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Koch Brothers may sit out the Republican primary campaign

Charles Koch, one of the two Koch brothers who have used their wealth to promote Republicans in recent years, tells USA Today that he is not backing any candidate in the current presidential field and has no plans to do so until after the primary campaign is over.

The Kochs had previously identified a list of several Republican contenders whom they were considering, and at an earlier stage many political money-watchers believed the Kochs were getting behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Walker fizzled and is now out of the race.

Koch said he would need more than words from one of the candidates to get involved. USA Today quoted him as saying:

“If they start saying things we think are beneficial overall and will change the trajectory of the country, then that would be good, but we have to believe also they’ll follow through on it, and by and large, candidates don’t do that.”

Koch did add that he likely will help the Republican nominee in the fall campaign.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Bill Kahn on 11/12/2015 - 08:20 am.

    When their party has a pack of candidates telling essentially the same litany of whoppers and can only distinguish themselves attacking one another with some nuanced version of the truth carefully camouflaged so as not to undermine the whole grift, the money you throw in combusts spontaneously, I guess. That would be hard to endure for any business person. Nothing so painful as a bad investment, the essential nature of the GOP today. As a favor to the world the Kochs should just hang up all their political funding.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 11/12/2015 - 09:54 am.

    The Koches know

    that all the likely Republican nominees would give them the regulation and tax breaks that they want, so they ‘have no horse in this race’. They will funnel money to whoever the Republican candidate is.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/12/2015 - 11:39 am.

      That’s right

      If you want to live in a free society, any republican candidate will do.

      • Submitted by Hal Davis on 11/12/2015 - 12:26 pm.


        Any Democrats fall under that category?

      • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 11/12/2015 - 01:53 pm.

        Free society

        Mr. Tester may have just given us the most amusing MinnPost comment of 2015. It will certainly be on my short list.

        He’s correct, of course, unless you’re a female of reproductive age, a person of color or a recent immigrant, an employee making median income or less, a citizen even mildly opposed to theocracy, a retiree, or someone who thinks social engineering – which every government does – is better when it helps the majority rather than a tiny economic elite.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 11/12/2015 - 03:36 pm.

          In Fairness

          The Koch brothers are not heavily invested in the right-wing cultural causes so dear to the hearts of the Republican base. I don’t think banning abortion or artificial contraception are big issues for them. They are just using the theocrats as useful tools to put their own corporatist agenda into place.

          • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 11/13/2015 - 07:35 am.

            It’s a numbers issue, the others are drawn in because the number of people who think billionaires should receive preferential/deferential treatment is naturally small.

      • Submitted by Neal Rovick on 11/12/2015 - 09:34 pm.

        Just out of curiosity, are there borders in a free society ?

        People taking responsibility for their lives–moving where they want, working where they want–free from the demands of repressive governments.

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