The Koch brothers, who have caught a lot of political heat for years for funding conservative causes, are making headlines now for projecting a more progressive public image.
Emporia State University is naming a new facility the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics, The Associated Press reports. An initial grant of $750,000 from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Industries Inc. and three Koch employees who are Emporia State graduates made the center possible.
The facility’s mission is to explore principled entrepreneurship for a free society and apply market principles to management.
The Wichita-based Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation announced earlier this month that they are giving a $25 million grant to the United Negro College Fund. Of the money, $18.5 million will go to almost 3,000 merit-based scholarships for African-American students, and $6.5 million will assist historically black colleges and universities in addition to the United Negro College Fund.
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It would be difficult for liberals to find a way to criticize the Koch brothers for such philanthropy.