Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cantor and the Koch Connection

I did some checking into this and it does seem like just a conference. But it is always good to know who our Reps are hanging out with.

Found this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, will be among the attendees at the Koch Industries conference this weekend in Palm Springs, California.

According to Cantor’s office, he’s been invited to talk about “the importance of the GOP’s cut and grow agenda, free markets and restoring certainty through smart regulation and economic growth policies.”

Koch Industries is a Kansas-based energy conglomerate owned by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, the backers of Libertarian and conservative causes including Americans for Prosperity.


The Koch brothers hold conferences twice a year, keeping the guest list and details largely under wraps. According to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the meeting invite, this gathering will be held at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa to, the invitation says, “develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity.”

The invite posted by the newspaper says “prosperity is under attack by the current administration and many of our elected officials.”

“Their policies threaten to erode our economic freedom and transfer vast sums of power to the state. We must stop — and reverse — this internal assault on our founding principles.”

The last meeting, held in June at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, also drew a flock of bold names in corporate and conservative political circles, including Gov. Bob McDonnell and Fred Malek, who chaired McDonnell’s government reform commission.

McDonnell has attended at least seven of the meetings, including the Aspen event. He will not attend this weekend.

The thing I like about this is that the left hates The Koch Brothers. Probably because:

In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a "kingpin of climate science denial." The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups

While Rep. Cantor was not the top recipient of campaign funds from Koch Industries, he did receive $12,650. You can see the others here and find out what the other issues they fund here.