After having had private meetings with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will attend a “conservatarian” tech conference this weekend in Silicon Valley that is being organized by a former Jeb Bush adviser.
The Reboot conference is reportedly organized by a group called LincolnLabs, which is part of the “Koch brothers’ political network that targets young voters.” According to National Journal, “Garrett Johnson, one of LincolnLabs’ founders, formerly worked for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.” But even though he was one of the early users of the term “conservatarian,” he has no idea what it means.
“My full-time focus is not figuring out the ideological tenets of conservatarianism,” Johnson told National Journal.
Paul, who is gearing up for a likely 2016 presidential run, has met with high-tech moguls who have spent millions of dollars trying to defeat conservatives. He has privately met with Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who recently donated $350,000 to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) allies. They used Parker’s money to court liberal black and union voters while smearing conservatives to push Cochran past Chris McDaniel in the June runoff.
Paul has also privately met with Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at an exclusive conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Zuckerberg and his FWD.us group have poured in millions of dollars to pass amnesty legislation.