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The Koch Brothers Won’t Support Trump, But The Republican Party Is Still Theirs

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The Koch Brothers Won’t Support Trump, But The Republican Party Is Still Theirs

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The Koch brothers held their bi-annual donor network gathering this past weekend in Colorado Springs and, although the infamous pair will not be supporting the Republican nominee for the presidency, they and their rich friends will invest heavily in Republican candidates down the ballot.

Charles Koch told an audience of about 400 conservative donors that at this point he cannot support Donald Trump, but he is “certainly not going to support Hillary” either. The 80-year old dismissed rumors that he would support Clinton as equivalent to “blood libel.”

Although donor gatherings like this one are a feature of the Koch influence in American politics, they are usually kept private. This year, a few reporters were invited on the condition that they would not identify donors without their permission.

The duo’s primary objective, according to Charles, are now “to preserve the country’s financial future, and to eliminate corporate welfare.” Those present at the meeting have promised to donate at least $100,000 each to the groups supported by the billionaire brothers’ Freedom Partners network, which lobbies for a “smaller, less intrusive government.”

“Since it appears that neither presidential candidate is likely to support us in these efforts,” Charles Koch told donors on Sunday, “we’re focused on maximizing the number of principled leaders in the House and Senate who will.”

So, make no mistake: While the Koch brothers have an ideological difference with Trump which they cannot overlook – on free trade — the Republican Party is still theirs.

The Koch’s Freedom Partners network has a budget of about $750 million, and they will spend it supporting Republican candidates, particularly those facing touch races across the nation.  Nearly $4 million of this money will be spent on three campaigns against Democrats in Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press reports:

Freedom Partners is spending $1.2 million in Nevada airwaves claiming Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto “drove Uber out of Nevada” while serving as state attorney general. In Ohio, another $1.4 million is going to attack former Gov. Ted Strickland’s economic record while he led the state. And in Pennsylvania, Freedom Partners is spending $1.3 million charging that Democrat Katie McGinty will look out for “the favored few” if elected.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, and Rep. Todd Young of Indiana will also get some help from the Koch’s.

The Kochs also funded an ad advocating against the candidacy of Wisconsin Senate hopeful Russ Feingold, a Democrat, which essentially accused him of murder for the bogus claim that he refused to respond to a whistleblower report about opioid abuse at a VA clinic. Many Wisconsin television stations refused to air the ad.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Republican House and Senate candidates have spent nearly $337 million this cycle not including outside money.

Photo: David and Charles Koch.    REUTERS/Courtesy Koch Industries

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13 Comments

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 1, 2016

    Being an archaic backwards-looking Party is one juvenile aspect of the GOP, but to be owned and operated by a couple of brothers who worship money and oil, the very definition of idolatry, is the lowest any political entity in the world can sink to.
    This unholy alliance of ill-gained oil money and the GOP is a death sentence for the GOP, but they skip along merrily unaware.

    The writing is on the wall, and we await the inevitable crumbling of this decadent branch of governance.

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    1. AgLander August 1, 2016

      Oil money is ill-gained, while currency manipulation for profit by the titular head of the Democrat party, George Soros, that has destabilized several countries is an honorable trade? You previously demonstrated that you are a racist but now we know you are also a dumb racist!

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      1. King of America August 1, 2016

        It’s hilarious that a white supremacist thinks they’re in a position to call other people racist.

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      2. Dominick Vila August 2, 2016

        Considering the close relationship between Donald Trump and George Soros, who was one of the four investors that funded the construction of the Trump Tower, why don’t you ask George or Donald that question.
        In any case, what does the alleged currency manipulation by a Hungarian investor have to do with what Aaron posted?

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      3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 2, 2016

        I’m not surprised that you’re still as dumb as a doorknob regarding the meaning of racism. Like so many others of your heritage, you’re too lazy to look up the word and understand its usage and when it applies and when it doesn’t.

        Ask your buddy Otto to assign you a number on the left of the median on that IQ chart of his which he worships. Your ignorance is astounding.

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    1. King of America August 1, 2016

      OK thanks for sharing the viewpoint of a Nazi traitor.

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        1. King of America August 1, 2016

          I wonder if you will ever notice that most people turn off media in Disqus? I guess there’s not really an entry exam for Stormfront.

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  2. AgLander August 1, 2016

    Meanwhile, the social radical and dangerous currency manipulator billionaire, George Soros, whose life goal is to curtail American sovereignty, will support Hillary Clinton, and the Democrat party continues to be under his firm control. When Soros sneezes, Obama catches a cold.

    http://humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/

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    1. King of America August 1, 2016

      “Curtail American sovereignty”? Oh, I get it – that’s Stormfront code for “white people aren’t allowed to be racist anymore WAAAAAAH”.

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    2. johninPCFL August 2, 2016

      Sure. Soros spends $10 million, the Kochs spend 3/4 of a $BILLION, but in your tiny, tiny mind that’s the same.

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    3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 2, 2016

      A juvenile and specious analogy.

      Reply

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