john-schnatter137Liberal muckraking mag Mother Jones has a story about an errant Koch Brothers doc falling into the public domain after a big conservative California powwow.

It seems the Wichita, Kan.-based brothers — who used their Koch Industries empire to finance conservative super-PACs such as Americans for Prosperity and black money campaign efforts — left behind a list identifying who they met with in Palm Springs, Calif.

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In their story, Mother Jones reporters Andy Kroll and Daniel Schulman focus on one particular pizza chain mogul in the Koch donor network by the name of John Schnatter.

Yes, that John Schnatter, who so famously complained in August 2012 the Affordable Care Act would add 11 cents to the cost of Papa John’s pizza.

Schnatter attracted major criticism after he said he’d cut hours for his 100,000 employees because Obamacare mandates that only employees who work more than 30 hours must be covered under employer’s health plans.

Later, he said he didn’t support or oppose the Affordable Care Act, going so far as to say “the good news is 100 percent of the population is going to have health insurance.”

Apparently, he’s changed his mind…

Mother Jones reports the Koch Brothers — still smarting from major setbacks in 2012 — are regrouping and vowing to fight on, with Obamacare as the main motivator.

Heading into the midterm elections, Koch Brothers-funded groups have spent more than $20 million on ads targeting congressional Democrats for supporting Obamacare, according to the story.

From the Mother Jones post:

After the brothers and their allies failed to win the Senate or unseat Obama in 2012, David Koch told Forbes that this setback would do little to deter them: “We’re going to fight the battle as long as we breathe.” At the Palm Springs conference, as the left-behind-list of VIP meetings shows, the Kochs are lining up serious financial firepower for the political fights of 2014 and beyond.

We’re guessing the reporters singled out Schnatter because he’s the only person at the Koch fundraising summit who’s on TV, the friendly face of the global company he founded, the nation’s third-largest pizza delivery chain.

The rest are mostly quiet billionaires such as Robert Rowling, co-founder of TRT Holdings, which owns Gold’s Gym and Omni Hotels. There’s only one other restaurant executive: Jamie Coulter, former CEO of the Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon restaurant chain.

Never heard of them, right?

But we’re guessing you’re going to hear a LOT more about this if only because tying a brand to a political stance has been painful for more than one company in the last few years.

Ask John Schnatter.

Terry Boyd has seven years experience as a business/finance journalist, and eight years a military reporter with European Stars and Stripes. As a banking and finance reporter at Business First, Boyd dealt directly with the most influential executives and financiers in Louisville.


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