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  • UnKoch My Campus: Opposing Billionaires' Efforts to Infiltrate Higher Education

    By Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout | Report

    David Koch speaks at the 2015 Defending the American Dream Summit in Columbus, Ohio, on August 21, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)David Koch speaks at the 2015 Defending the American Dream Summit in Columbus, Ohio, on August 21, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    Students and faculty across campuses in the US are mobilizing to oppose the influence of Charles and David Koch. The billionaire brothers have been using their money to actively interfere with academic governance, faculty autonomy and course content at cash-strapped public and private institutions.

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