"The Libertarian party got a little too radical for us," [David] Koch says. Instead, he and Charles started creating and funding institutions to further their ideas. These include the Cato Institute...This was the beginning of "the Kochtopus," a term David uses himself, and of the twice-a-year Koch Brothers conferences, where attendees hear progress reports on their attempts to promote their ideas through political activity, public advocacy, think tanks, and academic programs. The conferences have grown from a dozen people a decade ago to "an amazing number of people" who want to attend now.How unradical has David Koch gotten?
Koch is attending the Republican National Convention as a Romney delegate:
Not even the most experienced reporter is likely to recognize him as he takes his seat in the New York delegation or struggles to make his way through the jostling crowds on the floor of the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa..."I like to engage where my part makes a difference," he says..."I have a point of view. When I pass on, I want people to say he did a lot of good things, he made a real difference, he saved a lot of lives in cancer research." Next to that, being a delegate to the Republican National Convention -- and getting jostled by the packed crowd on the floor -- is not such a big deal.