The Koch Brothers’ father, Fred Koch, made the first nut of the family wealth, working for Stalin, building refineries in the 1920s and 30s.
And with that wealth he came back and really started what would become Koch Industries today.
Fred Koch co-founded the John Birch Society which was a very extremist, racist, anti-Communist organization but it was also primarily interested in promoting the idea of Free Markets and battling Communism.
Charles and David Koch have carried that on into the second generation. They really took what their father did, and expanded on it, and streamlined it, and made it much more effective and nuanced, so that it’s actually very difficult to see exactly how they’re influencing politics.
Their prime concern is to move the Republican Party as far Right as possible…that’s what they’ve been doing for two generations.