But it's because of their political activity that the brothers Koch have recently gained notoriety. Together, they're probably the nation's biggest political donors. Nobody else -- not George Soros, not Bill Gates, not even Sheldon Adelson -- comes close. And their influence is everywhere. They're major funders of two conservative think tanks, the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute. They've created pseudo-scientific research centers on many college campuses, like the Mercatus Center of George Mason University. They're the sugar daddies behind two powerful political organizations, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity -- which is currently running anti-Obama TV ads in 10 states. They were the money bags behind the tea party. They put up the funds to oppose new mining safety regulations in West Virginia, overturn tough mileage standards in California, and elect Scott Walker in Wisconsin. And, by my count, they're principal sources of funding for at least 57 conservative political action groups. Koch brothers driving anti-Obama hate machine - chicagotribune.com If I could outline the book briefly, there are three main topics: There are lots of nasty things said about Barack Obama that arent true The Koch brothers organized and paid for the Tea Party The media no longer report facts, but rebroadcast what newsmakers say. Book review: The Obama Hate Machine | Obama Conspiracy Theories The OHM -- led by a wide-ranging collection of conservative media outfits, right-wing bloggers, and GOP partisans -- has already effectively undermined Obama's presidency by propagating lies about his administration's major accomplishments. It tarred Obama's health care reform initiative by falsely claiming it would establish "death panels." It pushed the falsehood that his $787 stimulus package created no new jobs. (The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that legislation created or saved up to 3.5 million jobs.) And don't forget the birthers, who are still yapping that Obama wasn't born in the United States. One recent poll found that 23 percent of Americans believe this (and 20 percent said they didn't know). Combating the "Obama Hate Machine" ------------------------------------------------------ I'm watching Bill Press on CNN talking about his book. He points out the personal attacks on Obama being way more common than attacks on his policies. He names names and quotes what they said. He said the personal attacks against a sitting president haven't been this bad since Lincoln, where they said things like he's so much better looking since he recovered from the "smallpox". We do disagree on one thing. He says part of it is race, while I feel most of it is race.