The New York Times and Think Progress each obtained a memo sent in September from Koch Industries owner Charles Koch — who, along with brother David, has quietly spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the years building a right-wing network of businessmen, think tank scholars, and political operatives — inviting hedge fund managers and industry captains and whomever else to his biannual "retreat." If the Kochs don't want so many people believing conspiracy theories about how they secretly control the country from behind closed doors, then maybe they should write hyperbolic personal pleas like this to their network of friends, because they will get leaked.
According to Think Progress, Glenn Beck, Karl Rove operative/fundraiser David Malek, Denver-based billionaire and owner of, The Weekly Standard, Phil Anschutz, Steve Bechtel, the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney, Ed Meese, Peter Schiff and Steve Moore,a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, all attended this gathering last year.
Although the Koches tend to be libertarian leaning (They are behind the Cato Institute) when it does not interfere with their operations at Koch Industries, they have a bizarre anti-Ludwig von Mises bias, to the point that they were furious and tried to stop Lew Rockwell when he launched the Mises Institute.
Murray Rothbard smelled a rat ages ago and ditched these guys. He stuck with Lew.