Report: Koch brothers to ‘substantially increase’ role in GOP campaigns

May 1st, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Despite a 2012 election cycle where Republicans failed to win the White House, the billionaire Koch brothers are “planning to substantially increase their involvement in party affairs.”

That is according to the New York Times, which Monday provided some insight into the gathering of influential Republican donors that the Kochs held at the Renaissance Esmeralda hotel in Indian Wells over the weekend.

According to the report:

“They have not yet decided whether to intervene in Republican primaries, people involved in the discussions say. But the brothers want their network to play a bigger role in cultivating and promoting Republican candidates who hew to their vision of conservatism, emphasizing smaller government and deregulation more than immigration and social issues.

“They are also seeking closer control over groups within their network, purging or downgrading those that did not deliver last year and expanding financing for those that performed well.”

This was the 10th year that Charles and David Koch have held a conference in the desert, and the second year in a row that they’ve returned to Indian Wells.

They’ve previously favored hotels in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.

According to the Times, the guest list included Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, as well as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The two-day conference was held Sunday and Monday.

A Desert Sun reporter and photographer went to the Renaissance on Sunday, only to be escorted out by private security.

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