Clear your calendar at the end of January. Charles and David Koch, the secretive money men behind countless conservative and libertarian causes and candidates nationwide, are sending out invites for a
girls' weekend meeting of the Conservative League of Shadows at the Ranchos Las Palms Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.
Because there's no better time for right-wing billionaires to discuss killing cap-and-trade legislation than while being pampered with a Dilo Passion Hydrating Ritual.
The New York Times reports that the Brothers Koch, owners of Wichita-based Koch Industries, have a dense agenda for their wealthy conservatives pals to get to work on. "Together we will develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity," the invitation, printed on a spartan piece of white letterhead, proclaims.
There's no word in the Times piece about who will be scheming
under the sun with the Kochs, but at their last get together in Aspen in
June, Glenn Beck was a keynote speaker, and previous gatherings have hosted conservative bigwigs including Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sen. Jim DeMint. And, in an effort to broaden the shady network to include billionaires that love the Kochs' politics but balk at shelling out big dough to attend, Chuck and Dave are waiving
the $1,500 registration fee. That's a sweet deal.
But don't think this is going to be a pool party with white-haired guys doing cannonballs and half gainers in the spa's tranquility pool. "Our ultimate goal is not
'fun in the sun,'" a brochure that came with the invitation warns. Stopping the socialist takeover of our nation with a secretive meeting only open to the ultra-wealthy is serious work, you guys. Still, it probably wouldn't hurt to pack your trunks and Coppertone.
Here's the letter: