By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:44 PM CDT, October 29, 2011
They charged in and made their presence known. The group calls itself Kansans United in Voice and Spirit. They took their message right to the world headquarters of Koch Industries--the second largest private company in America.
"What all this is about is Koch Industries and the largest corporations manipulating the political system for their own benefit at the expense of everyone else," protester Jacob Knitig says.
The protestors say their primary target is Governor Sam Brownback (R-KS). They say Brownback is unduly influenced by Koch and its owners.
Koch Industries told us the company would not be doing anything out of the ordinary in response to the protest, however the headquarters is not normally surrounded by barricades and security guards as it was for the protest. Police were there too, so were local Tea Party members who came to counter-protest.
Koch Industries put out a statement which says, "Rather than protest an American company that employs 50,000 Americans, including more than 2.600 Kansans, we encourage citizens to turn their attention to the burden of excessive government spending, uncontrolled debt, and onerous regulations that are crippling our nation."
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