GUEST: Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at TheWeek.com. His work has appeared in the Washington Monthly, The New Republic, and the Washington Post. His recent article is entitled, "The terrifying legacy of David Koch."
BACKGROUND: David Koch, one of the two billionaire Koch brothers who left an indelible mark on politics, has died. The 79-year old, together with his brother Charles funded a vast network of ultra-conservative, pro-business, efforts and helped the rise of the Tea Party movement which in turn pushed the Republican Party to the far right.
According to some estimates, the Koch brothers spent at least $100 million on far-right political movements since the 1970s.
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