VICTORY: Tribune Papers Spared From Koch Empire
When the Tribune Company went up for sale, it was widely reported that the Koch brothers were interested in acquiring its newspapers—including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. The billionaire Kochs and their tea party politics presented a clear threat to independent journalism, so several organizations, including Forecast the Facts, Courage Campaign, and Working Families started MoveOn Petitions asking Tribune Company CEO Peter Liguori not to sell to the Koch brothers. More than 39,000 MoveOn members, from Florida to Baltimore and each state where a Tribune newspaper was up for sale, signed onto the petitions. After continued campaigning, the Koch brothers confirmed that they were no longer interested in buying the Tribune Company newspapers.