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Progress Texas Plans to Expose You to the Koch Brothers

By Richard Whittaker, December 2, 2012, 11:59pm, Newsdesk

After hearing so much about the infamous Koch Brothers across election season, you may still be wondering: Exactly who are this billionaire duo, and exactly how did they start buying and selling democracy?

Tonight, Dec. 2, Progress Texas will be hosting a special screening Koch Brothers Exposed. That's the latest work by documentarian/provocateur Robert Greenwald, who has previously targeted war profiteering (Iraq for Sale), Rupert Murdoch's media empire (Outfoxed) and the impact of big box stores Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price).

Even their fiercest enemies have to admit that the Koch Brothers have been geniuses at going state-by-state to inflict their anti-worker, anti-regulation, anti-democratic agenda. Without their cash, catspaw organizations like Americans for Prosperity would just be fringe letter-writing campaigns: Instead, they're fringe groups with ranking Republicans like Attorney General Greg Abbott on speed dial. So, to tie the night to state politics, the screening will be followed by a special discussion between Progress Texas Political Director Phillip Martin, Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, and, yes, yours truly, representing the media.

Koch Brothers Exposed screens at 6.30pm, Dec. 2, at Alamo South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar. Admission is free for sustaining members of Progress Texas: Tickets for non-sustaining members are $20, but that includes $10 credit toward food and drink.

More details at Tickets available now via the Alamo Drafthouse.

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