Koch Brothers Hold Top Secret Conference With Rich Corporate Fundraisers. Were Ricks Scott and Perry There?

Remember when we noted that Karl Rove and his sketchy political group Crossroads GPS were feeding $20 million into an Obama attack ad, effective now? Well, it turns out they got a little help in the coffers area, thanks to none other than the Koch brothers.

Right now, the Kochs are winding up their annual conference/retreat in Vail, Colorado, where the country's hyper-conservatives -- including the terrible governors Rick Scott (Fla.) and Rick Perry (Texas) -- gathered to talk shop and raise bucketloads of money to further their dangerous agendas. Last year, over $88 million was raised -- some of which undoubtedly went towards the effort to stomp out unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere. 

On Sunday, a group of Colorado progressives protested a super-secretive, big-time strategy meeting at the conference, demanding the Kochs and their cronies end their war on the middle class. A release from ProgressNow Colorado:

"The billionaire Koch brothers are leading funders of the Tea Party, and the countless unnamed groups who appear on TV every election spreading misinformation," said Kjersten Forseth, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. "Their agenda is simple: they want to dismantle Medicare and Social Security, cut education and every other source of public funding beneficial to America's middle class, while giving the wealthy and big corporations even more tax breaks."

"This secret conference is where they plot the next steps," said Forseth.

The group found out about the conference through a fluke report in a Virginia newspaper which detailed the travels of their own hyper-conservative governor, Bob McDonnell. Check here for more information about their actions.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 29, 2011, 4:03am

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