"Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead"

"A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one.

Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute  in Washington to the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s landmark law capping greenhouse gases, is planning a confidential meeting at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa to, as an 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 invitation, sent to potential new participants, offers a rare peek at the Koch network of the ultrawealthy and the politically well-connected, its far-reaching agenda to enlist ordinary Americans to its cause, and its desire for the utmost secrecy."

Kate Zernike reports for the New York Times October 19, 2010.


"Chamber: Worry About Energy Regulations, Kids" (Politico)

"Upton Promises Regulatory Blockade in House" (Mother Jones)

"Prop. 26 Opponents Say the Measure Would Let Oil, Tobacco and Alcohol Companies off the Hook" (San Jose Mercury News)

Source: NYTimes, 10/20/2010