“Citizen Koch” Film Raises Over $75,000 In 3 Days On Kickstarter

Posted Jul 15, 2013

“Citizen Koch” is a documentary that centers around the billionaire Koch brothers and their involvement in politics.  Directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin premiered the film at the 2013 Sundance film festival.  The company has hit their $75,000 Kickstarter goal in just 3 days with over 1,700 donors.

The documentary was originally supposed to broadcast on public TV, but then the Independent Television Service (ITVS) pulled the $150,000 in funding due to fear of offending the Koch brothers.

The Koch brothers donated around $23 million to public broadcasting.  David Koch is also a member of the board of directors at WNET in New York and WGBH in Boston.

The Koch brothers own Koch Industries, which is a major energy and chemical company.  They are also known for conservative politics.  Deal and Lessin put the film on Kickstarter on July 9th with a goal of raising half of the money that was cut.  In three days, they raised $95,000.  Around 2,154 backers have put $108,404 into the Kickstarter campaign as of the time I wrote this and there are 23 days left to go.  The average donor put in around $53.31.

The money will be used for the final sound mix, graphics, score, color corrections, music licensing, etc.  According to Variety, PBS reportedly was excited to air the documentary, but David Koch was reportedly upset about the PBS documentary called “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” which perceived him in a negative light.