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John Jay College rejects philanthropic “helping hand”from Koch Brothers



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The president of City University of New York’s John Jay College announced they will no longer solicit donations or accept any help from the Koch Brothers, after activist faculty have decried the Koch brother’s politically conservative and libertarian advocacy.

20 activist faculty at John Jay formed a group called “Koch Concerns Coalition”, the NY Post reported.

John Jay University had maintained a positive. relationship with the Koch Brothers in the past. In 2016 a university donation pamphlet listed both the Charles Koch Foundation, as giving between $50,000 and $100,000, in addition to the nonprofit Charles Koch Institute, listed as contributing between $10,000 and $25,000. Mark Holden, the Koch Industries general counsel called the president of John Jay university Karol Mason “his friend”, at the “Smart on Crime” conference held at John Jay Hall a few years ago.

Charles and David Koch, who control Koch industries, the second largest privately held company in the United States, have long been ideological enemies to those on the political left. For decades the Koch brothers have advocated and financially contributed towards free market leaning politicians, think tanks and other groups. The Koch brothers have contributed to 34 political and policy organizations in total. They have become political “bogeyman” to those opposing their economic ideals.

Ironically, they have long advocated for more libertarian leaning Republican politicians who are more socially liberal on issues such as abortion, gay marriage and have been advocates of criminal justice reform. The “Smart on Crime” conference which was held at John Jay, brought together political think tanks of both the left and the right to discuss the “overcriminalization” of Americans and such issues as mass incarceration of minorities, “victimless crimes” and reforming drug laws.

The Anti-Koch movement reaches far beyond John Jay College.  A nationwide non-profit called “Un-Koch my campus” helps activist students and faculty at universities start campaigns aimed at rejecting any philanthropic assistance from the Koch Brothers non-profit groups and foundations directed towards their university.

The decision to reject any charitable money from the Koch Brothers comes at a time where CUNY schools have serious financial problems. The NY Times reported in 2016 that many CUNY campus suffer from technical problems with elevators, escalators and copy machines that are frequently out of order.  Computers and other equipment often do not work in classrooms and wi-fi signals barely function.  Also reported were  college library budgets being slashed , class sizes  drastically increasing , and the hiring of professors slowing down.  The Times reported that a class on cardiac rehabilitation, lacked essential materials such as inhalers and carbon dioxide masks



  1. Charles Elliott

    01/16/2018 at 1:00 pm

    The next step is to reject applicants who express conservative views.

    Everyone must conform to the liberal orthodoxy. Sieg

  2. Hank

    01/16/2018 at 1:33 pm

    How embarrassing for John Jay faculty. LOL

  3. Robin Rosenblatt

    01/16/2018 at 6:13 pm

    Shalom Charles and David Koch, You can help with this. Very few are so I need your help.

    Do you support forest fires and flash floods in Israel? Do you want Arabs to attack our ranches and mutilate our cattle; cut their noses off, their ears, and their lips and cutout their eyes? Do you support Arabs stealing our land? Do you want Israeli ranches and farmers going out of business and losing their land? Do you want poor people not to be able to buy meat once a week for Shabbat to feed their children? Do you want pregnant women giving birth to babies with major disabilities due to poor nutrition?

    If not then help the Israel Longhorn Project at

    To do this we need 12 of you to donate $50,000 each or 600 of you to donate $1000 or 6000 of you to donate $100.

    Thank you for your Courage and moral strength.

    Donation Button: PayPal:
    Robin Rosenblatt, M.Sc. Animal Science, former Israeli Soldier and past Anti Terrorist Agent
    The Israel Longhorn Project
    Nonprofit 501(c) 3 #74-3177354
    7777 Bodega Ave. S – 107
    Sebastopol, CA 95472
    Tele: 650.631.9270 / cell: 650.339.0269
    [email protected]

    Forest Fires in Israel Will Only Get Worse in Coming Years, Experts Warn, ‘Winter is beginning later, and the months of November and December have become very dry, with strong winds,’ Hanoch Tzoref of JNF says. Nir Hasson Nov 30, 2016 Haaretz Newsread.

  4. Connor Gibson

    01/16/2018 at 9:06 pm

    Your comparison at the is very misleading. Koch’s grant was never going to pay for elevators, WiFi, or libraries. That’s not what they do with their university “philanthropy.”

    Koch pays to narrow the field of study within the “free markets” anti-tax anti-regulation politics they prefer, by incentivizing professors to research and teach classes using those perspectives. Where do you draw the line, once donors are allowed to privatize departments and then employ them for political gain? I’ve written about specific examples here:

    I’m affiliated with UnKoch My Campus! You should check out their concerns in detail here, lest this issue be reduced to Left vs. Right reactionary nonsense.

    I don’t feel that you took the time to read the concerns of faculty here. Did you call any of the concerned professors?

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