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Investigation looks at Koch donations to universities

The nonprofit Center for Public Integrity has released an investigation into contributions billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have  made to institutions of higher education.

A Koch spokesman explained the goal is to prepare bright, libertarian-leaning students to one day occupy the halls of political power, according to the article "Koch brothers' higher-ed investments advance political goals" published today.

During 2013, two of Charles Koch's charitable foundations gave a combined $19.3 million to 210 college campuses in 46 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings.

More than 20 universities received more than $40,000 from the Koch-connected charitable network, including Oklahoma State University, which was given $69,000, the analysis shows.

OSU's Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise offers the Koch Internship Program and the Koch Summer Fellow Program.

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K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›