There’s no doubt that big money will play a big part in the 2016 presidential election. With Hillary Clinton and her Democrat support groups and political action committees planning to raise something like $2.5 billion in the former secretary of state’s quest for the White House, the Republicans certainly need their deep-pocket donors to step up. And among those with the dollars to make a difference in the election, few are more significant or sought-after than the Koch brothers.
The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — the targets of frequent and vicious attacks by the Left, including Sen. Harry Reid — are highly influential in Republican politics, largely because of their generous financial donations to conservative candidates. As The New York Times reports: “Few donors have been courted as aggressively as the Kochs, whose network of political nonprofits, ‘super PACs’ and like-minded donors plans to spend almost $900 million over the next two years advancing conservative candidates and policies.”
So, when a Koch talks, people listen. And that’s exactly what happened Monday in Manhattan, when David Koch dropped what some are calling a huge clue about the GOP contender he and his brother would like to see secure the party’s nomination and go on to win the presidency. The Times article reports on what David Koch told the crowd at a fund-raiser for the New York State Republican Party, where the apparent Koch favorite, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, had spoken earlier in the evening:
“’When the primaries are over and Scott Walker gets the nomination,’ Mr. Koch told the crowd, the billionaire brothers would support him, according to a spokeswoman. The remark drew laughter and applause from the audience of fellow donors and Republican activists….”
Though Mr. Koch was reportedly explicit in denying that he was endorsing Walker, he described the governor as “terrific.” A Koch spokesperson indicated to the Times that the big-spending brothers would remain officially neutral during the primary campaign.
Still, as the article makes clear, major players in the GOP presidential field, including Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, have made a point of seeking private meetings with the Kochs. A certain Kentucky senator also made sure his praise for the Kochs was very public.
“Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote an opinion article for Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ issue last week, praising the two men for their ‘passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas.’”
Given what the Kochs and their political associates reportedly spent during the 2014 election cycle, according to a post on National Journal, it’s no wonder GOP hopefuls are making every effort to be on the brothers radar.
“The two groups at the heart of the Koch brothers’ political network spent a combined $100 million on competitive races in 2014, spokesmen for the organizations tell National Journal.”
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth