Liberal activists organized a rally Tuesday outside Koch Industries Washington, D.C., headquarters to protest the attempted takeover of the Cato Institute by the Koch brothers. No more than about 20 activists attended.
"A think tank providing independent analysis is very different from a think tank that simply does something on behalf of a political party or a corporate donor," said Zaid Jilani, communications and outreach director at United Republic. "We certainly have a disagreement with them about the role of money in politics ... but I also have a number of friends at Cato who are privately supporting us."
The demonstration — attended by no more than about 20 activists — attracted the attention of trackers from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative media watchdog group launched last month to counter the left-leaning Media Matters for America.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.