For Immediate Release
April 29, 2016
“¿Cómo se Dice ‘Koch Brothers Front Group’?
ANSWER: LIBRE Initiative”
New Report Reveals How The Kochs Mislead Latinos to Pad Their Bottom Line
Washington, DC – Today, Latino Victory Project and Bridge Project released the report “¿Cómo se Dice Koch Brothers Front Group? ANSWER:LIBRE Initiative.” The report gives an overview of the billionaires’ “Latino” organization, and their deceiving tactics to rally Latinos to advance the Koch brothers’ financial interests–at the expense of Latino families and communities.
“We know the Koch brothers are no friends of the Latino community. Our families won’t be fooled by LIBRE Initiative’s tactics,” said Pili Tobar, Communications Director of Latino Victory Project. “They’re giving away free turkeys and offering English classes–and that’s nice–but it’s not going to convince any Latino voters to change their votes for politicians who want to line the pockets of Charles and David Koch while undercutting Latino families across America.”
“The Kochs’ transparent ploy to deceive Latinos with LIBRE is shameful,” said Eddie Vale, Vice President of American Bridge 21st Century. “They’re organizing Latinos against their own self-interests for the benefit of the billionaires’ agenda.”
LIBRE Initiative disguises itself as a non-partisan, free-market, grassroots organization, working to advance the well-being of Latinos in the United States. But LIBRE has proven time after time that their only goal is to advance the Koch brothers’ agenda at the expense of the community they supposedly serve, Latinos.
LIBRE Initiative is vocally opposing the deferred action programs for Dreamers and parents of U.S.-born children, known as DACA and DAPA. They are campaigning against any debt restructuring relief to Puerto Rico to protect billionaires and vulture hedge fund bondholders. They oppose the Affordable Care Act under which nearly 5 million Latinos now have health care. They oppose an increase in the minimum wage that could help millions of low-wage Latinos out of poverty.
LIBRE is engaged in door-to-door activities in key battleground states. Although not registering new voters, LIBRE is collecting personal individual information as data for their database.
“With groups like LIBRE, the Kochs are gathering valuable information about potential Latino voters that they can sell and share with their Republican-endorsed candidates,” said Vale.
Tobar added, “Rather than helping expand opportunity for all, LIBRE Initiative is just another Koch shell front organization that serves only to deceive people, get them to vote for their candidates, or confuse them to the point that voters simply stay home.”