Koch Brothers Unveil Hush-Hush Project Themis at Carlsbad Confab

by on June 25, 2012 · 2 comments

in American Empire, California, Civil Rights, Culture, Economy, Election, San Diego

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From San Diego Free Press

While a small group of protesters rallied in downtown San Diego to protest the Koch confab in Carlsbad, Charles and David Koch, who tied as the fourth richest Americans on the 2012 Forbes list, were holding their secret reception and biannual fundraiser in Carlsbad.

The Koch event, billed as “Path to Freedom 2012” completely took over the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort where rooms start at $1,250 a night. Security was tight, but not so tight that a reporter from Buzzfeed wasn’t prevented from sneaking in by trekking across the golf course. The only major breach of security at a Koch confab was in 2011, when advance notice of a Koch confab at the enclave of Rancho Mirage in the California desert led to raucous demonstrations outside the event.

From Buzzfeed:

The intensely private conservative brothers, heirs to a Midwestern refining fortune, have been seeking an increasingly broad influence on public policy, and contributions attendees a their conferences have in the past financed everything from the anti-union campaigns of Americans for Prosperity to the 60-Plus Association’s attacks on President Barack Obama’s health care plan. This year, the group — many of them low-profile, old-line industrialist families like the Kochs — is expected to spend nearly $400 million on a range of causes, the core one defeating Obama’s reelection campaign.

The Kochs have also been working quietly behind the scenes to increase their political clout by creating a vast database containing the details of potential Republican voters. The project was set up by the Kochs two years ago with $2.5 million in seed money, and was developed by a hand-picked team of the brothers’ advisers. The purpose of this weekend’s gathering was to unveil the project, code-named Themis, after the Greek goddess who imposes divine order on human affairs.

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avatar John Galt August 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm

“vast database containing the details of potential Republican voters”

Exactly how is that evil?

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avatar WC Turck September 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

The fear is that they are also creating a database of adversaries and those who do not share their political bent for targeting, harrassment and disenfranchisement in conjunction with bought and paid for functionaries throughout the goverment. Voting rights would be just one. Did you know your name can be removed from voter rolls and registration arbitrarily by partisans? That has always been predominently by Republicans. As the Kochs are private citizens play politics without oversight, this is a fundamentally evil effort. Right on OB. I’ll be referencing info from this piece in an interview with greg palast next saturday, september 8, 10 am on WCPT am820 in chicago on the radio and online.

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