Two days after President Barack Obama attended a breakfast fundraiser in Laguna Beach, a politician who could succeed him was being feted by the Koch Brothers nearby.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) was among the power hitters who attended Monday's kick-off of the Kochs' Freedom Partners Action Fund at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort.
The super PAC's goal is to reportedly spend $290 million on elections.
Rubio's appearance there drew the interest of The Nation, which listed among the other "who's who of Republican political elites" at the event titled "American Courage: Our Commitment to a Free Society:" Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Reps. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Attendees apparently discussed strategy on campaign finance, climate change, healthcare, higher education and opportunities for taking control of the Senate. But the main goal, a source reportedly told The Nation, was "to make sure Hillary Clinton is never president."
The event was apparently capped by a special dinner at La Casa Pacifica–the former San Clemente home and "Western White House" of Richard Nixon. It's owned by Gavin Herbert, the founder of the pharmaceutical company Allergan and former Nixon confidant.
The reported title of the dinner, headlined by Rubio: "The Immigrant Experience."
Because when you're in the St. Regis, naturally you think of the immigrant experience.