The Koch Brothers give millions of dollars to colleges and student groups.

If students who have been brainwashed by Democrats don’t want their money, the Kochs should comply and cut them all off without another cent.

Kaitlin Mulhere of Inside Higher Ed reports.

‘UnKoch My Campus’

Students on nearly 30 campuses around the country called for a separation of college and corporation in protests Monday. Although the events highlighted financial influence from the Koch brothers, organizers said the campaign is a response to a broader trend of corporate influence.

The idea was spearheaded by students at Florida State University, where past criticisms over the university’s relationship with the Charles Koch Foundation are now intertwined with criticism of choice of a politician without an academic background for university president.

Outside of Florida, students at colleges from Michigan to Virginia also took steps Monday against their respective colleges’ relationship with the Koch brothers.

Libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch have been funneling millions of dollars to universities for several years, generally paying for the hiring of new faculty members and supporting economic centers that focus on capitalism and free enterprise. Critics say that some of the arrangement go beyond philanthropy to influencing curricular or hiring choices in inappropriate ways that colleges should reject.

Groups affiliated with the Koch brothers foundations have repeatedly denied that financial support of colleges infringes on academic freedom and did so when asked for a comment on Monday’s campaign.

“Academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas are cornerstones of our philanthropy,” said John Hardin, a program officer with the Charles Koch Foundation, in an email. “When we support a school’s initiative, it is to expand opportunity and increase the diversity of ideas available on campus.”

A recently launched “UnKoch My Campus” campaign helped advertise for Monday’s events, which aimed to raise awareness on campuses that receive money tied to the Koch brothers and to unite already-existing protests on individual campuses.

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'UnKoch My Campus' (Inside Higher Ed)