You've Never Heard of GOP's Biggest Money Machine
Freedom Partners spent $250M, and there are Kochs involved
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 12, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
In this April 11, 2011 file photo, David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries, attends a meeting of the Economic Club of New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

(Newser) – The biggest single donor to conservative groups in the last election cycle was a group that, until today, was all but unknown. Freedom Partners spent $250 million in the 2012 race, according to a soon-to-be-filed tax document the group provided to Politico, more than any one group. All of that money came from about 200 donors who each gave "annual dues" of at least $100,000. The members are recruited at conferences held by David and Charles Koch, and Koch companies provide "minority" funding.

"There's a mystery around us that makes an interesting story," Freedom Partners' president says. "There's also a vilification that happens … when your opposition thinks you're secretive. Our members are proud to be part of [the organization]." That pride doesn't extend to publicly identifying themselves, but the document represents what Politico calls a "Rosetta Stone" for conservative groups, showing how many got their funds. Perhaps the biggest beneficiary: The Center to Protect Patient Rights, an anti-Obamacare advocacy outfit that received $115 million. Click for the full story, which includes a list of all groups that got cash from Freedom Partners.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 15, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
GOP could have a Mt. Everest of gold and still not outspend Dems. That's considering the trillion dollars spent by the entire DP support system of Kaiser, Zuckerberg, Oprah, Heinz, Spielberg, Streisand, B. Walters, E. Degeneres, Lucas, Carlos Slim and J.K. Rowling (PAC contributions), Don Tyson Family, G. Cameron, Kennedy Klan, and practically the entire membership of SAG, AMPAS, Actors Equity, AFL/CIO, and Communist Party (PAC contributions). Its a crap load of cash the GOP would not ever dream of having. I mean Obama raised just a billion dollars to fund a satellite network to get elected. Michelle Obama 2014. She's the lady. She would make a fine prez. If we cant get her, I'll accept Biden I guess. I would vote him over the Queen of Mean, the hag of the Ozarks in a microsecond.
1freeusa
Sep 15, 2013 8:33 AM CDT
Conservative 1 % group spends $250,000,000.00 supporting conservative causes. Conservative 1 % group spends $250,000,000,00 and still loses in their agenda ======PRICELESS Im proud to be a liberated American
bluscot
Sep 13, 2013 8:17 AM CDT
Wow! These guys are cheapos compared to the donations of the Democrat's plutocratic billionaires!