About 1,000 people protested a closed-door political retreat organized by Wichita’s Koch Industries and held over the weekend at a California resort. Protesters objected to the influence of corporate money in politics, particularly singling out Charles and David Koch. Koch Industries began holding the retreats in 2003. A statement on its website said the meetings were "an opportunity for attendees and presenters to discuss ways of preserving and advancing economic freedom in the United States and to share ideas about the free-market principles that have made our country great."
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