Tea Party

Koch Brothers Fight Back

The billionaire Koch brothers, who have been two of the Tea Party’s biggest sponsors, are fighting back against their critics. They’ve hired a P.R. team with experience working for Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger to reshape their media coverage; hired pollsters to figure out if their business, Koch Industries, has been damaged; are suing young environmental activists who pranked them for $100,000; and conducted an internal investigation to figure out who leaked an internal document from them. The brothers are currently hosting a four-day, closed-door meeting for conservatives near Palm Springs.