A "conservative source" told Politico that the bros. were "rattled" by the new scrutiny they're under. "They somehow thought that they could run tens of millions of dollars in ads, but fly under the radar screen and that nobody was going to find out," said the source. "So they're scrambling now because they weren't nearly as prepared for the fallout as they should have been."
Politico's source chose to remain anonymous because the bros. "are known for retaliating against allies and former allies deemed insufficiently loyal. For instance, the source cited the company's investigation to determine who leaked a packet of Koch literature that included a list of the attendees of the previous donor meeting, held in June in Aspen, Colo., and an invitation from Charles Koch inviting potential participants to the Rancho Mirage meeting."
What's scarier to the Koch Bros. than Democratic government? Sign-waving liberals outside their posh resort and media reporters inside:
Inside the resort at the beginning of the conference, "there was an atmosphere almost of paranoia," said Gary Ferdman, a Common Cause official.
Ferdman had reservations at the resort and stayed there Thursday and Friday night. He said he was told Saturday that his lunch reservations at the resort restaurant had been canceled and was urged to check out and leave promptly by a member of Koch's large security detail.
Security manned every doorway and stairwell near the ballrooms where Koch events were held, and threatened to jail this POLITICO reporter while he waited in line at the resort's café, after he stopped by a Koch conference registration table.
The resort grounds were "closed for a private function," the resort's head of security, James Foster told POLITICO, ushering the reporter outside, where private security guards, wearing gold lapel pins bearing Koch's "K" logo, threatened "a citizen's arrest" and a "night in the Riverside County jail" if the reporter continued asking questions and taking photographs.