The chart above and the article from which it comes pops up from time to time on this forum so it should be noted that the data it contains does not
support the claim that, I'll paraphrase, the Koch Brothers are not among the biggest political contributors in the country, if not the biggest, and are not polluting the election.
There is some information in the Gateway Pundit article by Jeff Hoft that has been omitted, and connections made where there are none. First, the article references the Koch's 501(c)(4) organization, Americans for Prosperity, and alleged attempts by congressional Democrats to have the IRS "crack down" on them and other conservative organizations. While this is indeed where most of the Koch money flows, the article spends no further time discussing it.
Instead, the article then includes a list of organizations from an OpenSecrets survey whose employees and members have made individual political contributions, ranking the employees of Koch Industries 59th, behind the members of 18 unions who have contributed to Democratic candidates and causes. These are individual donations of $2700.00 or less per employee, the current legal limit. Note that it is Koch Industries that is listed, not Americans for Prosperity.
I will emphasize here that these are donations from the employees and members
of these organizations, and they are supporting Democrats primarily. The article also excluded the employees of the remaining 40 organizations that are not unions, the majority of whom also support Democratic candidates and causes.
Note also that Hoft draws no line from Americans For Prosperity to the list of contributors from OpenSecrets other than having simply mentioned them at the top of the article. OpenSecrets on the other hand emphasizes the fact that the list does not include contributions to 501(c) organizations, such as Americans For Prosperity, because, "Unlike other political organizations, they are not required to disclose the corporate and individual donors that make their spending possible."
Currently, OpenSecrets has Koch Industries ranked 48th, not 59th, and that is for all election cycles from 2002 to 2014. If you look at each individual cycle, Koch Industries doesn't appear until 2014, where they are ranked 14th.
So, when we look at all of the omitted information and all of the data provided in the links, we see that the claim that it proves Koch's are not among the biggest contributors, if not the biggest, and are not polluting the democratic process, is false. The article is simply ignoring the bulk of what the Koch Brothers have pledged to invest in their political agenda, which has been widely reported to be just shy of $900 Million this cycle.
This is the link to the source material, also found in the article from Gateway Pundit: http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php?cycle=ALL
The Gateway Pundit article attempts to show that the Koch Brothers are not as financially involved in politics as some would lead you to believe, and not nearly as much as, say, labor unions.
To do so, the article lists only individual donations made by Koch Industry employees, and not donations made through Americans For Prosperity or other 501(c) organizations. It is through these organizations that most of the Koch money is funneled.
The article also ignores the Koch Brother's pledge to contribute nearly $900 Million in this election cycle.
The information omitted and ignored by the author refute the claim he's trying to make.