I recently heard about the Koch (pronounced Coke) brothers on an episode of Fresh Air. Charles and David Koch own Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in America. In addition to being a major oil company, Koch Industries owns a number of popular household brands. And in their spare time they like to pump millions of dollars into radical libertarian and conservative organizations they founded, and are major contributors of the Tea Party movement.
The following brands (among others) are owned by Koch Industries:
By buying these brands you are inadvertently funding private political groups that disguise themselves as grassroots movements.