Koch brothers reach out to Hispanics

The skyline of San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The skyline of San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Looking to make inroads with Hispanics, Republican activists are offering English lessons, health checkups and courses to help Spanish speakers earn high school diplomas.

Picking up some of the tab are conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch.

The industrialists are working to patch a gaping hole in the GOP coalition that could lead to the party’s irrelevance if Republicans can’t build credibility among Hispanic voters. The fast-growing group could have tremendous sway in American politics in coming years, but their support has proved elusive for Republicans.

Enter the Libre Initiative, which pushes a message of limited government and economic freedom. Its organizers pitch conservative ideals while offering tutorials on U.S. immigration law and giving away Easter baskets.

It’s a subtle push, but one Republicans have struggled with.

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