These four elected officials—U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-KY.), Govs. John Kasich (R-Ohio) and Nikki Haley (R-S.C.)—all attended the billionaire Koch brothers’ summit with the country’s “leading conservative donors” in California this weekend, according to the New York Times.
Those discussions unfolded over two days at the Renaissance Esmeralda, a sprawling golf resort that has previously hosted the Kochs’ twice-yearly conferences. The atmosphere was equal parts revival and situation room, participants said: Phones and electronic devices were banned from some panels, as Koch strategists detailed next year’s electoral battlegrounds and donors committed contributions to particular states or projects.