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Were You Invited to the Billionaire Caucus This Weekend?

I wasn’t invited but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about the event put on by the Koch Brothers!

Here is a little about the story-

Koch Industries is the second largest privately-held company in the United States. It’s based in Wichita, Kansas, and is involved in industry areas such as energy, fibers, and chemicals, among others.

Koch Industries spokeswoman Nancy Pfotenhauer responded specifically to criticism of the weekend meeting.

“Those that are attending the conference believe that everyone benefits from the prosperity that emerges from free societies,” Pfotenhauer said. “This gathering is meant to discuss strategies for promoting policies that will help grow our economy, foster free enterprise and create American jobs.”

The Koch Foundation is one of many donors to The Heritage Foundation. Rory Cooper, director of communications for Heritage, reacted to the criticism of the Koch meeting – though he explained his group has nothing to do with it.

“I don’t understand the criticism of people getting together and talking about politics and governance,” Cooper said. “I think a lot of the people who I’ve seen, making those statements, so far, have been people who are not transparent in their own regards. So I think that there’s certainly a great deal of hypocrisy here.”

This issue of transparency – of who’s disclosing what – also enflames the debate.

Common Cause’s effort to “Uncloak the Kochs” stems from their claim that the brothers are secretly funneling money into efforts that will, eventually, advance their interests. Van Jones, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, partly put it this way: “They are the King Kong and Godzilla of bad policy, trampling through our democracy. And they must be exposed and they must be stopped.”

Koch Industries’ website denies charges like these.

“For more than 40 years, these brothers have been open and steadfast proponents of individual and economic freedom,” it states. “Through their personal involvement and private foundations, they have lawfully supported activities and causes consistent with their beliefs.”

Why shouldn’t people with lots and lots of dough get together in Palm Springs over a nice winter weekend to discuss how the future of the planet will go?

Hmmm.

Love,

mo

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