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From Mother Jones:

There's one main rule at the conservative donor conclaves held twice a year by Charles and David Koch at luxury resorts: What happens there stays there.

The billionaire industrialists and their political operatives strive to ensure the anonymity of the wealthy conservatives who fund their sprawling political operation—which funneled more than $400 million into the 2012 elections—and to keep their plans private. Attendees of these summits are warned that the seminars, where the Kochs and their allies hatch strategies for electing Republicans and advancing conservative initiatives on the state and national levels, are strictly confidential; they are cautioned to keep a close eye on their meeting notes and materials. But last week, following the Kochs' first donor gathering of 2014, one attendee left behind a sensitive document at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort outside of Palm Springs, California, where the Kochs and their comrades had spent three days focused on winning the 2014 midterm elections and more. The document lists VIP donors—including John Schnatter, the founder of the Papa John's pizza chain—who were scheduled for one-on-one meetings with representatives of the political, corporate, and philanthropic wings of Kochworld. The one-page document, provided to Mother Jones by a hotel guest who discovered it, offers a fascinating glimpse into the Kochs' political machine and shows how closely intertwined it is with Koch Industries, their $115 billion conglomerate.

The more than 40 donors courted by the Kochs include hedge fund and private-equity billionaires, real estate tycoons, and executives of top corporations, including Jockey International and TRT Holdings, owner of Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym. A number of them have never been identified as members of the Koch donor network, including Schnatter, one of the more prominent names on the list. An outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act, he is a longtime Republican donor who hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. The document notes that the pizza mogul was scheduled to meet with Ryan Stowers, the director of higher education at the Charles G. Koch Foundation. (Schnatter did not respond to requests for comment.)

(Photo of secret list after the jump)

Thar she blows:


The left column are the guests (note John "Papa" Schnatter). The middle "players" column are the Koch employees these guests are slated to meet with "1-on-1". Where is David Koch? Was he not feeling well? Lolz

Anyway, this is kind of a big deal, as these forty lizard people in the left column had hoped they would remain anonymous. Please check out the Mother Jones link, as it contains brief descriptions of everyone on the page:

Here is the secret document again, a bit larger:


Update 1:

A transcribed donor list (same as left-most column above):

Carl Berg
Ronnie Cameron
Charles Chandler
John Childs
Steve Clark
Jamie Coulter
Bob and Steve Fettig
Paul Foster
George Gibbs
Richard and Leslie Gilliam
Ken Griffin
John Griffin
Dick Haworth
Jerry Hayden
George Jenkins
Richard "Ric" Kayne
Dan Kirby
Fred Klipsch
Frank Kozel
Francis "Franc" Lee
Robert "Bob" Luddy
Hugh Maclellan
Kent McCarthy
Andrew Miller
Cecil O'Brate
Verl Purdy
Tom Rastin
George Records
Robert Rowling
Ted Saunders
John Schnatter
Tom Smith
Jaime Snider
Tina and Craig Snider
Dian Stai
Jim Stephenson
Jim Von Ehr
Debra Waller
Lew Ward
Dick Weiss
Dean Williams
Karen Wright

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