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GARNER, N.C. – Clutching Samsung tablets filled with interactive maps, eight conservative activists gathered in a Food Lion parking lot here on a sweltering summer afternoon to get their marching orders.
Knock on doors in this Raleigh suburb and identify residents opposed to President Obama’s health care law and his stewardship of the economy — all part of an ambitious voter-outreach campaign by Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch that is emerging as one of biggest outside forces of the 2012 election.
The Kochs, who own an oil, chemical and textile conglomerate that Forbes magazine pegs as the nation’s second-largest private company, have become the country’s leading figures of libertarian activism. The Koch duo (pronounced “coke”) has injected millions into an array of foundations, think tanks and political groups to spread their small-government, anti-regulation philosophy, which their critics argue matches their economic interests.
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