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Colorado Rep Cory Gardner and his wife Jaime took a $17,000 five-day trip to Ireland in August, paid for by the Republican Party Ripon Society and the oil-magnate Koch brothers-funded Franklin Center.
Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today called for a subpoena of White House records regarding the half-billion dollar taxpayer loan guarantee of Solyndra, a move Rep. Diana DeGette, the ranking Democrat on the panel, blasted as “an act of irresponsible partisanship.”
As the journalism industry limps along and public broadcasting comes under attack, the Koch brothers-- multimillionaire conservative-politics string-pullers-- have taken aim at the Center for Public Integrity, a twenty-year-old nonprofit investigative organization dedicated to making institutional power more transparent. The Center this month posted an influential piece on Koch lobbying activities to which Koch has responded with a targeted campaign of online ads that seek to discredit the Center's work. It's just the latest phase in the digital-era media war that has dealt repeated blows to unprepared pillars of professional journalism.
ASPEN -- Aspen isn't just a haven for liberals. Conservatives network, plot and stuff their war chests here too. A few recent A-list functions, at least two of them deeply shrouded in secrecy, underscore Aspen's importance to the Grand Old Party and the conservative ideologues who pull its purse strings.