A secretive conservative group raised millions of dollars for right-wing causes and served as the outlet for the Koch Brothers ideas in the 2012 election.
September 12, 2013

Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Koch Brothers Exposed."

It was the largest donor to conservative causes in the 2012 election, and few people knew it existed. A secretive conservative group raised millions of dollars for right-wing causes and served as the outlet for the Koch Brothers ideas in the 2012 election. The group, called Freedom Partners, has about 200 members who pay $100,000 each in annual dues. It made $236 million in grants in 2012, outspending even Karl Rove’s massive American Crossroads. Freedom Partners president Marc Short gave the group’s upcoming IRS filing to Politico but refused to say who its donors are.


The filing offers a rare tour of the conservative movement and how it gets its funds:

• Center to Protect Patient Rights, a group that vehemently opposes Obamacare: a total of $115 million, from three grants.

• Americans for Prosperity, an organizing and advocacy group that is courted by Republican presidential candidates: $32.3 million.

• The 60 Plus Association, a free-market seniors group that also opposes Obamacare: $15.7 million.

• American Future Fund, an Iowa group that spent a lot of money on ads in 2012, many for Mitt Romney: $13.6 million.

• Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, which gets involved in a number of social policy debates: $8.2 million.

• Themis Trust, a Koch-based voter database that is made available to other conservative organizations: $5.8 million.

• Public Notice, a fiscal policy think tank: $5.5 million.

• Generation Opportunity, a group for “liberty-loving” young people: $5 million.

• The LIBRE Initiative, which targets a free-market message to Hispanic immigrants: $3.1 million.

• The National Rifle Association: $3.5 million.

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $2 million.

• American Energy Alliance: $1.5 million.

• And several groups — including the State Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots and Heritage Action for America — got less than $1 million each.

According to the report, Short said that “There’s a mystery around us that makes an interesting story. There’s also a vilification that happens that gets exaggerated when your opposition thinks you’re secretive. Our members are proud to be part of [the organization].”

But not so proud that those members will let their identities be known. The group's primary goal is the end of Obamacare. Who would want to go public as one of the asshats who want to rip healthcare away from any of the millions of people who now have coverage?

Even the group's name -- "Freedom Partners" -- like many a conservative group before it, is an effort to help them reconcile in their own mind that they are the "true" Americans, and everyone else is somehow lesser. The truth of the matter is that these "Freedom Partners" would just as soon spit in the face of real Americans who deserve real healthcare, and have it now thanks to our 'Kenyan-Socialist Black Man' of a President.

Mr. Short is wrong when he says that this is an "interesting" story. It's disgusting. So much money wasted on pushing policies that only benefit the group's wealthy members and their own warped view of what America is all about. I'd feel sorry for them if only their actions weren't so decidedly intentional.

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