Daily Archives: February 3, 2012

Huffington Post: Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama

-By Amanda Terkel & Ryan Grim

February 3, 2012- At a private three-day retreat in California last weekend, conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and about 250 to 300 other individuals pledged approximately $100 million to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections.

A source who was in the room when the pledges were made told The Huffington Post that, specifically, Charles Koch pledged $40 million and David pledged $20 million.

The semi-annual, invitation-only meeting attracts wealthy donors, Republican politicians and conservative activists. Last year, hundreds of activists gathered outside the walled-off resort to protest the meeting. This year, however, the conference went off quietly.

Chicago Tribune: Koch brothers driving anti-Obama hate machine

-By Bill Press, Tribune Media Services

February 2, 2012- "If not now, when?" It's one of the most famous maxims of history, attributed to the great Rabbi Hillel, who's also credited with a down-to-earth version of the Golden Rule: "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary."

Now, here's your trivia question for the day: Who in our time revived that call to action with the challenge: "If not us, who? If not now, when?" Michael Moore? Barack Obama? Leaders of Occupy Wall Street?

No, not even close. Hillel's urgent plea "If not now, when?" was appropriated by oil billionaires Charles and David Koch in a letter of invitation summoning CEOs to a fundraising summit in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in January 2011. It was imperative that they join forces, explained Charles Koch, "…to combat what is now the greatest threat to American freedom and prosperity in our lifetimes" — the administration of Barack Obama.

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