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NY Times: Kochs Set for Long Battle to Win Hearts, Minds

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation President Tim Phillips (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 06:56 PM

Americans for Prosperity's "Grassroots Leadership Academy" is diligently working to educate local activists to spread the conservative word, but is prepared for that to take a while, The New York Times reported.

The political advocacy group funded by Charles and David Koch is holding the seminars in communities across the country in an effort to train local advocates who can knock on doors and lobby lawmakers, Ashley Parker and Maggie Haberman wrote.

Sessions have been held in about three dozen states, according to the Times, and about 10,000 people have attended.

Two six-week courses are offered, followed by "intensive" three-day training at the group's headquarters with travel and hotel stays covered by Americans for Prosperity.

The step-up in activity was spurred partly by Donald Trump's rise to the GOP nomination for president.

"We want a cultural shift of people being able to know what they want and how to talk to the people in their communities, so that in the future, when there are political leaders that want to demagogue free-market issues, they do hit resistance," Americans for Prosperity public affairs director Levi Russell told the Times.

Trump has spent his campaign opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying they take American jobs.

"This Republican nomination battle for president has demonstrated that no issue is ever fully won," Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said. "You must keep competing and explaining. For example, why free trade is better, why entitlement reform is necessary."

The training academy began in February 2015 with $3 million in funding after Republican Mitt Romney's unsuccessful 2012 White House bid.

The group looked at their opposition's secrets to success as a model.

"It was incredibly relationship-driven; it was truly at the grass-roots level," Grassroots Leadership Academy Vice President Slade O’Brien said. "And they didn't have to agree on everything to agree to work on something — that incremental victories matter, and they would work on those rather than swing for the fences and try to hit a home run."

He also said they learned to be in it for the long haul.

"You can’t just show up at somebody’s door six weeks before an election and build a relationship with them," O'Brien said.

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