ProPublica published a bombshell report detailing Thomas’ two known trips to the Koch’s annual donor summit, which is held in Palm Springs.
For his visit in January 2018, Thomas flew on a private jet and attended a dinner for the network’s millionaire donors. Staffers say he was invited so donors would be encouraged to keep giving.“These donors found it fascinating,” said a former staffer. “Donors want to feel special.
They want to feel on the inside.”Founded by libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch, the Koch group has spent hundreds of million dollars promoting conservative causes and right-wing candidates.
The network has brought multiple cases to the Supreme Court over the years, including one next session, which could greatly curtail the power federal agencies have to regulate the environment, labor rights, and consumer protection.