Monday, August 27, 2012

Michael Barone: "Citizen Koch goes to Tampa" @ Washington Examiner

... "The Libertarian party got a little too radical for us," Koch says. Instead, he and Charles started creating and funding institutions to further their ideas. These include the Cato Institute, where they recently settled a dispute over control with longtime president Edward Crane, and Citizens for a Sound Economy, later renamed Americans for Prosperity. This was the beginning of "the Kochtopus," a term David uses himself, and of the twice-a-year Koch Brothers conferences, where attendees hear progress reports on their attempts to promote their ideas through political activity, public advocacy, think tanks, and academic programs. The conferences have grown from a dozen people a decade ago to "an amazing number of people" who want to attend now. But "you'll never find a senior executive of a publicly held company. They're afraid the government is going to punish them" if they go. ...

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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