The Madeleine Brand Show for January 28, 2011

Protests at the Koch Brothers meetings

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Supporters of the Tea Party protest against Democrats and US President Barack Obama during an 'Americans for Prosperity November Speaks' rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 15, 2010. Charles and David Koch are major contributors to such groups. They will be holding a meeting over the weekend with wealthy business people to raise funds for conservative efforts.

This weekend the Koch brothers, Charles and David, are hosting a network of Republican party donors in Rancho Mirage, California. The goal is to raise money for conservative political causes. But liberal activists plan to stage a counter rally to call out the Koch brothers for having too much influence over politicians. Kenneth Vogel of Politico has the inside scoop on the event.

The Koch's have a controversial political history. They contributed heavily to Proposition 23 last fall. That's the failed ballot initiative that would have delayed California's global warming law. They are also major contributors to conservative and libertarian causes-- including one of the biggest Tea Party groups - Americans for Prosperity. This has made them the target of liberal activists who claim they have too much sway over national politics.


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