A secret memo from inside the planning material of a conservative donor conclave sponsored by Charles and David Koch has found its way to the hands of the good folks over at Mother Jones.
The Koch brothers, billionaires of industry, support conservative causes and candidates with hundreds of millions in cash. During the last presidential election in 2012, their political machine raised and channeled more than $400 million to conservative candidates, among them, Mitt Romney. No wonder they work so hard at keeping their attempts to buy elections private.
The people attending these seminars are all warned to keep close eyes on their materials and personal notes, given their content: information in advancing conservative initiatives at the state and national level. However, last week right after the three-day donor gathering held at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort outside of Palm Springs, California, someone left behind a guest list in one of the hotel rooms. The hotel guest who discovered it sent it to Mother Jones.
The single-page document is a list of powerful and rich potential donors, and the names of the people who are hired by the Koch political machine to meet one-on-one with the VIPs and sweet talk them out of some cash.
Among those being courted were John Schnatter, owner of Papa John’s and Debra Waller, CEO of Jockey International.
h/t: Mother Jones