Koch Brothers Reach Out to Hispanics

Will Weissert, MSN, August 11, 2014

Conservative activists are looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school diplomas. Picking up part of the tab: Charles and David Koch.

The billionaire industrialists are working to patch a gaping hole in the Republican coalition that could spell a generation of irrelevance if Republicans cannot build some credibility with Hispanic voters, who typically shun Republicans. The fast-growing group could have tremendous sway in American politics for years to come. Party elders have acknowledged their struggles to win over Hispanic voters, who as recently as 2004 were roughly split in party preference.

Enter the Libre Initiative, an organization that has collected millions from the Kochs’ political network. Libre, which is pronounced LEE’-bray and means “free,” pushes a message of limited government and economic freedom between lessons on how to build family-run businesses and prayer breakfasts with Hispanic pastors. Its organizers pitch conservative ideals while offering tutorials on U.S. immigration law, support for overhauling the broken immigration system that stops short of campaigning for the Senate’s bipartisan bill and collecting donations for the unaccompanied children crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally.

In effect, it is a shadow Republican Party–one with a gentle emphasis on social services and assimilation over a central party often seen as hostile to immigrants and minorities.

“We’ve gone to areas that other conservative organizations don’t typically go,” said Libre’s Texas director Rafael Bejar, who helped distribute candy-packed Easter baskets at a San Antonio elementary school. Tucked in with the sweets: a pamphlet in English and Spanish noting that the national debt is approaching $17 trillion.

It’s a subtle approach, for sure, when compared to other groups’ sometimes angry rhetoric. While some conservatives are staging protests over the waves of immigrant children pouring into the United States, Libre is working with a Tucson, Arizona, church to collect donations for the children being held at federal sites. A similar effort in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the epicenter for the immigration surge, is on deck.

It’s merely the latest effort of the Koch-backed pitch to Hispanic voters and the effort to shape the future of the Republican Party and American politics. In June the United Negro College Fund, which provides scholarships to students attending historically black colleges, announced a $25 million donation from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation.

Libre now has operations in eight states in the hope Hispanics will repay conservatives with their votes. Organizers already have 3,000 Texas volunteers, and similar undertakings in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia.


An internal Republican National Committee report after the 2012 elections urged the party to consider more inclusive language about immigrants and Hispanics. The RNC paid for Hispanic operatives in California, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.


Looking to capitalize on the skepticism toward what critics call “Obamacare,” Libre has run ads against Rep. Pete Gallego, a Texas Democrat who represents the San Antonio and El Paso suburbs and whose district is 71 percent Hispanic. In Arizona, Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is being criticized for voting in favor of the health care law, and Libre has similarly blasted Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida with Spanish-language television ads.

Not everyone is convinced.

Abundant Life Church of God volunteer Dora Cantu was wearing a Libre T-shirt as she handed out food and clothing–but said she had no use for its conservative ideology.

“If you put God first,” Cantu said, “there’s little room for politics.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    So much for those “evil rich White ‘racist‘” Koch Brothers…

    • Oil Can Harry

      Notice the Kochs’ belief that you win over hispanics by handing out freebies to them.

      • Notice also that they are doing nothing to alleviate the alienation white conservatives feel for the GOP.

  • Watch leftist brains blue screen.

    Meanwhile, this is no surprise to any of us. The Kochs have been immigration enthusiasts for some time.

    • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

      The Cato Institute was founded by one of the Koch brothers. Cato provides talking heads to push amnesty/cheap foreign labor. From Wikipedia:

      “In 2004, Cato scholar Daniel Griswold wrote in support of President George W. Bush’s failed proposal to grant temporary work visas to otherwise undocumented laborers . . .”

    • Hal K

      Liberals just ignore this sort of thing. Even though George W. Bush supported amnesty, he was still viewed as a “racist” by liberals. Trying to prove to liberals that they are not “racist” is part and parcel of the mental disorder of mainstream conservatism. They think that what liberals fear is a black conservative. Nonsense. What they fear is whites advocating for their group interests. That is why it is suppressed so effectively, on both the left and the right.

      • LHathaway

        Whites do fear black conservatives, I think.

        • Augustus3709

          On the contrary, black conservatives are really the only type of blacks who are tolerable, because they generally believe in working hard for themselves and not taking handouts.

          • LHathaway

            Abstractions. Are you friends with many black conservatives?

          • Augustus3709

            More like I’ve heard a good amount of black conservative commentary.

          • LHathaway

            You’re a better man for having read them.

          • Cancer is tolerable just as long as it doesn’t spread too far.

            Anti-racists are playing an entirely different game than are the implicit racialists and Conservatives who bend over and touch their toes at the first mention of Racism. From the anti-racist point of view, whether they be Conservative or Liberal or Libertarian, the object of the game is to become more inclusive racially and increase the presence of non-White faces into White enclaves. The sideshow of being a liberal or a conservative is an irrelevant pile of garbage that has ZERO bearing on a race-based nation.

            An ideology or framework of ideas that isn’t centered around race ends up being the exact opposite—it ends up being anti-racist at its core. It really doesn’t matter if you have one million of the most intelligent, docile and well-mannered black people the world has ever known, because if your ideology doesn’t have firm standards of racial exclusion, then at some point you end up with the blacks who are on the opposite end of the spectrum. This is part of the reason we find ourselves in the mess we see today.

            Intelligent or “tolerable” black people who are anti-racist are no more of a benefit to a race-based nation than are their ignorant and violent kin. In all seriousness, I could probably argue a good case that they are even more harmful in the long run.

          • IBWHITE

            I’ve met many White “conservatives” praising the latest Black conservative savior – Ben Carson, Allen West etc. They never seem to realize that these people are extreme exceptions to the rule and are often out to reap financial rewards because the stupid party moves them to the front of the line. Collin Powell was supposed to be the ultimate Black Republican and look at the money and fame he received for it. That didn’t stop him from voting for BHO twice and calling anybody a racist who didn’t.

          • That’s precisely what the seesaw effect of liberal vs conservative is intended to do in a multiracial society. From a racialist perspective, it keeps people believing that they are advancing or moving while never actually giving them the freedom to move outside of a scripted narrative. Both camps argue about non-racial issues while they both go out of their way to push black and other non-White faces to the top of their respective camps. Conflicts arise, divisions form, we have heated exchanges of ideas and views, Democrats, blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, policies shift left and right, then shift back again… but the one constant of “not a racist” remains the same. It never moves away from being the pivot of both camps. The only difference is in the interpretations of that pivot point.

          • Augustus3709

            I appreciate your strictness and generally agree, but does a White nation need to be 100% White, or could there be room for perhaps 3-5% non-Whites who share the same vision and are willing to pull their own weight and contribute? It’s never a bad thing to have some wiggle room. This also minimizes the genetic problem of “Who is White?”

            When I say black conservative, I don’t mean a random black person who magically decides to become politically conservative. I really mean a type of genetic expression, a personality type which gravitates towards personal responsibility. Political affiliations are like tents. People go to the tent that suits them. They are rare, but if every black person was like Thomas Sowell, would they be so bad? You could also say, “if they’re so great, then let them lead their black nation somewhere else”. That is also a possibility.

          • You are conflating two modes of thinking that just don’t go together. One says that if black people are “tolerable” can/should we be welcoming them into the fold. The other says that a nation striving toward a model of racial awareness can’t be built on a foundation of people who don’t believe in a White racial nation.

            Five percent of a population being black or non-White is manageable(not ideal, but manageable), but only when there is a consensus on keeping the threshold at five percent, and only when that five percent works in a manner that consistently adheres to actions that keep racial demographics at a specific level. I didn’t mention 100% or anything like a one-drop rule. Would someone like Thomas Sowell be so bad? No, not really. But Sowell is NOT a racial nationalist who would be on board with setting up thresholds and boundaries along racial lines; therefore, his demeanor and general okayness is completely irrelevant to a society whose foundation is firmly planted in racial nationalism. This is why I simply don’t understand the rationale of people who conflate “politically conservative” with Nationalism built on race. Conservative is a fairly useless term to a racialist when Conservative ends up meaning the exact same kind of melting pot and anti-racist propaganda we hear from rabid Leftists.

          • Augustus3709

            When I said conservative blacks are tolerable I was talking about the current situation in the USA right now, in replying to a comment that said Whites “fear” black conservatives. I was not talking about a hypothetical future White nation. If however non-Whites were allowed a small percentage of the population for whatever reason, then a Sowell type would be a candidate. Not all Whites are geniuses and Sowell has spoken well to rip apart the stupidity of modern liberalism.

            That said I do not equate conservatism with racial nationalism. So long as it’s a White community it can be as “liberal” as it wants to be. That is the biological aspect of it, and why liberal Vermont is different from “liberal” Detroit. Conservatism is a red-herring if it allows big business to sell out the White people. Though, traditional values are more likely to be held by racially conscious people.

            In the end I’m not interested in over-philosophizing the semantics. Conservative, Liberal, whatever. Just make sure the White People have the opportunity to live in peace.

          • Pretending to work at faux, make-work government jobs, which really amount to paid, adult daycare.

            Fixed it for you.

          • Augustus3709

            I wouldn’t count cushy diversity government jobs as blacks working for themselves.

    • HE2

      The Koch families are large contributors to PBS TV.
      Note the unwelcome “diversity” agenda pushed in the scheduled programming.
      In a not so subtle way, so-called history programs portray coloreds of all tints as victims of White policies and culture.

  • Dave4088

    What a monumental waste of time and money. Mestizos won’t become “anarcho-capitalists” or be transformed into brown dittoheads with these various outreach efforts. Unlike white people, they want politicians that look and think like them and who will filch the white man’s hard earned money and property and bestow race based rights and privileges.

    • Pro_Whitey

      As if they give a turd what the national debt is . . . .

  • willbest

    Just once I would like a billionaire to give back to the country that made the obscenely rich simply by not trying to destroy it. Larry Ellison seems like a likely candidate, but he has signed onto Gates’ dubious billionaire charitable giving club.

  • If you’ve ever defended your views and opinions by saying “I’m not a racist, I am a _________________,” then you can’t really complain about conservatives doing things in specific ways in order to placate and pacify non-White hordes, even if it means throwing White people under the bus in the process.

    Ask for milquetoast racialism and that’s exactly what you will get.

    • bilderbuster

      If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a White person say “I’m not a racist but…”
      I’d have a million dollars to donate to non White organizations myself by now.

  • 4321realist

    25 million to the NAACP, which is nothing less that a rabid, lying, anti-white hate group that amounts to an enemy within which is a greater threat to this country than Russia, but look how the white weenies demonize Russia.

    Now this for Hispanics.

    These so-called conservatives are conservative only in matters of power and money.

    They’re just another faction of white weenies who have no idea what the real world is all about.

    This gift to the NAACP will buy them a lot of hate-whitey influence.

  • De Doc

    They really think the can buy the goodwill and political clout of these minorities with money. The experiment has been tried. Decades of a generous welfare state coupled with lax immigration and PC affirmative action policies have been readily available to Blacks and Hispanics paid for largely by White taxpayers. Are either of these two groups any less hostile to Whitey now?

  • Ringo Lennon

    Whenever you see Mexicans working on the side of the road you think how hard working they are. They’re actually sucking the system dry. And your paying for it. Besides those are jobs unemployed blacks should be doing. Oh, I forgot it’s beneath a black to do manual labor. The BS Whites have to put up with is unbelievable! I starting to hate this country. I would never fight for it.

  • Annabelle Pettyjohn

    What is the Republican Party going to do for my white vote? The Republican Party takes our white votes and throws us under the train. The Republican Party has rubber stamped every civil rights bill for blacks and other minorities while leaving its white base unrepresented without the ability to form civil rights groups to protect our interest. I am not voting anymore!!!!!

  • bilderbuster

    I’m with you mac and have trouble understanding how this isn’t obvious to so many otherwise intelligent people I know.
    They’ve been deluded for so long it seems that they can’t admit that they’ve been hoodwinked.

  • Paleoconn

    Kochs, Adelson, Zuckerberg, Bloomberg. Not on our side. No better than Democrats.