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Audio smuggled out of the right-wing billionaire benefactor Koch Brothers' secret meeting in Beaver Creek last month has made headlines for the red-meat rhetoric it captured and for identifying the high-profile attendees who sneaked in and out of the event. The fact that Charles Koch welcomed the crowd by referring to the coming presidential election as a Saddam Hussein-style "mother of all wars" is unsurprising but also unsettling-- and not just because it's an aggressive overstatement. It's unsettling because there's a mystery tied to it. The vehemence of the call to action-- the high-intensity language and the plea for round after round of million-dollar donations-- seems poorly matched with the threat to the Kochs and their friends posed by the nation's conservative Democratic president.
Mother Jones today posted a story by Brad Friedman linking to audio secretly recorded at the Koch brothers conservative confab and so-called “dark-money fundraiser” at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch near Beaver Creek in June.