Koch Industries calls for end to partisan politics

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Koch Industries Calls For an End to Partisan Politics


When you think of Koch Industries, you probably think of their dozens of products or the millions of corporate dollars spent for GOP candidates. But now the company is hoping to change your mind.

"We believe it's time. Time to remove the barriers, to end the divide. To replace winner-take-all with a system where we all can win," a narrator said.

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That video is part of a campaign called "End the Divide." It was launched by the company on Friday and calls for Americans to put aside partisan politics. The campaign also vows the company will be putting more money and effort into enacting public policy and social change.

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Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo, David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are to speak at gathering hosted by the conservative political donors Charles and David Koch. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS)
EXCLUSIVE. Julia and David Koch, and their son host a party taking place at their home for the Charles Evans PCF Pro-AM TOUR 2012 Hamptons Tournament, benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation, in Southhampton, NY on August 18, 2012. The reclusive David Koch has a net worth of $25 billion. He is thought to have bankrolled the tea party, a connection however which he is evasive about. Strongly anti-Obama, he and his brother Charles have poured an estimated $400,000 million into the 2012 campaign. Photo by Art Seitz / ABACAUSA.COM
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS HEADSHOT)
U.S. businessman and philanthropist David H. Koch is seen with an unidentifed guest as he arrives for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan, New York May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Chairman of the board of Americans for Prosperity David Koch speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
David H. Koch is photographed during a "turning of the soil" ceremony on the future site of The David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in New York. Koch has given $150 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His donation will help build a $1.3 billion, 23-story outpatient cancer center in Manhattan. It's expected to serve about 1,300 patients daily. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch, left, listens as Amway Founder Rich DeVos addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. DeVos was presented with the George Washington Award.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Koch Industries executive VP David Koch speaks at the CANCER: The Emperor of All Maladies Television Launch Event hosted by Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and WETA at Remi on June 11(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision for Stand Up 2 Cancer/AP Images)
David Koch, Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, Inc., attends The Economic Club of New York, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends a meeting of the Economic Club of New York, Monday, April 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
David Koch, left, executive vice president of Koch Industries, and Susie Gharib, an anchor with the Nightly Business Report, attend a meeting of the Economic Club of New York, Monday, April 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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Charles Koch told USA Today: "Let's stop attacking people we disagree with and trying to silence them. Let's instead try to find common ground and learn from each other so we can innovate."

The campaign hits on issues like how the criminal justice system is "rigged" and disproportionately impacts the poor, and how government regulation hinders business growth.

Though the campaign may seem to be a strange fit for the conservative billionaires, the shift has been coming for a little while.

Koch officials recently got rid of an oppo-research unit created to gather information about liberal groups and Democratic candidates.

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And the Kochs have been arguing for criminal justice reform for years, secretly pumping millions into campaigns to fix the system and teaming up with members of the right and the left who think it's broken.

Though critics are sure to say this is all a business strategy, the company has already made changes to its own policies to reflect the campaign. For instance, it's stopped asking potential employees about their criminal history on applications.

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