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In the summer of 2014, The Undercurrent obtained several hours of audio from a source present at the Koch donor retreat in Dana Point, CA. Then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate hopefuls Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst, and Cory Gardner were all captured on tape. The most telling audio featured Koch “grand strategist” Richard Fink, who spoke at length about rebranding the network with good intent and well-being.
The Undercurrent partnered with The Nation, Huffington Post, Salon, and the Center for Public Integrity to distribute the recordings, which generated hundreds, if not thousands, of television, digital, and print media hits. In her recent book, Dark Money, on the history of the rise of the Koch brothers’ network, investigative reporter Jane Mayer probed the Fink statements in depth.
The Undercurrent’s coverage has been cited on CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, local broadcast news, and many other outlets. Executive producer Lauren Windsor has appeared on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Breaking the Set with Abby Martin, Viewpoint with John Fugelsang, The War Room with Michael Shure, Background Briefing with Ian Masters, and Ring of Fire Radio.