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Koch Network Reorganizes "Intelligence Unit," Starts Dozen Layoffs

The Koch network has laid off about a dozen staffers working on its intelligence gathering unit, BuzzFeed News has learned. The layoffs are part of a restructuring that will further integrate the unit under Freedom Partners โ€” the umbrella group that overseas the Koch brothers' political and policy work.

Posted on April 21, 2016, at 3:17 p.m. ET


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WASHINGTON โ€” The Koch network has laid off about a dozen staffers working on its intelligence gathering unit, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The layoffs are part of a restructuring that will further integrate the unit under Freedom Partners โ€” the umbrella group that overseas the Koch brothers' political and policy work, according to a source close the network. Those who have been laid off have been given the opportunity to apply for other jobs within the network.

The dozen layoffs represent a small percentage of overall 1,200-person network operation.

The intelligence gathering arm of the network sends โ€œintelligence briefingโ€ emails tracking the canvassing, phone-banking, and voter-registration efforts of left-wing groups. It also tracks the movements of liberal organizers, Politico first revealed.

โ€œWe are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency, optimize our efforts, and to ensure we have an operation that will help us build a movement of millions to advance our issues and reverse the trajectory of what is quickly becoming a two-tiered society," said James Davis, spokesman for Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

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