The Kochs and the Veil of Secrecy

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Sept. 29 2010 3:02 PM

The Kochs and the Veil of Secrecy

I've been

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about how the Koch family is adjusting to its new, Soros-like scrutiny from the media, after many years of happily funding libertarian causes with no one really batting an eye. Here's an example. Every year, the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation has a reception for current and former Koch Associates, graduates of a rigorous, paid, job and study program. In previous years, it was announced, Koch himself showed up, everyone enjoyed themselves, no problem. This year, however, the location is being kept a mystery only a day before the reception is held. An e-mail inviting KAP associates, sent last week, said that the foundation was "still nailing down the exact details for the venue," and invitees have not gotten a firm update since then, limiting the risk of a leak. In 2009 it was a convivial libertarian get-together; in 2010 it's at risk for journalistic exposure. The power of a

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profile, revealed.


David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.