Billionaire Masters of Big Business Arrive in Colorado Springs — Koch brothers held political donor retreat last weekend at Broadmoor

Masters of Big Business Gather in Colorado Springs – Discussing how to further concentrate power over politics and money?

Corporate jets line the ramp at the Colorado Springs airport for the Broadmoor donor retreat

This is the group pushing the phony corporate “Right to Farm” amendments, destructive global trade agreements, and anti-family farm legislation across the country. They are featured in the book Dark Money, by Jane Mayer.

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Koch brothers hold political donor retreat this weekend in Colorado Springs

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner will attend the Freedom Partners event

Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack, The Associated Press

David Koch and his brother Charles will host conservatives at The Broadmoor this weekend.

By jfrank

PUBLISHED: July 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

The nation’s top conservative donors will gather this weekend in Colorado Springs as part of a retreat hosted by Charles and David Koch that will draw Republican leaders.

The biannual Freedom Partners seminar starts Saturday at the Broadmoor Resort, a day after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a fundraiser and campaign event miles down the road at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The three-day conference is expected to draw several hundred people from across the country.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is confirmed to attend part of the event, according to a spokesman. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, who lives in Colorado Springs, is not attending, his campaign said.

The conference will focus on the network’s policy work and political efforts in various states, as well as its efforts to fund academic and think tank research, among other things. Often libertarian-leaning, the policy discussions include topics such as criminal justice reform, government spending and occupational licensure.

The Koch network is a significant force in the conservative arena and pumped big sums into Colorado in the 2014 election cycle, helping to elect Gardner and a Republican state Senate majority.

This year, it’s unclear how involved the Koch brothers will get in Colorado, as they are sitting out the presidential race given their distaste for Trump. The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity is currently working in Colorado to defeat Democrats up and down the ballot and a citizen-led initiative for state-run health care.