual revenue.
According to a tax form recently made public, the Daily Caller News Foundation, which pays for much of the content published on the right-wing Daily Caller website, got 38 percent of its 2017 revenue from two foundations of one of America’s richest men, Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch.
Koch, who is worth $51 billion, has crafted a public image of a libertarian business executive opposed to the anti-immigrant and isolationist trade policies of President Donald Trump. After Sludge’s previous report on the Charles Koch Foundation’s (CKF) and the Charles Koch Institute’s funding of far-right, pro-Trump media outlets, Washington Post opinion writer Radley Balko spoke with three upper-level CKF officials who said that “they personally and the Kochs and their foundations more generally find the Daily Caller abhorrent, and feel the same way about Tucker Carlson.”
Balko, an alumnus of Reason and the Cato Institute, both of which receive Koch funding, thinks the Koch Foundation should “set a clear line of demarcation between libertarians and Republicans, and Trump Republicans in particular.” The CKF officials agreed and said the Koch affiliation with Daily Caller “looks bad.”