UPDATE: Walker Met With Koch Brothers at "Dark Money" Event Last Summer in Aspen, Not Vail | WisCommunity

UPDATE: Walker Met With Koch Brothers at "Dark Money" Event Last Summer in Aspen, Not Vail

Yesterday I wrote that a reporter in Colorado, Troy Hooper, had noted in an article he wrote last July, that Governor Walker and a group of other Republican Governors had attended an event in the area hosted by the Koch brothers.

I assumed the event Hooper was referring to was a so-called "dark money" event hosted by the Koch brothers at a nearby resort outside of Vail, a month earlier.  (This was incorrect and I apologize for the error.)

The event Hooper was referring to was something called the "Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable," which, according to Hooper, was

Increasingly the Koch brothers, both in their 70s, are becoming visible in Colorado, where they own trophy homes in Aspen and throw lavish laissez faire strategy sessions with captains of industry. This summer they convened , where they vetted Texas Gov. Rick Perry's right-wing mettle weeks before he announced his bid for the presidency.

According to a about the event, Walker and several other Republican governors attended the event, which was simarly secretive as the Koch event near vail:

The event is a quarterly meeting of the RGA’s Executive Roundtable, bringing together Perry and at least seven other governors with about 200 donors. There are two dinners scheduled as well as a series of policy discussions. Invited donors have contributed at least $25,000 to the organization, according to a source who described the event on the condition of anonymity.

Nice.  Nothing like "policy discussions" with the Koch brothers and 200 of their richest friends.

According to a news report, the Koch brothers funnel millions into the Republican Governors Association, which spent 3.4 million in support of Walker in 2010.  In addition, the Koch brothers also are the cheif donors of Americans for Prosperity, which also spends millions in Wisconsin in support of Walker and his allies.


January 12, 2012 - 12:19pm