"Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed," Deason said in a pointed message to
Indeed, there was a sense of frustration and urgency inside the private receptions and closed-door briefings at the Koch brothers' donor retreat this weekend in
No agenda items mattered more to the conservative Koch network than the
At least one Koch official warned that the
"If they don't make good on these promises ... there are going to be consequences, and quite frankly there should be," said
Deason, who is keeping the "
"I said, 'No I'm not going to because we're closing the checkbook until you get some things done,'" Deason said, noting he's encouraged nearly two dozen major
"There is urgency," said AFP president
The window for action may be even smaller, some Koch allies warned at the three-day donor retreat that drew roughly 400 participants to the base of the
Some hosted private policy discussions with donors while others simply mingled.
In between meetings, Rep.
"If we don't get health care, none of us are coming back," he said in a brief interview. "We said for seven years you're gonna repeal Obamacare. It's nowhere near repealed."
It's the same for an overhaul of the tax code, Brat said: "We don't get taxes through, we're all going home. Pack the bags."
While some donors threatened to withhold campaign cash, Koch's team outlined a broader strategy to help shape the debate.
The group is actively lobbying
"We are not committed to the
At the same time, Koch's allies are aggressively pushing forward on taxes.
The network is running what it describes as "a first wave" of digital ads calling on more than 50 House and
Another Koch donor,
"If we don't get anything done by then, the elections probably don't go very well," Wright said. "They may not go well anyway."