Like It or Not, Here’s How You’re Lining the Koch Brothers’ Pockets

When billionaires take an interest in politics, ‘The Nightly Show’ reveals, it’s pretty tough not to support their worldview one way or another.
Jan 29, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

Whether you know it or not, you may be making a political contribution every time you buy new yoga pants, a jumbo pack of toilet paper, or a Valentine’s Day card for your honey.

Regardless of how you vote, American politics has undergone a major shift since the Citizens United decision, and The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore points out that a slew of industries have made the Koch brothers billionaires—they’re worth more than $41 billion each—and you might be contributing to that because their holdings are so vast. David and Charles Koch have announced plans to spend $889 million for the 2016 elections to support candidates who back their beliefs, which lean Republican.

But beyond all the consumer stuff, such as paper products and Wilmore’s favorite unitard material, Lycra, the Koch brothers make their real money on oil—Koch Industries began as an oil-refining company, and that’s a commodity most Americans support one way or another.