Charles Koch's long history of education funding

Dave Levinthal

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch's eponymous charitable foundation today announced it's giving the United Negro College Fund $25 million to primarily fund thousands of merit-based scholarships.

While the development may come as a shock to some Democrats and liberals, particularly those like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who've sought to vilify Charles Koch and brother David as self-centered industrialists bent on buying elections, it's status quo for the elder Koch sibling.

As the Center for Public Integrity reported in March:

Various Koch-backed charitable foundations have also made massive contributions to medicine and the arts as well as sizable grants to a variety of politics- and government-focused outfits.

Related: Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

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