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By KENNETH P.  VOGEL and TARINI PARTI |  6/15/12 4:35 AM EDT

The Koch brothers’ political operation has increasingly come to resemble its  own political party — and later this month in San Diego, it will hold what  amounts to its most ambitious convention to date.

Many of the dozens of rich conservative invitees are expected to write huge  checks to a pool of cash distributed among Koch-approved groups, potentially  boosting the Kochs’ 2012 spending plan beyond their historic $395 million goal. And it’s also a chance for the Kochs to  show off their increasingly robust political machine, including a growing voter  database project called Themis that played a major role in conservatives’ recent efforts in Wisconsin and in which  POLITICO has learned Koch operatives have discussed investing $20 million.

It’s part of an ambitious expansion of the billionaire brothers’ political  operation that includes the recruitment of new donors and fundraisers into their  network by a development team led by summit emcee Kevin Gentry, and their recent  hiring of in-house political operative Marc Short to oversee the spending of  funds raised at the summits.

The expansion is also reflected in Charles and David Kochs’ bid to take over the libertarian Cato Institute as well as  their operations steering cash to groups that aren’t commonly thought of as Koch affiliated. The 60 Plus Association, American Energy  Alliance, American Future Fund, Americans for Limited Government and National  Right to Life have all received funds through the Koch donor network.

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Think Progress- By Josh Israel  on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

In recent years, billionaire oil magnates David and Charles Koch have bankrolled the Tea Party movement, Republican candidates, and efforts to deny the existence global warming.  But less noticed have been their series of twice-yearly strategy coordination meetings for wealthy right-wing donors.  These secret confabs have attracted Republicans like Govs. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL), as well as former Fox News Channel talker Glenn Beck, Supreme Court JusticesAntonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and executives from the oil, banking, and health insurance industries.

The most recent meeting attracted two newcomers: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.  Between them, the Las Vegas casino-owner and his wife have reportedly plowed $10 million into a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC and have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican party committees and candidates already this cycle.

A Center for Public Integrity report suggests this may just be the beginning:

Adelson has recently indicated strong interest in backing other GOP allied groups, say fundraisers familiar with his giving. In 2010, Adelson wrote a seven figure check to Crossroads GPS, a non-profit advocacy group that doesn’t have to disclose its donors publicly which was co-founded by GOP super consultants Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.

The story quotes unnamed fundraisers “familiar with Adelson,” the American Crossroads super PAC and the 501(c)(4) Crossroads GPS, as expecting Adelson to “pump a few million dollars more” into one of the Crossroads groups this year, to help defeat President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. They also say Adelson is also considering writing a check to the American Action Network, former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)’s non-profit, to help preserve the Republican majority in the U.S. House.

Between the Kochs and the Adelsons, voters around the country should expect to see what voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida have seen in recent weeks: a seemingly unending stream of dishonest attack ads, paid for by billionaire-funded super PACs and tax-exempt organizations.

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