Charles and David Koch have seen their backing for the Republican Party in the U.S. demonized in recent years as liberal political activists have looked to strike fear into the hearts of the population by failing to provide a true sense of why the brothers are playing a major role with the GOP. Charles Koch has played a major role in U.S. politics and philanthropy for many years; the interests of the Wichita, Kansas based business leader who is ranked as the joint fifth wealthiest person in the U.S. alongside his brother David are varied, and take in the backing of more than just political causes.
One of the main charges that has been laid at the feet of Charles and David Koch is that they promote the ideals that back only their own interests as business leaders, but the facts do not back up these charges as they have come out against policies that would aid their business options. Charles Koch has often fought against tax breaks he believes are unfair despite the fact they may ease the tax burden on both himself and the companies he heads.
Many within the U.S. media and liberal political parties have questioned why Charles Koch plays such as major role within the politics of the country, but his work in politics stretches back a number of decades. In terms of the GOP, the backing of President George W. Bush from 2003 onwards marks the start of major campaign funding for Charles and David Koch; hundreds of other wealthy conservative and Democrat donors also took advantage of campaign funding changes to make sure their political views were backed by the candidates of their choice.