Koch brothers: Tea Party funders' meeting near Vail draws progressive protesters (PHOTOS)

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While William Koch was paying $2 million for a photo of Billy the Kid, his brothers, conservative lightning rods Charles and David, were meeting at the Ritz-Carlton resort at Bachelor Gulch near Vail -- a get-together that spurred a protest stirred up in part by ProgressNow Colorado. Why? According to executive director Kjersten Forseth, the Koches "are leading funders of the Tea Party, and the countless unnamed groups who appear on TV every election spreading misinformation."

In a statement on view below, Forseth adds, "This secret conference is where they plot the next steps."

Look below to see ProgressNow photos of the protest and resort, as well as the full release:

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ProgressNow Colorado release:

Colorado Progressives to Koch Brothers: End Your War on the Middle Class

BEAVER CREEK: Progressives from around Colorado gathered today near a top strategy meeting of conservative funders, officials, and opinion makers near Vail, Colorado organized by the billionaire Koch brothers, to demand an end to recent attacks on Medicare and Social Security, and other institutions vital to the middle class in America.

"The billionaire Koch brothers are leading funders of the Tea Party, and the countless unnamed groups who appear on TV every election spreading misinformation," said Kjersten Forseth, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. "Their agenda is simple: they want to dismantle Medicare and Social Security, cut education and every other source of public funding beneficial to America's middle class, while giving the wealthy and big corporations even more tax breaks."

"This secret conference is where they plot the next steps," said Forseth.

Word of the Koch brothers' unpublicized conference near Vail this weekend first leaked in an obscure Virginia news report about the upcoming travels of that state's conservative Gov. Bob McDonnell. The previous Koch conference, held in Palm Springs, California last January, was met with a large protest of progressives seeking transparency--and more importantly, truth in advertising.

"ProgressNow Colorado does not oppose political donations," said Forseth. "ProgressNow Colorado is against using corporate profits to attack Social Security, Medicare, and vital institutions that the Koch Brothers want to dismantle for future generations. We're against making painful cuts to education, health care, and transportation while giving rich people and big corporations more tax breaks."

"A larger problem for the Koch brothers, and other corporate funders of the right wing, is what happens when their consumers and shareholders figure out how the profits are being spent," said Forseth. "Our message for the Koch brothers for today is simpler: take all of the swanky vacations in our beautiful state that you want, because it's great for our local economy, but please end this war on America's middle class before it's too late."

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Marlis prays every day that she never sees the new Nazi in our country - Watch for deceptive rhetoric that is completely opposite of the truth.....


Was this the Colorado get-together where Charles and David got Rick Perry to fly up to receive his marching orders and kiss their ring?


Bill Koch was the twin brother who came out his mother's womb minutes apart from David Koch. Google the terms Koch Industries Organized Crime. Bill called his brother organized crime during a trial of theft of millions of indian oil, which the criminal brothers Koch LOST!

The Koch brothers KILLED Danielle Dawn Smalley and her boyfriend, a jury found in a US court, and awarded the Smalley familly $293,000,000.00 judgement against the KILLER KOCH BROTHERS. (Google: Koch Killed Smalley).

A Federal court found that the Koch Brothers stole oil from Indian lands "literally million of times" and fined them over $1,000,000. (Google: Koch Organized Crime).

Koch Brothers paid $30,000,000 CRIMINAL FINE for polluting land, water and air in six states, Plus another $5,000,000 in civil penalties. Add another $20,000,000 CRIMINAL FINE for losing a hundred tons of toxic cancer causing benzene in and around the bodies of the people of Corpus Christi, Texas. (Google Koch Industries CRIMINAL FINE).

Koch Brothers network of propaganda factories aided and abetted the R.I.C.O. FELONY FRAUD Tobacco Mafia to kill 400,000 Americans per year. Rupert Murdoch was director of the Koch Cato Institute, along with a vice president of Philip Morris Tobacco Company during the exact years that a federal court convicted Philip Morris of committing felony fraud and racketeering. The Racketeer Murdoch was directing Philip Morris at the time to place $75,000,000 ads per year in his TV guide product so kids could get attracted while looking up the schedule for Barney the Dinosaur. The Racketeers Koch provided luxury employment for Tobacco Mafia OPERATION WHITECOAT fraudsters, and laundered tobacco payoff money to science frauds. (Google: Operation Whitecoats).

Tell me again how many convictions and CRIMINAL fines Soros has?


Wow...the people who've spent the last century building massive government are getting their panties in a bunch over attempts to control the beast.  I guess it's not surprising.


BTW, Soros latest endeavor to infiltrate GOP and conservative doings is

Don't let these bought out reporters into your event. They are fully funded by Soros, AOL/Time Warner and HuffPo...

The left has the nerve to accuse us of taking money from the Koch Bros.. not true.. while they allow this utopian socialist no borders megalomaniac to buy up media, governments, candidates, whole political parties, and presidencies.


This is insane.. LOL These people are conspiracy theorists. The Kochs do NOT fund any tea parties and that's a fact. They have had conservative groups long before the tea party. We get no money from the Kochs or anyone else.

The progressives don't mind communist George Soros infusing his billions into controlling education, the media, elections, and even the white house which does his bidding through the center for american progress. What tools progressives are for the very rich utopian megalomaniacs like Soros!

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This is absurd. I can understand any conservative having a problem with the existence of Soros, though he has been vilified in various ways that are outright lies (see Glenn Beck's comments on Soros re: the Holocaust), and if you have a problem with exorbitant amounts of money in politics then you need to have beef with the Koch Brothers as well.

But it's the height of silliness to accuse lefties of being conspiracy theorists on this page and then call a leftist machine of infiltration. was launched as an attempt to take on some of Craigslist's market share by doing a for-profit version of that site with local community reporters. Scan the headlines from any local Patch site for evidence of the red scare sweeping the country: "City of Alameda Secures Additional Boat for Water Rescue" "All the Meat and Kimchee You Can Eat at Korean BBQ"

The next time I have dinner with a few journalist friends who have worked for Patch, we will laugh ourselves silly at this kind of paranoid rambling. For people who often tout the idea that business is greater than government, the Tea Partiers often have hilariously misleading and wacky ideas about how businesses work.

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