If the events this past weekend outside of Palm Springs, California are any indication, progressives may finally be pushing back against conservative and Tea Party interests rather than attacking their own. Led by the good governance group Common Cause and in coordination with CREDO, MoveOn.org and others, thousands converged on the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” the annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers, business interests and conservative operatives.
The annual event is seen as a key strategizing effort as groups like the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity meet to plan the year ahead. The Koch Brothers host the event, this year buying out the sprawling and lavish Rancho Las Palmas resort in exclusive Rancho Mirage.
Among those said to be attending was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The event has garnered additional scrutiny after it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may be attending and has in the past. Those reports, as well as his recent speaking engagements with the Tea Party congressional caucus were some of the impetus behind Common Cause’s request to the Department of Justice to investigate whether or not Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas had a conflict of interest when they heard Citizens United.
Frankly, it’s nice to see progressives take a breath from the circular firing squad and focus on the real danger to our democracy–the ability of corporations to spend endlessly and shamelessly in our elections. The Koch Brothers and their constituents spend obscene amounts on campaigns of misinformation motivated solely to protect and promote their own interests and at the expense of average Americans.
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