The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference

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This post first appeared at Mother Jones.

Protesters fill the corner of Bob Hope and Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage CA as they march against a conservative strategy meeting hosted by the Koch brothers, Sunday, January 30, 2011. Crystal Chatham,The Desert Sun.

Protesters fill the corner of Bob Hope and Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, CA, as they march against a conservative strategy meeting hosted by the Koch brothers. (Photo: Crystal Chatham, The Desert Sun)

There’s one main rule at the conservative donor conclaves held twice a year by Charles and David Koch at luxury resorts: What happens there stays there.

The billionaire industrialists and their political operatives strive to ensure the anonymity of the wealthy conservatives who fund their sprawling political operation — which funneled more than $400 million into the 2012 elections — and to keep their plans private. Attendees of these summits are warned that the seminars, where the Kochs and their allies hatch strategies for electing Republicans and advancing conservative initiatives on the state and national levels, are strictly confidential; they are cautioned to keep a close eye on their meeting notes and materials.

But last week, following the Kochs’ first donor gathering of 2014, one attendee left behind a sensitive document at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort outside of Palm Springs, Calif., where the Kochs and their comrades had spent three days focused on winning the 2014 midterm elections and more. The document lists VIP donors — including John Schnatter, the founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain — who were scheduled for one-on-one meetings with representatives of the political, corporate and philanthropic wings of Kochworld. The one-page document, provided to Mother Jones by a hotel guest who discovered it, offers a fascinating glimpse into the Kochs’ political machine and shows how closely intertwined it is with Koch Industries, their $115 billion conglomerate.

The more than 40 donors courted by the Kochs include hedge fund and private-equity billionaires, real estate tycoons and executives of top corporations, including Jockey International and TRT Holdings, owner of Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym. A number of them have never been identified as members of the Koch donor network, including Schnatter, one of the more prominent names on the list. An outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act, he is a longtime Republican donor who hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The document notes that the pizza mogul was scheduled to meet with Ryan Stowers, the director of higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation. (Schnatter did not respond to requests for comment.)

The document suggests a close collaboration between officials of Koch Industries, AFP and Freedom Partners, whose staff and board are stacked with numerous current and former Koch Industries employees.
Another top conservative contributor on the list is TRT Holdings’ cofounder Robert Rowling, whose net worth is estimated at $4.9 billion. During the 2012 election, Rowling directed $3.5 million to American Crossroads, the super PAC spearheaded by Karl Rove, and he cut a $100,000 check to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future. According to the document, Rowling was scheduled to sit down with Charles Koch at the “Koch residence” — presumably a reference to the Wichita businessman’s vacation home at the Vintage Club, a short drive from the resort where the donor conference was held. Top Koch operatives were expected to participate in this session, including Kevin Gentry, the Koch brothers’ fundraising guru; Daniel Garza, the director of the Libre Initiative, a Koch-funded organization dedicated to Latino outreach; and Marc Short, who runs Freedom Partners, the centerpiece of the Kochs’ political network, which distributes donor funds to a large web of conservative nonprofit groups. (Rowling did not respond to requests for comment.)

Other heavy hitters slated for meetings with the Koch brothers or their representatives included Carl Berg, a Silicon Valley real estate tycoon worth $1.1 billion; Ken Griffin, who founded the hedge fund Citadel and clocks in at No. 103 on the Forbes 400 (net worth, $4.4 billion); John W. Childs, a top private-equity investor; and Fred Klipsch, the chairman of the headphone and speaker company Klipsch Group.

The meeting list illustrates the interwoven nature of the Koch brothers’ corporate, political and philanthropic activities. The donor meetings featured various senior Koch Industries executives, including the company’s chief financial officer, Steve Feilmeier. He was scheduled to join Charles Koch for a sit down with Berg. Charles Koch’s 36-year-old son, Chase, the president of Koch Fertilizer, was also scheduled to take part in a meeting with a donor named George Gibbs. (Koch Industries spokesman Rob Tappan would not comment on the conference document, only confirming that company employees attend the donor summits. Freedom Partners spokesman James Davis said he was “uncertain” about the document and did not respond to further questions.)

At least half of the one-on-one sessions involved representatives of Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers and their top political adviser and strategist, Richard Fink, a Koch Industries executive vice president and board member. The AFP officials called to duty for these discussions included AFP’s president Tim Phillips, chief operating officer Luke Hilgemann, vice president for state operations Teresa Oelke and vice president for development Chris Fink (Richard Fink’s son). The state directors for AFP’s Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida chapters were also slated for tête-à-têtes during the Koch summit. (AFP spokesman Levi Russell declined to comment on the meeting document.)

In the past, Koch Industries has distanced itself from AFP and its political activities. The company has said the group is just one of “hundreds of organizations” that receive funding from the Kochs and that it operates “independently” of Koch Industries. But the document suggests a close collaboration between officials of Koch Industries, AFP and Freedom Partners, whose staff and board are stacked with numerous current and former Koch Industries employees. Michael Lanzara and Jeff Noble, who transitioned over to Freedom Partners from Koch Companies Public Sector — the company’s legal, lobbying and public affairs branch — were scheduled to meet with donors alongside AFP staffers. The Koch brothers and Richard Fink were also listed as taking part in some of these sessions. (Fink, a man of many hats within the Koch firmament, is also an AFP board member; David Koch chairs the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.)

Heading into the midterm elections, AFP has emerged as one of the right’s most active and well-financed political outfits. In recent months, it has spent more than $20 million on ads clobbering congressional Democrats for supporting Obamacare. And the group is merely one piece of the Kochs’ massive political operation, which in size, scope and fundraising prowess has come to resemble a political party in its own right. During the 2012 election cycle, in fact, the Koch network managed to raise as much as the Republican National Committee itself.

After the brothers and their allies failed to win the Senate or unseat Obama in 2012, David Koch told Forbes that this setback would do little to deter them: “We’re going to fight the battle as long as we breathe.” At the Palm Springs conference, as the left-behind-list of VIP meetings shows, the Kochs are lining up serious financial firepower for the political fights of 2014 and beyond.

Read the meeting list by zooming in on the document below, followed by Mother Jones’ guide to the participants in the document.

Carl Berg: Ranking No. 308 on the Forbes 400, Berg is a Silicon Valley real estate titan with an estimated fortune of $1.1 billion.

Ronnie Cameron: He runs agribusiness giant Mountaire Corporation. During a meeting of the Kochs’ donor network in 2011, Charles Koch recognized Cameron (and other donors) for donating at least $1 million to their cause.

Charles Chandler: Based in the Kochs’ hometown of Wichita, Kan., Chandler is the CEO of Intrust Bank.

John Childs: He runs the Boston-based private equity firm J.W. Childs & Associates.

Jamie Coulter: Haling from Wichita, Coulter is the former CEO of the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant chain.

Bob and Steve Fettig: The Fettigs run the metal fabrication company Tankcraft, based in Darien, Wis. Steve is the company’s CFO; Bob is CEO.

Richard and Leslie Gilliam: Richard founded Virginia-based coal mining company Cumberland Resources Corporation, which he sold to Massey Energy for nearly a billion dollars in 2010.

Ken Griffin: A major conservative donor, the Chicago-based businessman founded the hedge fund Citadel and is worth an estimated $4.4 billion.

John Griffin: He’s the founder of Blue Ridge Capital, a New York hedge fund.

Dick Haworth: He’s the chairman emeritus of Holland, Michigan-based office furniture company Haworth.

Richard “Ric” Kayne: He’s the founder and chairman of Los Angeles-based investment firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors.

Dan Kirby: He’s president of Sioux Falls, SD-based Kirby Financial.

Fred Klipsch: He’s the chairman of Klipsch Group, a speaker and headphone manufacturer.

Frank Kozel: He’s the principal of Pittsburgh-based Keystone Energy Oil & Gas Inc.

Francis “Franc” Lee: He’s the president and CEO of Flowood, Miss.-based lender First Tower, LLC.

Robert “Bob” Luddy: He’s president of CativeAire Systems Inc. in Raleigh, NC.

Hugh Maclellan: He’s the executive chairman of Chattanooga, Tenn.’s Maclellan Foundation, which make grants to Christian causes.

Cecil O’Brate: He’s the CEO of Garden City, Kan.-based Palmer Manufacturing & Tank.

Verl Purdy: He’s the chairman and CEO of Charlotte, NC-based AGDATA Inc.

Tom Rastin: He’s a director and vice chairman of the Mount Vernon, Ohio-based Ariel Foundation, started by his wife, Karen Buchwald Wright, the CEO of Ariel Corporation. Rastin is the company’s vice president of engineering, sales, and marketing.

George Records: A member of the Hoover Institution’s board of overseers, Records is the retired chairman of Oklahoma City’s Midland Group.

Robert Rowling: Ranking No. 93 on the Forbes 400 with an estimated fortune of $4.9 billion, Rowling is the cofounder of TRT Holdings, which owns Gold’s Gym and Omni Hotels.

John Schnatter: He’s the founder and CEO of Papa John’s International.

Tina and Craig Snider: They are the children of Ed Snider, a founding contributor of the Ayn Rand Institute and chairman of Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers.

Dian Stai: Based in Texas, Stai cofounded Owen Healthcare Inc. with her late husband. She’s a top conservative donor who gave $125,000 to the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future during the 2012 election cycle.

Jim Stephenson: He’s the president and CEO of Georgia-based Yancey Bros. Co., “which provides Caterpillar, AGCO, and Blue Bird Bus Co. products and services throughout the state of Georgia.” Stephenson is also an Americans for Prosperity board member.

Jim Von Ehr: He’s the CEO and founder of Richardson, Texas-based Zyvex Labs.

Debra Waller: Since 2001, she’s been the chairman and CEO of Jockey International Inc.

Lew Ward: He’s the founder of Oklahoma-based Ward Petroleum Corporation.

Dick Weiss: He’s the Core Equity senior portfolio manager at Wells Capital Management.

Karen Wright: She’s the founder and CEO of the Ariel Foundation, a private philanthropy group based in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She’s also CEO of the Ariel Corporation, a natural gas compression company.

*Mother Jones was unable to confirm the identities of some donors on the list, including Steve Clark, Paul Foster, George Gibbs, George Jenkins, Jerry Hayden, Kent McCarthy, Andrew Miller, Ted Saunders, Tom Smith, Jaime Snider and Dean Williams.

“PLAYERS”

Charles Koch: He’s the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries.

David Koch: He’s Koch Industries’ executive vice president and a board member.

Michael Lanzara: A former director for special projects at Koch Companies Public Sector, Lanzara now works for Freedom Partners.

Steve Feilmeier: He’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of Koch Industries.

Kevin Gentry: A vice president at Koch Companies Public Sector, Gentry is the Koch brothers’ top fundraiser. He also serves on the board of Freedom Partners.

Jeff Noble: A former senior development associate at Koch Companies Public Sector, Noble currently works for Freedom Partners.

Tim Phillips: He’s the president of Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group founded by the Koch brothers and Richard Fink.

Chris Fink: He’s Americans for Prosperity’s vice president of development and the son of Richard Fink.

Teresa Oelke: She’s Americans for Prosperity’s vice president for state operations.

David Fladeboe: He’s the state director for Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin.

Brett Hinkey: A former senior development associate at Koch Companies Public Sector, Hinkey now works for Freedom Partners.

Daniel Garza: He’s the executive director of the Libre Initiative, a Koch-funded nonprofit focused on Hispanic outreach.

Chase Koch: He’s Charles’ son and the president of Koch Fertilizer.

Richard Fink: He’s the chairman and CEO of Koch Companies Public Sector and a board member of Koch Industries. A founder of the Mercatus Center and Americans for Prosperity, Fink is the Koch’ top strategist and political adviser.

Ryan Stowers: He’s the director for higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

Brian Hooks: He’s the executive director and chief operating officer of the Mercatus Center.

Marc Short: Short heads Freedom Partners, the centerpiece of the Koch brothers’ political operation. Short is a former chief of staff of the House Republican Conference.

Scott Hagerstrom: He’s the state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan.

Jennifer Stefano: She’s the state director for Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania.

Tommy Von der Heydt: He’s a former regional development officer for Americans for Prosperity.

Corey Lewandowski: He’s the East Coast regional director for Americans for Prosperity.

Slade O’Brien: He’s state director of Americans for Prosperity-Florida.

John Hardin: He’s a program manager at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

Michael Palmer: He is the president of i360, which bills itself as the “leading data and technology resource for the pro-free-market political and advocacy community.” Palmer’s firm has worked closely with the Kochs’ voter microtargeting operation, Themis.

Derek Johnson: He’s a program officer for higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation.

Nathan Nascimento: He’s an employee of Freedom Partners.

James Davis: He’s the vice president of strategic communications at Freedom Partners.

Luke Hilgemann: He’s Americans for Prosperity’s chief operating officer.

Andy Kroll is Mother Jones' dark money reporter. He is based in the DC bureau. His work has also appeared at The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, Salon and TomDispatch.com, where he's an associate editor. He tweets at @AndrewKroll.
Daniel Schulman covers politics and national security. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Village Voice, The Columbia Journalism Review and other publications. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of the Koch family, Sons of Wichita, which will be published in May by the Hachette Book Group.
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  • Anonymous

    Glad you posted this list… I will not be buying Kipsch headphones moving forward… I am not going to contribute to a company that sabotages environmental efforts through their funding of the dumb party. The love of money is so strong… but science will prevail.

  • Goeff

    Does anyone else find it odd that the Koch bros seemed to hold a number of meetings in Europe?

    BTW: love how one of the son’s runs a fertilizer company. They seem to be covered in BS all around.

  • Molly

    Nor will I buy Papa John’s or stay at an Omni Hotel.

  • Anonymous

    Not really, billionaires want to be closer to where they hide their money. I’m surprised they don’t hold more of their meetings in Russia and hang out with the other world’s Oligarchs.

  • Mark Eastlake Stevens

    Thanks for posting. Can add a few companies to the list of businesses I refuse to patronize.

  • Scooby

    Wow. Like George Carlin said, “they don’t care about you…at all, at alll!!!!!!!

    These folks are the problem. Plain and simple.

  • Greg Zeglen

    that sheet is an appointment calendar….wow…how suspicious and how dangerous…and how secretive is this if everyone at the conference had a copy…please, you can do better than this…it appears you trying to put the clamps on freedom of association…apparently you believe that these people are a threat and the officials at Goldman Sachs and their circle as well as executives of GE and other multi-national corporations (not to mention George Soros) are not because they are Liberal operatives….. sure those on the list had money…they all do…that’s why neither you nor i were invited…Andy Kroll has only succeeded in showing his belief that exposing the Koch’s as some kind of threat to society to be incredibly shallow….

  • Guest

    I think all PACs should be required to publish a donor list on the IRS website. Might as well add a list for lobbyists too. And, no donation should be listed a In-kind. Put names out there. If you want to control the country with your money, at least give us peasants the opportunity to know who the enemy is. .

  • Goeff

    True.

  • TheTransAtlanticRailroad

    Words you must know if you wish to claim you know anything about American politics.

    corporatocracy: a society or system that is governed or controlled by corporations

    plutocracy: government by the wealthy

    oligarchy: a small group of people having control of a country or organization

    The Kochs and many if not all the names on the guest list are, arguably, all corporatists, plutocrats and oligarchs. All three groups run contrary to any notion of democracy where power is based in one citizen, one vote. When a few hundred self-interested, extremely wealthy Americans can generate as much campaign financing as the rest of the American electorate (over 100 million Americans) it makes even an appearance of democracy an uphill battle, or maybe impossible.

  • Anonymous

    Charles’s son goes by Chase….Chase Koch? Really? God, I hope he got the sh*t kicked out of him for that one….Chase Koch. It’s like a porn name ffs

  • Anonymous

    Well, you have the fascists on the other end, Bloomberg , Soros, Gates, Zuckerberg, et al. And bull they’re “running” the country. If you want to know who’s running the country, figure out who controls education and dominates culture messaging. There’s a reason the progressive left keeps demanding we double down on dumbing down new citizens.
    The uber rich are able to buy influence and get some things that benefit them (like crappy patent laws and horrible copyright laws and oppressive gov regulations that create barriers of entry from small business); but they’re not controlling the country. That’s ignorant propaganda. Wake the heck up.
    Everyone else in the country is getting poorer by the day and by your logic, these “masterminds” are killing the very people they depend on to build wealth. So much fail.
    The people controlling the country are trying to implode it by destroying the economy and education and opportunity. Why do you think the Democrats want regulation so much (besides wanting to control your bahavior)? Because it discourages entrepreneurism, one of the foundational principles and a cornerstone of the strength of a free economy and people.
    Why do you think the Democrats didn’t use anti-trust to break up banks but cemented them as “too big to fail” with Frank-Dodd? I can think of another socialist party who micro-managed industry to control the economy while also blaming 1% of the population for all the problems.
    Incredible- we have morons talking about how capitalism is broken, then they go to Russia and are amazed they can’t flush toilet paper. Hello. Wake up. Use your brain.

  • Choice

    well I’m sure glad you straightened us all out dude… like we’ve never heard that FUX side of the story before. So how about you take your message and find the church where they practice your religion?

  • Strawman411

    “There’s a reason the progressive left keeps demanding we double down on dumbing down new citizens.”

    There certainly is an effort afoot to dumb down citizens (new or otherwise), but to lay the blame mainly at the feet of the progressive left demonstrates a reliance on information from an extra-planetary source (Fox “News,” perhaps?).

    “Because it [regulation] discourages entrepreneurism, one of the foundational principles and a cornerstone of the strength of a free economy and people.”

    To anyone not an extreme ideologue, the commonsense regulation of commerce is a recognized necessity. What discourages entrepreneurship is not regulation, but a business climate in which access to opportunity is choked off by crony capitalists (“We got ours, Jack; you ain’t invited.”).

    “Why do you think the Democrats didn’t use anti-trust to break up banks but cemented them as “too big to fail” with Frank-Dodd?”

    That’s easy: Because mainstream Democrats, like their GOP counterparts, compete only to be captains of the team funding their campaigns: the Wall Street Titans.

  • Anonymous

    Mussolini, who coined the term, described “Fascism” as the “merger of State and Corporate power.” THIS is exactly what he was referring to.

    If we are ever going to take political power away from this small, anti-democratic (small “d”), Corporatist cabal, and put it back into the hands of “WE, THE PEOPLE,” (where the founders intended it to be) we are going to HAVE TO amend the U.S. Constitution so that it clearly, and unequivocally, states that: 1) “inalienable recognized under the U.S. Constitution belong to human beings, only, not to artificial legal entities such as corporations or labor unions;” AND, 2) “Money is NOT Speech,” so that political fundraising, and spending, even by individuals, can be regulated.

    The ONLY proposed constitutional amendment currently pending before Congress that says those TWO things is Move to Amend’s “WE THE PEOPLE AMENDMENT” which you can read at http://www.wethepeopleamendment.org.

    Check it out and then get involved in a Move to Amend group near you.

  • Mark Schmidt

    There IS nothing even remotely similar on the “Progressive Left”…in fact, there IS NO “Progressive Left” remaining in the US, and really has been none of any consequence since the end of the Vietnam war…There are many millions of people who are suffering because of the unbridled greed and anti Americanism of these few very rich extremists. The ONLY major group opposing them are Unions.

  • Edward Moriarty

    Comments straight from the Mercatus Center, a favorite beneficiary of Koch Industries.

  • Edward Moriarty

    Koch Industries subsidiaries: A) Georgia-Pacific: which produces Brawney paper towels, Angel Soft toilet paper, Mardi Gras napkins and towels, Quilted Northern toilet paper and paper towels, Dixie paper plates, bowls, napkins and cups, Sparkle paper towels and Vanity Fair paper napkins, paper bowls and plates and paper tablecloths.
    B)INVISTA: which makes “Lycra” fiber and “Stainmaster” carpets.
    C) Koch Agricultural Company: owns 15,000 + cattle in Montana, Texas and Kansas. Where’s the beef? (eat more chicken-personal note).
    D)Koch Fertilizer: one the planets largest makers of Nitrogen fertilizer with holdings in Venezuela, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S., and Canada. These products are one of the leading causes of river, stream and tidal water pollution on the planet. ( do your own composting-don’t buy fertilizer-personal note)
    E) Flint Hill Resources- formerly Koch Petroleum Group sells gasoline, jet fuels, diesel fuels ethanol. they operate refineries in six states. the operate Chemical plants, asphalt manufacturing. they were fined $6million in 1999 negligently dumping thousands of gallons of fuel into wetlands in Minnesota. they received a penalty of 3 yrs probation.???? (not sure what that means to a corporate entity such as this)
    In 2001 they paid $20million in settlement for covering up environmental violations at a Texas refinery it operated.
    F) Koch Pipelines 4000 mile network of pipelines carrying petroleum and chemical products around numerous states in the U.S., and in Canada.
    Easy to avoid the products in A and B: much more difficult to pin down specific products from the other endeavors.
    ANYBODY OUT THERE HAVE VERIFIABLE INFO ON ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS TO AVOID?

  • Greg Zeglen

    how old are you …13???
    don’t have a discussion….just be exclusive and ignorant….butit’s pretty much like most everything here…..and don’t bother to reply….you have nothing of value to add to this conversation apparently….

  • Greg Zeglen

    betthese companies have called an emergency board meeting to deal with the possible fallout from these posts….live in the real world….please..

  • Greg Zeglen

    who on earth says “Dude” in 2014….

  • Edward Moriarty

    That type of do nothing attitude IS the problem. As long as we keep believing the lie that there is nothing we can do, it becomes the truth, the greatest self fulfilling prophecy of our day, and the meetings in corporate board rooms of a celebratory nature. Organize, educate, boycott(send as little of your cash as possible to offending businesses). I live the real world. Segregation began to be broken, because one Lady refused to go along with things as they were in Montgomery AL. in the 1950′s, after years of people saying “that’s way things are….there is nothing you can do.” That lie is thrown at US everyday in this nation by media, by word of mouth and pundits. As long as the people continue fighting and arguing among themselves over “created” differences, the lie wins and nothing happens. It is time for freedom loving people to put their differences down and force this nation to do the will of the people instead of the will of the Oligarchical few. Continuing to say it is a waste of time to register voters,and get folks to the polls is the WRONG message. It is a lie. Gerrymandering will be difficult to overcome, but a 90%-95% turnout of all eligible citizens will have a much better chance than current turnout levels. Stop fulfilling the wishes of the powerful elites, who want everything consumed-as long as THEY can PROFIT.
    As long as we complain, assign blame, and then say,” it’s too difficult to change” or “I can’t do anything to make it better”- NOTHING WILL CHANGE!
    Lots of people are very grateful Rosa Parks didn’t have that attitude.

  • Nelson

    DEAR GOD< THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT. I am always amazed that people think there is a true left wing in this country, when in fact there is none and Obama is a Centrist at best, and somewhat to the right of center at worst. People just don't know these days that it's possible to be truly progressive

  • Heather Mash

    Thanks, Mother Jones for keeping us informed, most people haven’t a clue how manipulated they are by Corporations and how much power they have to control and develop legislation in our country. We are at the mercy of the 1% if we don’t have trusted sources of information. Please send a contribution of anything you can afford to Mother Jones and other sources that keep us updated on those that wish to control our government. H.

  • pamelawy

    This is a list of traitors to this country, undermining democracy at every turn.

  • Anonymous

    Papa John doesn’t even have to list ingredients. No telling what is in that mess.

  • Anonymous

    Finest government money can buy.

  • Michael Kewl

    Now let’s see the Liberal’s “sensitive document(s)” too!!!

  • Anonymous

    The whole point of regulation is to provide the rules of engagement in business. That we have so many businesses either deregulated or they have been neutralized is apparent in American business dealings. The people in the industry I work in could, for the most part, care less about their client base. Most seem to view their clients as potential ATMs and the idea of setting the bar high and providing quality goods and services is not an idea they subscribe to. My business partner & I have spent years developing a reputation for honesty, excellent service and recognizng that our clients needs ARE our priority. It takes more work to built an honest business w/an excellent reputation, but the rewards are well worth it. Oh, and when we hire employees we don’t pay them peanuts, we pay them excellent salaries because they are worth it!! We make their salaries back in the first 6 months now, thanks to their enthusiasm and pride in their company and their work! Mom always said “honesty is the best policy” and she was right…… as usual.

  • FDRliberal

    Kudos to the hotel guest who found this list and turned it over to Mother Jones. That person has done a real service for the Nation. These skulking plutocrats who think they can secretly buy American elections need to be exposed to the light of day.

  • NotARedneck

    “Finest government money can buy.”

    Unfortunately, it has been proven for hundreds of years, at least, that money can NEVER buy good government – ever.

  • Anonymous

    My Uncle Zachary recently got a 9
    month old Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL63 AMG only from working off a home pc… go
    now J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and notably, it wasn’t Obama’s appointed that voted for Citizens United. SCOTUS, much like some STD’s are the gifts that keeps on giving long after presidential administrations are gone…

  • Anonymous

    Bravo. May you continue many years of success!

  • NotARedneck

    When someone frames an issue between left and right in the US, it is really between positions of the real conservatives and the right wing criminal trash. They don’t want me using the F or N words for the latter.

  • NotARedneck

    True. It is the right wing criminal trash who have been working hard to destroy public education. It worked so well for them when they controlled the south and now they want it everywhere.

  • NotARedneck

    The extreme right has do much dirty money at their disposal that this would never work.

  • NotARedneck

    I’m sure that they like the Cayman Is. and Bermuda.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes. Well, when I read your comment I had to think of the Manchurian Candidate when you said this “figure out who controls education and dominates culture messaging.” prior to launching into your comment. So you think the left is responsible for ‘dumbing down new citizens’? What is a “new citizen”? If you do not think the plutocrats control this country and operate those mechanisms of control (the courts, political candidates etc.) you’re simply unable to review the data at hand.

    You state “Everyone else in the country is getting poorer by the day” as a fact. But, then your argue it is not happening by saying “by your logic, these “masterminds” are killing the very people they depend on to build wealth.” Umm, which is it? Are people getting poorer or are they not? You also seem to argue that the ‘uber rich’ would not want to weaken the people who purchase their goods and services – fair enough. The only problem with this is that corporations do not exercise such restraint, hence the need for regulations, and, in fact, corporations are required by law to maximize profit. One of the ways they do this is to freeze or lower wages – and the economic data supports what i’m saying. What you are saying is simply nonsense.

    So, it’s the Democrats who want to control behavior…that’s what you said. Umm, are you aware of the GOP party platform? They want to dictate womens rights, gay rights, marriage laws, and in the same breath abdicate responsibilities to the commons.

    Also, ‘too big to fail’ was cemented and affirmed under Bush and ‘hank’ paulsen. Your myopic world view and willingness to distort the truth is astounding. It rivals your ignorance if you think that ‘free markets’ actually exist. Do you think that corporations spend all that money in Washington on advocacy for free markets? LOL THey advocate for taxation that benefits them, laws that restrict competition, subsidized company perks (see Bush big pharma and big oil subsidization) etc. Frankly, it is people as uninformed as yourself, who contribute to a weakened country. You desire to be a slave to corporate interest and plutocrats under the lie of ‘american exceptionalism’ etc. even in the face of overwhelming economic data that exposes the free market lie for what it is.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing has been as destructive to our government as this power of corporate money buying our representation away from us. Our founders could see the threat that bribery would be to our democracy, so they made “accepting bribes and treason” as the grounds for impeachment.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if you can’t pull your head out of the sand because you’re stupid or because you don’t want to – but either way, you’re so horribly naive.
    Bro, do you even think?