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Romney Campaign Memo: Koch Brothers The ‘Financial Engine Of The Tea Party’

Romney Campaign Memo: Koch Brothers The ‘Financial Engine Of The Tea Party’

By Lee Fang, Think Progress

Mitt Romney speaking at a Koch summit in previous years; David Koch speaking at his own gala

Friday, billionaire David Koch and presidential candidate Mitt Romney are set to speak at the a Tea Party conference financed by the same Koch brother’s fortune. The Defending the Dream Summit, a conference funded by Koch and sponsored by his Americans for Prosperity group, is a yearly event where Republican politicians come to praise the Koch brothers and their political network. For instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as he was seeking the Republican nomination, paid tribute to the Koch’s political network at the same event in 2007.

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner, which happens to be owned by an allied billionaire named Phil Anschutz, obtained a Romney campaign memo that details its outreach effort to the Koch brothers and the Tea Party. The memo acknowledges what ThinkProgress has reported for two years now — that the Kochs are the “financial engine of the Tea Party,” as the memo put it. Moreover, the memo expands on Romney’s courtship of the billionaire petrochemical brothers, including a meeting in January at an elite social club in Manhattan and an August meeting that had to be canceled because of Hurricane Irene:

Americans for Prosperity is led by billionaire Republican donor David Koch, whose endorsement Romney seeks. An Oct. 4 internal Romney campaign memo obtained by The Washington Examiner describes Koch as the “financial engine of the Tea Party” even though Koch “denies being directly involved.” Koch endorsed Romney for president in 2008 and his well-funded group is credited with electing dozens of Republicans to Congress in 2010 and creating a network of Tea Party loyalists who are critical to Romney’s chances of winning the nomination, political strategists say. [...]

The memo says Romney was scheduled to meet with David Koch on August 28 at the billionaire’s home in Southampton, N.Y. — where Koch held a major event for Romney in 2010 — but Hurricane Irene foiled their plans. The two last met in January for lunch in Manhattan at the Links Club, an elite social club for avid golfers.

Indeed, not only did Koch endorse Romney in 2008, but one of Romney’s first major campaign fundraisers for the 2012 cycle was hosted at Koch’s mansion in the Hamptons last year.

This post first appeared at Think Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress

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2:10PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

This really is old news. It has been a noted fact that the kochroach brothers have been funding the teabaggers. It is just a shame that most of the teabagger members are truly part of the 99ers and are not aware of the fact that they are a pawn for these sleezeball billionaires. Yes George Soros donates money to the Dems. That is also a known fact. The difference is George does not deny his funds where The kochbrothers deny any funding. That is the difference. If you are going to back a group why deny it? What do they have to hide?
The purpose of this thread is to shine light on the fact that the Kochroach brothers are funding the Tea Party.

2:01PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

DO you mean the kochroach brothers?

2:00PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Leah H a star for you!!!! But DO is so funny!!!!!!! "The voice of truth". How can you not laugh at that.

1:56PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

DO the theme song for the repugs is "send in the clowns". And your job is to be the "voice of truth". LOL!!!!!!! You are so funny!!!!! I needed a good laugh!!!! the voice of truth. Have you ever thought about taking that show on the road? You are more delusional that I thought could be possible. I love that "the voice of truth".

1:49PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

michael c - a star for you on comments about D>O>!!!!!!

4:12PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Diane O, Welcome back, many of us thought that you had died fighting to kill Freedom and Democracy for the your bosses, the Koch Bros. As the disinformation officer for the jewish right, do you find comfort ushering the innocent into the crematorium?

How was it in the trenches? Did you knock off a lot of lefties? Those little bastards deserve a good beating. What do you have in store for them? Who's next those 99%ers, those losers, such anti-American beliefs. To think do they actually think that they have rights, Shame!

Just imagine, some American shumck, down on his or her dumb luck, demanding a renewal of freedom and democracy. Those ingrates, there ought to be a law. Maybe your friends, on the extreme right, can pass a new law, something under the Patriot Act.

Diane, I have for so long wanted to ask you a question...but it seemed so personal. How much do they pay you for each of the souls that you bring to the devil?

4:10PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Diane O, Welcome back, many of thought that you had died fighting to kill Freedom and Democracy for the your bosses, the Koch Bros. As the disinformation officer for the jewish right, do you find comfort ushering the innocent into the crematorium?

How was it in the trenches? Did you knock off a lot of lefties? Those little bastards deserve a good beating. What do you have in store for them? Who's next those 99%ers, those losers, such anti-American beliefs. To think do they actually think that they have rights, Shame!

Just imagine, some American shumck, down on his or her dumb luck, demanding a renewal of freedom and democracy. Those ingrates, there ought to be a law. Maybe your friends, on the extreme right, can pass a new law, something under the Patriot Act.

Diane, I have for so long wanted to ask you a question...but it seemed so personal. How much do they pay you for each of the souls that you bring to the devil?

9:20AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Leah, is that the best you can do? Unable to prove me wrong? The problem on a biased site is the feeding frenzy that is allowed to brainwash otherwise intelligent people into thinking that all republicans are bad.

There's always another side to the story and that is the only reason I am here on Care 2. I am on other sites as well and have been for a few years and nowhere is the truth so ignored than here. You owe it to yourselves to reach out and find the facts and then make your own decisions based on the facts.

9:08AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Folks, really, why do you bother to read whatever Diane O. posts? "She" is a Rove plant on the site, just like the phony tweets. Fuggadabudit!

9:08AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Have you got a "catchy" tune for George Soros? You know who he is, don't you? He owns your democratic party lock, stock and barrel. Surely you can come up with a tune for your master who controls the left wing media.

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