Dutch Koch Receives Death Threat By Mistake

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Charles and David Koch are the billionaire owners of an industrial conglomerate based in Wichita, Kan. They've poured millions into conservative and anti-union causes. People who don't like their politics have sent critical emails and even death threats to Dutch Koch, who says he gets mistaken for them all the time.

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

And our last word in business is the Brothers Koch. Charles and David Koch are the billionaire owners of a giant industrial conglomerate based in Wichita, Kansas. They've poured millions into conservative and anti-union causes. People who don't like their politics have sent many critical emails and letters, even death threats to Dutch Koch.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

You could also say that Dutch Koch is a Koch brother. He runs Koch Brothers Office Supplies in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mr. DUTCH KOCH (Koch Brothers Office Supplies): Well, it's not business as usual for a little office supply company to have to field people who are virulent in their opinions regarding matters other than office supplies.

MONTAGNE: Dutch Koch says it's not the first time he's been mistaken for the other Kochs. People have also confused him with the big soda maker.

KELLY: He says he wants people to know he is not a billionaire, sadly, nor politically active. He does not say which cola he prefers.

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