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Hyatt Tamaya booked solid by Koch brothers

—Jeff Radford, Corrales Comment

The super-secret political strategy session convened by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch (pronounced “coke”) at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya resort in August introduced Governor Susana Martinez to a stable of million-dollar donors.

Security was extraordinarily tight at the Koch brothers’ August 2-to-August 6 event at Santa Ana Pueblo, one of their twice-yearly socio-political celebrations of money, political power, and libertarian aspirations.

Private security forces blocked off all road access to the resort which had apparently been preemptively booked solid to prevent interlopers.

That strategy for privacy was corroborated by the Hyatt Tamaya’s website, which posted: “We would like to inform all of our guests that we will be fully occupied from August 3 through the afternoon of August 6. During these dates there will be no access to the resort and overnight stays, restaurant reservations, spa and salon appointments, fitness center, horseback riding, and golf tee-times will be unavailable,” as reported by political reporter Joe Monahan.

Some who were there said outgoing cell phone calls were blocked to prevent indiscretions that might embarrass the wealthy and politically connected.

It was not supposed to be publicly known who attended the expensive, ultra-conservative, libertarian meeting. Journalists digging at the time reported that Congressional House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan were present as well as Governor Martinez.

The identities of hundreds of other participants have remained undisclosed—until now.

KQB-TV news searched corporate jet tail number records to disclose that a visiting jet at Cutter Aviation was registered to Koch Leasing. The Corrales Comment can confirm that, among many other billionaire political donors, the world’s sixth and seventh richest people, Charles and David Koch, were indeed at the secret meeting, along with the fourth richest woman in America, Elaine Marshall, who inherited a 15 percent interest in Koch Industries.

The Koch brothers reportedly spent around $400 million dollars to thwart Barack Obama’s re-election. Aided by their political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers have become the poster child for outrage over the corrupting influence of anonymous big money in American politics.

Taking advantage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, Americans for Prosperity can receive and spend unlimited cash on political elections without disclosing donors’ names and affiliations. The Koch brothers’ father, Fred, was a founder of the radical right-wing John Birch Society.

An estimated three million dollars was spent on the gathering at the Tamaya resort, including some $400,000 dollars for reserved rooms.

Evidence related to the August 2 through 6 event reveals that other participants included coal mining executive Ben Statler, Waste Management’s chairman, Dean Buntrock, Brandon Stewart and Stephanie Vitkus of the Heritage Foundation, Pat Cronin with The Center for New American Security, Amway founder Rich DeVos, Wall Street Access Corporation former vice-president Charles Rentschler, venture capitalist Nancy Einhorn, Georgia-Pacific’s Jim Hannan, social media strategist David Erickson, and at least three other members of the Koch family.

Among other notables were Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of the 2010 book, The Battle: how the fight between free enterprise and big government will shape America’s future, and N.M. Congressman Steve Pearce.

Talk around the tables at one point focused on recruiting Governor Martinez to challenge Martin Heinrich for his seat in the U.S. Senate. She sat next to David Koch at dinner one evening.

Reprinted from the Corrales Comment.

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