The Koch network, avatar of the tea party, rejects shutdown protests - 2020-04-22
In 2009 and 2010, groups sponsored by the Kochs helped organize hundreds of rallies and paid to transport protesters to town hall meetings with members of Congress. Koch-sponsored groups also staged a dramatic cross-country bus tour and posted "Tea Party Talking Points" online; one group urged members to send tea bags to Obama.
But in the end, some top Koch network officials concluded that the network didn't make enough gains from the tea party movement for the combative approach to be worthwhile. In particular, grassroots conservatives largely abandoned the goal that was once the backbone of their movement — dismantling Obamacare — after Trump came into office. New, more populist priorities, like curbing immigration, supplanted the small-government message of the Kochs.
"I think there's been a lesson," said Frayda Levin, a board member at Americans for Prosperity. "We saw what we wanted in the tea party. It didn't work out like we'd like. And now we're much more practical."