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Dorothy Bush Koch

Occupation: CEO's spouse
Employer: Wine Institute
Home: Bethesda, MD
George W. Bush’s kid sister, Dorothy Bush Koch, raises money for local charities and for her family’s campaigns. She got married in 1992 at Camp David to Robert “Bobby” Koch, an ex-aide to then-Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and then-Democratic Whip Tony Coehlo (who chaired Al Gore’s 2000 campaign). At the time of the 2000 campaign, Robert Koch was a senior vice president and lobbyist at the Wine Institute, which he joined in 1992. As “Doro” Koch assumed a high-profile role in President Bush’s reelection fundraising in June 2003, this trade group promoted Koch to president and CEO. Representing the California wine industry, the institute lobbies for free trade and to protect millions of corporate-welfare tax dollars that it receives to market its products abroad. Shortly after Robert Koch’s promotion, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that echoed a longstanding Institute argument that states should not prohibit consumers from buying wine directly from producers on the Internet. In 1999 the Institute’s board recruited two members of the Gallo family, which produced one out of three U.S. wine bottles. The family benefited from the so-called 1986 “Gallo Amendment,” which allowed them to personally dodge $104 million in inheritance taxes.
2000 cycle; Minor League Pioneer
2000 cycle; Major League Pioneer
2004 cycle; Major League Pioneer
2004 cycle; Ranger

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Corporate or Campaign Scandal
Corporate Welfare Recipient/Dispenser
White House Sleepover Guest

  Profile last updated Dec 8, 2003