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Charles Koch Compares His Conservative Mission to the Fight to End Slavery

The conservative billionaire calls on fellow donors to dig deep, and likens his cause to the civil rights movement, among others.
Charles Koch photographed in 2007.

Charles Koch photographed in 2007.

Photographer: Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images

The billionaire political donor Charles Koch compared the work of his organization, which pushes for free markets and less government regulation, to that of American movements to end slavery and win equal rights for women and minorities.

Urging a roomful of wealthy conservatives gathered at a luxury hotel California to increase their commitment to his group's efforts, he called upon them to draw inspiration from leaders including the Founding Fathers, abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.