Charles Koch, the billionaire businessman who is currently operating as the chief executive officer of his family owned company, Koch Industries, has recently gained media attention for his extremely generous donation to law department of George Mason University. The donation is not unusual as the executive typically makes a donation to the university annually. Charles Koch is a member of the board of directors of the universities legal think tank and, as such, has a slightly vested interest in the maintenance of the program. It is for this reason that the donation has raised concerns, specifically among liberal media outlets.
Charles Koch and the leaders of George Mason University have completely decimated any theories introduced by left leaning reporters and students that assert the opinion that the contributions given to the school by Koch come with strings attached. Apparently, suggestions that Koch is given priority in creating and implementing academic programs in favor of his own political views have been circulating in the wake of his recent donation to the university. Skeptics view donations like these from Koch or any other political leader as flagrant attempts by wealth individuals to influence the American higher educational system by using unfair advantages allotted to them.
Koch, however, refutes these claims. In response to the accusations thrust in his direction in light of his recent contributions, Koch released a statement which relayed his disappointment that such allegations would be made regarding his gift to a University that is extremely valuable to him. Koch openly admits that he has a close relationship with the University, but also informs readers that his contributions in no way obligate the university to implement any standards or procedures that they would not normally develop. Koch also reminds readers that George Mason University is a historically conservative university, which has deep and lasting roots in the republican agenda. His support of the school comes partly because the school is a strong proponent of the ideals and values that Charles Koch holds so dear. Additionally, Koch discussed the reputation of the university for influencing policy in Washington and credits it’s innovative curriculum and long standing traditions as key factors in the school’s ability to successfully implement core conservative issues into the forefront of Washington politics.