Late Night: Vacation Getaway–Koch Industries Top Secret Party in Palm Desert!

Oh, we’ll all need an early spring vacation by January and what could be more  fun than a nice desert escape and some infiltration of an invitation-only, confidential meeting at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs, CA. Sponsored by Koch Industries’ founders Charles and David Koch, the until now top-sekrit gathering of conservatives entitled Understanding and Addressing Threats to American Free Enterprise and Prosperity is designed to

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.

Indirectly acknowledging that times must be tough even for the wealthy, and to encourage new participants, Charles Koch offers to waive the $1,500 registration fee. But in the letter obtained by the New York Times he urges secrecy and caution, lest any liburuls attempt a flippant James O’Keefe type stunt:

The letter advises participants that it is closed to the public, including the news media, and admonishes them not to post updates or information about the meeting on the Web, blogs, social media or traditional media, and to “be mindful of the security and confidentiality of your meeting notes and materials.”

Oh hai, Chuck Koch All your bases are belong to us: Web, blogs, social media and traditional media are now aware!

Invited participants are told they must wear nametags for all meeting functions. And, ensuring that no one tries to gain access by posing as a participant, the invitation says that reservations will be handled through Koch Industries’ office in Washington: “Please do not contact the Rancho Las Palmas directly to place a reservation.”

And maybe not flirt with attractive, seductive types at the bar? Bouwahaha!

Rancho Las Palmas has 450 rooms total, 22 of which are suites. They average $170 to $880 per night.

Koch Industries operates a foundation that finances political advocacy groups. While tax law protects those groups from having to disclose much about what they do and who contributes, NYTimes reveals that past participants

included some of the nation’s wealthiest families and biggest names in finance: private equity and hedge fund executives like John Childs, Cliff Asness, Steve Schwarzman and Ken Griffin; Phil Anschutz, the entertainment and media mogul ranked by Forbes as the 34th-richest person in the country; Rich DeVos, the co-founder of Amway; Steve Bechtel of the giant construction firm; and Kenneth Langone of Home Depot.

The group also included longtime Republican donors and officials, including Foster Friess, Fred Malek and former Attorney General Edwin Meese III.

According to the Times, the  session’s agenda will

“review strategies for combating the multitude of public policies that threaten to destroy America as we know it.”

Those efforts, the letter makes clear, include countering “climate change alarmism and the move to socialized health care,” as well as “the regulatory assault on energy,” and making donations to higher education and philanthropic organizations to advance the Koch agenda.

Expect us. We are legion.

78 Responses to "Late Night: Vacation Getaway–Koch Industries Top Secret Party in Palm Desert!"
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:01 pm 1

Pack your sunblock, it’s gonna be a hot weekend!


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:04 pm 2
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 1

Oy! Conservative shag-fests give me the creeps.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:05 pm 3

Liveblogging the Yankees here


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:05 pm 4

SHIT!

FUCK!

SHITFUCK!!


bluedot12 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:05 pm 5

Someone please tell me: why do a couple of dudes with 42 billion between them want to fuck up the country? Why would they not just do good things that help people a little instead of self serving shit like eliminate the income tax, the FBI, SS, unemployment and the list goes on. Just look at what the Tea Party candidates have said in the past.

The bastards even invite supremes to their party. Wonder why that is?


Teddy Partridge | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:08 pm 6

ooh,ooh, pick me! pick me!


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:10 pm 7

Rich deVos?? Wrinkly old prick. He owns the sports franchise in town and got a new arena built for him. he paid for about a third and complained like he was some kind of Christian martyr.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:11 pm 8

Gotta make sure to give the inside friendlies cameras to copy the docs the rich boys are sure to leave in their rooms while they’re out ogling the talent by the pool.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:12 pm 9
In response to bluedot12 @ 5

For sport. It is entertaining watching the rubes do their bidding.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:12 pm 10
In response to ratfood @ 2

Shit, even Viagra doesn’t work for these old fucks. Besides, they’re too busy trying to take over the world.


DrDick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:13 pm 11

Lisa!

The plutocrats are feeling threatened and are getting pissy. Eisenhower was right about Texas oilmen.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:13 pm 12

Koch is a client. If I weren’t so busy I’d try to finagle an invite.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:15 pm 13
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 12

Ooh, maybe one for a sweet little rich girl skeered of the big bad Socialists?


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:15 pm 14

EPU’ed from the mothership:

I fell into political apathy until the 2000 election. Then a fringe candidate, 535 disputed ballots and Antonin Scalia gave us an 8 year nightmare. Asleep at the switch on 9/11, invades the wrong country, conducts two wars while increasing the size of government by 40 percent and cuts taxes. Massive debt, torture and W and Dick feeding the constitution into a wood chipper inch by inch.

Yeah, I got involved, donated, phonebanked, doorknocked and shit. Two waves, back-to-back with mandates and huge majorities. No prosecutions over “policy differences” like torture and warrantless wiretapping. Most of the changes were more beneficial to the corporate paymasters than the American people.

So now I’m bewildered.

I feel like a victim in a courtroom where both sides are working in concert to mock me. Even the court reporter continually rolls her eyes when I speak.

My defender calls me a copulating mental deficient. Says I should be drug tested. Says I flush my money down the toilet by supporting good public officials. And this is from my defense.

How does this politics thing work?


DrDick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:15 pm 15
In response to SouthernDragon @ 10

The only thing that gets them hard is money and power. People, they don’t give a shit about.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:17 pm 16
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 14

was the court reporter cute?


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:19 pm 17
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 13

Could the little rich girl pay the crib fee, or would she have to bunk with someone. Someone would be sure to remind you that “Things go better with Koch.”

You know Chuck and Dave have used that line a million times.


Margaret | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:20 pm 18

Intimidation of minority voters going on in Texas. I think the DOJ should look no further than Rick Perry and don’t think for an instant that the teabaggers aren’t the GOP.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:21 pm 19
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 16

Metaphorically speaking, she looked a lot like Chris Matthews.


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:23 pm 20
In response to SouthernDragon @ 10

They’re like Mr. Drysdale. Wave some money under their nose and it’ll pop right up.


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:26 pm 21
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 19

Pumpkin head?


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:27 pm 22
In response to DrDick @ 15

Tasty ale slidin’ down the bar at ya.


bluedot12 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:28 pm 23

Boy if you think Miller went over the top in handcuffing that guy wait until you see this one. You won’t be able to get within miles of the place and if you do, no one will hear from you again. Buried in the sands.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:28 pm 24
In response to ratfood @ 21

No. Tweety. Punkin’ haid, IIRC, was the nom de plume of the late timmeh russert.


mattcarmody | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:29 pm 25
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 6

Teddy, I left something in epu land on the Dan Choi post you put up before. I had to go out and just got back in.

We always know when someone respects our service by how they fight in their own way to advance causes that respect the basic decency and love we all should have for each other. Maybe that;s the best way I can put it.


DrDick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:29 pm 26
In response to ratfood @ 22

Tanks!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:30 pm 27
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 17

poor little rich girl perfers her own room.


yellowsnapdragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:30 pm 28
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 19

Aw, why’d you have to make me imagine Chris Matthews in lipstick and a skirt?


SouthernDragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:30 pm 29
In response to Margaret @ 18

Listening to Rangers/Yankees on KRLD on MLB site. Been hearing an ad for Rudy’s with c/w music. Know of Rudy’s BBQ?


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:37 pm 30
In response to SouthernDragon @ 29

I’ve been watching it on tee bee. Dee-pressed.

good night, friends.

sniff


DrDick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:39 pm 31
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 30

Night.


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:40 pm 32
In response to Oilfieldguy @ 24

IIRC Tweety and Timmeh started out as conjoined twins. Sadly, because they were joined at the ass, the separation left each with only half a brain.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:40 pm 33
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 30

Aw, man, they got 5 outs left.

heh heh heh


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:41 pm 34
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 30

Niters.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:41 pm 35
In response to ratfood @ 32

Yer onna roll.


Prairie Sunshine | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:44 pm 36

Clarence Thomas’ wife — is she from Koch’s home state? Nice try on the teabagger apology stunt, Virginia. I’m sure it’ll get its obligatory full court press from the scriptreaders tomorrow.


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:45 pm 37
In response to SouthernDragon @ 29

Terrible name for a restaurant. Reminds me of Giuliani, which puts the kibosh on any semblance of appetite.


DrDick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:48 pm 38

Think I will call it an early night. Take care all.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:49 pm 39

We have fast moving hailstorms! WOOT!


ratfood | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:52 pm 40
In response to DrDick @ 38

g’nite

Think I’ll head out too. Thanks to Lisa. Splendid evening to all.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:55 pm 41

Rangers homer.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:59 pm 42

go team? is this for the Heisman?


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday October 19, 2010 08:59 pm 43

Just checking in — hello Pups


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:02 pm 44
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 42

Emmy, I think.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:03 pm 45

Once these people haved saved america from the apocolypse they outghta come here to The City Beautiful next year and have some Disney fun.


Beerfart Liberal | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:04 pm 46

these guys are an embarrassment to the pinstripes. i’m ashamed.


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:07 pm 47
In response to Beerfart Liberal @ 46

Hey Beerfart Liberal!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:12 pm 48

They will be wearing golfing pastels…


redX | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:14 pm 49

Looking at raising retirement age to 72 in USA it seems. And we just gave bankers a few trillion dollars and not much left for jobs. Meanwhile in France they still think getting out and about is the way to go. Funny since I hear France is a nice place to live, and has rich people. Seems like a stab at a CA pot law and perhaps a few more votes for “Dems” (or a way to excite USA youth) is up against France’s 1.1M person response & Koch bro’s 21.5 Billion dollars. Darn. Not even Rally to Restore Sanity is going to make a dent.

Only youth protest is when someone takes the cell phones away at school or while driving.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/19/france-retirement-protests-turn-violent_n_768956.html

Today’s protesters are trying to stop lawmakers from approving a bill that would raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 to prevent the pension system from going bankrupt as citizens live longer and a diminishing pool of young workers pay into the system.

Unions claim the move would erode France’s near-sacred tradition of generous social benefits – including long vacations, contracts that make it hard for employers to lay off workers and a state-subsidized health care system – in favor of “American-style capitalism.”

“France wouldn’t be what it is today if the generations that came before us hadn’t taken to the streets,” said Lidwine Mure, a 32-year-old teacher who took part in all six Paris protests since September. Her dark clothes were a collage of pro-strike stickers.

Some 1.1 million people joined 260 protest marches across France on Tuesday, according to the Interior Ministry, though trade unions put the figure at three times that.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:24 pm 50

Tuesday is march day!


sadlyyes | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:33 pm 51

funny WAY the Kocks want to restore freedumb to Amerika

secret freedoms i spose


sadlyyes | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:33 pm 52
In response to redX @ 49

solidarity! mais oui


gordonot | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:35 pm 53

Hey, believe it or not, that’s like a stone’s throw from my humble abode. Any stones you’d like me to throw?


ChristineEdmonson | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:37 pm 54
In response to gordonot @ 53

Hey!


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:38 pm 55

Ooohhh fun.


jeffbarea | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:39 pm 56

This feels weird. Why am I never invited to these things? Do I smell?


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:43 pm 58

Koch’s own Brawny Paper towels. Do not buy. What else do Koch’s own that we can boycott?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:44 pm 59
In response to sadlyyes @ 51

To me the takeaway is that all of America wants freedom and prosperity…that’s the American dream. And we need to organize and inform each other. Just Koch et al have one way of acheiving it And other people use other methods and take into consideration a less hard ass Approach to humans animals non renewable resources,profits etc


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:45 pm 60

The kochs are lumber/paper? Fie a pox on their house!


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:46 pm 61

Koch’s are big in chicken. No doubt the motherfuckers get ton of corporate welfare in subsidies from the Federal Gubmint.

http://www.kochfoods.com/


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:46 pm 62

Am on a weensykeyboard


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:51 pm 63

http://www.kochind.com/IndustryAreas/ranching.aspx

Koch’s offer canned hunting vacations for playboy hunters in Texas like Dick Cheney likes.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:53 pm 64

Hunting Pllayboy bunnies?


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:55 pm 65
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 64

Or “California quail”?


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:58 pm 66

http://www.kochind.com/IndustryAreas/forestry.aspx

Koch’s do oil refining, fertilizer, polyester – Lycra, chemicals, cattle, Georgia Pacific, Dixie cups, Quilted Northern..

The bastards are into many things in a big way. Website claims 40,000 employees at Georgia Pacific alone.

Correction: hunter playboys – like Dick Cheney.


PPDCUS | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:59 pm 67
In response to ChristineEdmonson @ 57

Hiya CE


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 09:59 pm 68
In response to hackworth1 @ 66

Tee hee! Hunter playboys…Lycra, huh? Bummer. Thanks for the buh bye onnwhat 2 buy.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:01 pm 69

Nightall! Thanks for joining in on my holiday fantasy vacation.


sadlyyes | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:01 pm 70
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 59

the Kocks merely want slavery…..and early death for the unwashed masses


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:04 pm 71
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 59

In real America, not seen on tv, Americans are free to get sick, bankrupted and die . Free to work for low wages. Free to work several jobs, free to pay to go to college, free to go to prison, free to have their phones tapped, free to be victims of sneak and peak. free to protest in protest zones.

We have a lot of freedoms in this country. Prosperty is for the Koch Bros.


hackworth1 | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:09 pm 72
In response to sadlyyes @ 70

Koch’s don’t want to pay the employer’s share of Social Security benefits on behalf of their employees.

Obama and his Catfood Commission aim to please the Koch Bros.

The Koch Brothers wouldn’t piss on Obama if he were on fire, but Obama still wants to please them and all other MOTU.


progress | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:18 pm 73
In response to hackworth1 @ 72

Do they at-least pay $30,400 a plate dinner or not for Democratic campaign fund-raising as some bloggers reported. I guess they are ones that think even that expense is a bah humbug waste, firmly believe that their secretaries should pay more taxes than them for the privilege of getting jobs in their companies and that they should get a complete free ride of making profits from taxpayer funded shared resources for the social service of sponsoring tea party.


progress | Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:29 pm 74
In response to hackworth1 @ 71

I guess this conference is all about VAT taxes. How to pay bills for common shared resources through VAT taxes.This will just be the final push to USA to put it in third world status.

On the bright side, People all over the world are getting tired of regressive taxation with growing disparity between two income levels. French are showing the way this week. In Britain PM Thatcher legacy is in shambles and is a sure-fire way to lose elections if anybody invokes her name. I guess in US we just had individual mandates for AHIP & Pharma from one party, now VAT or consumption tax talk from other side. Soon people will get tired of both major parties in their bi-partisan race to please top 1%. I guess third parties will emerge from both progressive and conservative sides soon enough.


moster | Wednesday October 20, 2010 01:42 am 75

…previous guests have included Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court…

Shouldn’t that be a much bigger story in itself? Political active justices? I doubt there’s any valid excuse for their presence as these are clearly political gatherings.


WitsendNJ | Wednesday October 20, 2010 06:16 am 76

I want to go! For 101010 in Washington DC we dressed like climate zombies and had a big banner that says: Koch Kills. Anybody want to go as a zombie and hand out fliers?

Here’s the flyer:

http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2010/10/kicking-koch-habit_10.html

and pictures of zombies with Joe Romm and Jim Hansen at the rally:

http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2010/10/101010-get-to-work-party-in-washington.html

Please contact me if anyone wants to mob the meeting at Rancho Mirage!


Phoenix Woman | Wednesday October 20, 2010 06:52 am 77

The Koch bozos are the ones who’ve left one hell of a Superfund mess in our fair state: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites_in_Minnesota

It’d be fun to take footage from ads paid for by Koch and then toss in shots of the toxic waste they leave whereever they go.


fatster | Wednesday October 20, 2010 09:02 am 78
In response to moster @ 75

I agree, and was just bringing that story over here for that reason. It deserves to be widely broadcast, doesn’t it?


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