The Koch-funded LIBRE Initiative claims their mission is to advance liberty and freedom in the Hispanic community. The group is actually a shameless ploy to make inroads with a fast growing constituency in advance of the 2016 elections.
Just yesterday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the Center for Shared Services, a recruiting arm for Koch-backed organizations, posted openings for LIBRE Initiative jobs in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, and Virginia – states with that also happen to be heavily contested in the 2016 elections.
According to Conservative Transparency, Freedom Partners, the Koch money machine, donated $3.3 million in 2013. In addition, LIBRE has received large donations from other Koch-related groups.
While LIBRE wants you to think that they are empowering Hispanics, they are actually promoting the Koch agenda at the expense of Hispanics by campaigning for policies that would hurt the community. As UCLA political scientist Matt Barreto said, LIBRE is “definitely trying to get people to vote against their self-interests.”
LIBRE opposes the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has helped to decrease the uninsured rate for working-age Hispanics from 36 to 23 percent; LIBRE opposes minimum wage increases, which would disproportionately help Hispanics; and LIBRE supports voter ID laws that disenfranchise Hispanic voters. LIBRE has also campaigned against candidates that support immigration reform due to their support of the Affordable Care Act.
The LIBRE agenda is indistinguishable from that of any other Koch-bankrolled group. They are just the latest Koch campaign to co-opt the GOP.