In the WSJ today, Kim Strassel notes that there were a whole lot of labor unions higher on the list than they were. They generally don't operate at the level of promulgating general principles they stand for. With them, it's a more a matter of paying for specified goodies:
And just who are these brothers that FHers, including now Harry Reid, would have us demonize? As Charles C. W. Cooke points out at NRO, they qualify far more as libertarians than they do as conservatives:
Certainly, the pair vehemently opposes the Democratic party’s core economic agenda, which, in the waning days of Obama’s influence, consists of defending Obamacare, instituting a carbon tax, and refusing steadfastly to do anything about the federal government’s spending problem. But the Kochs are not as simple as the hysteria would have them be. Indeed, even the lightest of research reveals them to be in favor of gay marriage, of drug legalization, of reforming and expanding the immigration system, of withdrawing troops from the Middle East, of cutting defense spending, of curbing the NSA’s overreach, and of helping to balance the budget by raising (some) taxes — all of which, it presumably doesn’t need spelling out, are positions that the Democratic party purports to support. Among the “shadowy” groups to which the Kochs have contributed are the ACLU (which received $20 million from the duo to support its work against the PATRIOT Act), a variety of cancer-research foundations, and a wide range of museums, musical venues, and art galleries.
Just remember that when the Freedom-Haters try to make villains of our champions, we have truth on our side.