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-- -- probably had never heard of the Coke Brothers but suddenly they're making a lot of headlines it's not just because.
There among the wealthiest industrialists in the country they are blamed or credited depending on your point of view.
For funding and empowering -- to hold Tea Party movement and conservative governors like governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin -- were taken on units but the Coke Brothers say.
They've been supporting free markets and limited government for over thirty years so there's nothing new for them.
So who are these folks let's ask their spokesperson Nancy -- our Nancy great to see you thanks for coming -- You thank you so much for having me our pleasure so who are big Brothers coax.
And by the way spelled KO CH but it's for now like to drink Coke.
Out -- how to how did they get their money how much money did they have -- center.
Well basically there are phenomenal American success story on their father it's a family on business their fathers started -- Back when Charles -- the company -- in 1961 actors father's dad.
Company's ground about 2500 falls which is 33 times a -- -- Yes and 500 they employ 50000 Americans across about 46 states -- -- -- from small towns to big cities.
In largely manufacturing.
And they've done this because David and Charles -- -- on most -- -- company every invested about 90% of their earnings.
Back into that company and I always get.
-- it is a private but by the way it is a private company according did to -- it ranks.
As the second largest privately held company in the US and they are worth I don't know if you want to put a number arrived but I've heard anywhere from.
Ten to twenty to thirty billion dollars is -- any work clothes.
Time the last thing I stop of course it's privately held but the last time -- side it was closer to twenty billion.
Her brother but that the company itself is that is usually valued at about ninety Delhi and and again -- while the country has been -- hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs.
They had -- creating -- and and keeping manufacturing jobs in this country okay and that's why they've felt compelled us.
Eke out so Nancy let's get to the crux of the issue because good -- left wing is screaming particularly after this phony phone call that.
To the governor of Wisconsin.
Where a guy pretended to be one of the Coke Brothers who and they had supported the governor was -- run for.
For office but because of baton and because of other things they say that -- Coke Brothers are the George Soros uses of the right how -- they responded that.
Alone have first thought we support -- -- right to participate in the political process.
On buddy it is very interesting to me that you can -- someone -- you know participate ten and and actually stood in.
It starts and a fraudulent call.
And somehow pretends to be David Coke and that.
It comes as an excuse to -- -- the company they have been very supported of Governor Walker as they had been at other governors -- are facing.
Just that unbelievable fiscal crises that are are you know unfortunately.
Have metastasized across the country and satellite are states but neither Charles or -- -- has ever even next Governor Walker which is pretty -- as.
When the governor stayed on the phone with someone who is clearly not David -- Yeah -- about it and it was it was kind of a side issue but they have spent.
Tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars over the years over -- long thirty year period supporting.
These institutions that that support the free market in free market causes correct.
Absolutely cannot apologetic -- and very publicly that's what's so surprising to -- invested and around them for years and years you've got you know David is on the board at the Cato Institute.
If you just got to the cup facts.
Web -- you can see books that Charles has written and that they have been devoted to advocating free market solutions.
The public policy for forty years because history -- -- That's what works regardless of the country those are the things that help the most people what you're looking at environmental.
Quality right -- economic quality of.
-- -- question here is Nancy in this this is where the similarity with with source -- suggested.
That day -- even though they just wrote a piece against crony capitalism -- Wall Street Journal that they may be pushing some of their business interest.
In these causes that they support and one thing -- particulars mention that there is in Wisconsin senate bill number eleven.
Which would allow the state of Wisconsin to sell or contract out management -- -- don't heating cooling and power plants which may somehow.
Benefits and one at one or more Coke industries.
What -- what do they say about that.
And they weren't very direct about that instead it it absolutely was not the case they had not -- they were not even entertaining the notion.
-- that was that perfect example of something that.
Was put forward with no evidence whatsoever they never lobbied on -- -- they'd never -- had any conversation about it with the governor's office.
And yet it was just thrown out there and repeated enough that it took on some kind of you know credence -- that it certainly did not.
Did not deserve and I have to tell you I ran the DC office for world.
For Coke industries for five years I took that job because I knew I would never be asked to -- For any special.
That they do not admit -- like special boutique fuels or the auto bail out or increase tariffs on domestic products that would benefit that.
They do not advocating that because it's not good for this country it's not good for their workers.
You got to leave it at that Nancy followed Howard Nancy thank you very much for being here appreciate coming up on day.
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