Greenpeace protests at Koch brothers’ rally
Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch accused of distorting US democracy
by Ed Pilkington, in New York
Prominent figures on both the right and left of the US political spectrum gathered in the luxury enclave of Rancho Mirage in the Californian desert today amid increasingly heated debate about the influence of the secrecy-loving billionaires Charles and David Koch on the political process.
About 200 key figures in business, energy, the media and law were expected to assemble at a five-star hotel at the invitation of the Koch brothers for the latest of their twice-yearly discussion groups on how to forward their libertarian causes. The talks began at 1pm with sessions that focused on how to fight the Obama administration, which the Kochs see as a threat to the free market and unfettered wealth.
As the attendees arrived in their private jets, they were greeted by an airship that circled over the hotel’s golf courses and tennis courts bearing the logo: “Koch brothers dirty money.”