George Mason University Becomes Koch Favorite

While the Koch brothers have supported a number of different charities, and universities over the years, one university is quickly becoming a favorite for them; George Mason University.

George Mason University is a private school located a short distance from Washington D.C and is considered to be particularly strong in areas such as law and economics. While there have been a significant number of successful alumni from George Mason University the school is not thought of as a conservative school. This is important because Charles Koch is thought of particularly in accordance with their donations to conservative causes.

The Koch brothers, David and Charles, are multi billionaires who are the majority owners of Koch Industries which earns close to $120 billion per year in revenue. Koch industries is a diversified conglomerate but is centered in the energy industry. The Koch brothers are well known for contributing significant amounts of money to conservative republican political groups. Many of the causes Charles Koch supports are concerned with the expanse of government and are interested in promoting individual growth and development for the good of themselves, as well as for society at large.

Their beliefs and the basic profile of George Mason University as an educational center for higher education is not inconsistent with their belief system. What is inconsistent about the donations to George Mason University is the amount of the donations to this one university.

As an example of the move towards George Mason University if you view the schools that received money from the Koch brothers in recent years, George Mason University emerges as number one with close to $50 million received during the time of 2011 to 2014. No other school received more than $1 million in each year during the time period stated. Since neither Koch brother is an alumni of the school there is little to explain why George Mason University received so much to the school.

The school has recently received a $10 million contribution from the Koch Foundation, along with $20 million from an unnamed donor, in order to rename their law school after the recently deceased conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. While this donation is set aside for the law school, no other gift from Koch had other stipulations assigned to it.

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