The company of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch has hired Republican firm Shockey Scofield Solutions to kill any effort to tax emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, which contributes to global warming.
Their Koch Industries -- America's second largest privately held company after Cargill -- is a major refiner/distributor of petroleum and chemicals.
On behalf of Koch Companies Public Sector LLC, SSS is lining up support for Congressional Resolution 24 that expresses "the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the U.S. economy."
It claims a carbon tax would increase the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas and home heating oil; fall hardest on the poor, elderly and those with fixed incomes; hamper American ingenuity; burden specific industries and geographical regions, and hinder global competitiveness.
Introduced by Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise, the resolution has influential conservative GOP co-sponsors like Michele Bachmann (MN), Louie Gohmert (TX), Bill Huizenga (MI), Steve King (IA) and Jason Chaffetz (UT).
Jeff Shockey (ex-GOP staff director on the House Appropriations Committee), John Scofield (ex-press secretary to New Jersey Republican Congress Frank LoBiondo) and Mike Ference (former strategic development director to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor) lead the charge for the Koch brothers.
KCPS spent $5.8M in first-half lobbying fees.
SSC joins Koch’s lobby shop roster that include Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Hunton & Williams, MWR Strategies, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, Cyprus Advocacy, Palmetto Group and SIFF & Assocs.