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<div class="hnews hentry item">[[File:f340.png]] '''<span class="url entry-title">[https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/exclusive-behind-koch-brothers-secret-billionaire-summit/ Exclusive: Inside the Koch Brothers' Secret Billionaire Summit]</span>''' <span class="updated">June 17, 2014</span>, <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Lauren Windsor</span>, <span class="org organization-name">The Nation</span></span>
<span class="entry-content">Charles and [[:Category:David Koch|David Koch]] wrapped up their annual summer seminar on June 16 in Dana Point, [[:Category:California|California]], at the St. Regis Monarch Bay resort—a fitting location for two men whose combined net worth is more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The highly secretive mega-donor conference, called "American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society," featured a who's who of [[:Category:Republican|Republican]] political elites. According to conference documents obtained through a source who was in attendance, Representatives [[:Category:Tom Cotton|Tom Cotton]] (AR), Cory Gardner (CO) and [[:Category:Jim Jordan|Jim Jordan]] (OH) were present, as were Senators [[:Category:Mitch McConnell|Mitch McConnell]] (KY) and [[:Category:Marco Rubio|Marco Rubio]] (FL). Cotton, Gardner and McConnell are all running for the Senate this year; Jordan for re-election in the House. Rubio is widely considered a major contender for a [[:Category:2016|2016]] presidential run. According to the documents, the conference attendees discussed strategy on campaign finance, climate change, healthcare, higher education and opportunities for taking control of the Senate. (The draft agenda is available for viewing here.) Ad Policy
According to another source who also attended the conference, 300 individuals—worth at least a billion each—were present. This source said that the explicit goal was to raise $500 million to take the Senate in the [[:Category:2014|2014]] midterms and another $500 million "to make sure [[:Category:Hillary Clinton|Hillary Clinton]] is never president." Three hundred billionaires in attendance is likely an exaggeration; to put that figure in perspective, there are 492 total billionaires in the United States by [[:Category:Forbes|Forbes]]'s count. The Koch network raised an estimated $407 million in the [[:Category:2012|2012]] presidential election, according to an analysis by The [[:Category:Washington Post|Washington Post]] and the [[:Category:Center for Responsive Politics|Center for Responsive Politics]].