Reactions to David Koch’s death remind us what he really stood for

David Koch, the conservative billionaire businessman and activist, is dead at the age of 79, according to NBC News.

Koch was one of the richest and most controversial men in the United States, even though he didn’t seek the spotlight:

At the time of his death, David Koch was worth $42.4 billion.

With the wealth from their business, the Koch brothers helped to build a massive conservative network of donors for organizations that work to mobilize voters and sway elected officials in support of libertarian-leaning economic policies.

The network, led by the nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, has spent more than $1 billion over the past several elections to support candidates who adhere to their free-market, small-government, libertarian ideals.

Some consider Koch a great philanthropist and guardian of capitalism, but reaction on social media was much harsher:

Featured Image Via Gage Skidmore for Flickr