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Do The Koch Brothers Have Too Much Influence?

Charles and David Koch are multibillionaires, and enormous donators to conservative causes and candidates. Those on the left feel the brothers yield too much influence. Do the Koch Brothers have too much power in right-wing causes?

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Do The Koch Brothers Have Too Much Influence?  

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last 24 hours | salon
The Koch brothers just took a huge step toward a GOP civil war - Salon

"...The Republican base has exerted its strength at the ballot box the last few cycles by challenging and beating incumbents, even some in the leadership like former House majority leader Eric Cantor. Now the Koch Brothers, the wealthy patrons of the Tea Party cause, are taking over the voter data files. You can certainly see why the party establishment might be alarmed.They evidently didn't see this coming when they entered into an unorthodox sharing arrangement with the Koch's political empire to share information about their voters prior to the last mid-term elections. But when the deal expired and wasn't renewed, many Republican candidates evidently decided to abandon the Party and go with the Kochs. As you can see, Party officials are not amused. Some worry that in the age of Super PACs the Party itself may be becoming superfluous...." see full article

1342 days ago | washingtonpost
Could the Koch brothers swallow up the GOP? - Washington Post (blog)

"...For years, Republicans have been fighting to empower people like the Kochs and increase their political power, and now the Kochs may end up swallowing the Republican Party itself.This current dispute is about whether Republican candidates for office will use the RNC's voter file to target their campaign activities, or whether they'll use a system created by the Kochs' political operation. According to Ward, the RNC sees the Koch's system as a real threat, and things are getting ugly..." see full article

1344 days ago | mtpr
Montana Style: The Koch Bros. & Talking Cows - MTPR
"...Passage of the Montana HELP Act was a flat out rejection of the efforts of the infamous Koch Brothers and their Americans for Prosperity (AFP) juggernaut, which thought they could use brute political power and unlimited money in a way that hurt Montanans locally just to make a national political point.Yet this was not the first time Montanans stood tall and rejected this kind of out-of-state effort. Thirty-three years ago, Montanans also rejected the similar efforts of a right-wing, powerful, well-funded national group who were trying to take out respected Montana Senator John Melcher when he was up for re-election in 1982...." see full article

1346 days ago | nbcnews
Scott Walker At Odds With Koch Brothers Over Bucks Stadium -

"...The Koch brothers have spent at millions supporting Walker in previous elections, including his recall election in 2012. David Koch has said that Walker, who has pushed for steep budget cuts, is one of their favorite Republicans possibly vying for the Republican nomination. Koch money is highly coveted in Republican politics. The wealthy entrepreneurs have spent north of $1 billion in helping Republicans get elected. James Davis, spokesperson for the Koch brothers political arm, Freedom Partners, wouldn't say if this would damage Walker's reputation for the Kochs. He said they're looking at "all candidates" and the totality of their records..." see full article

1351 days ago | desmoinesregister
Koch brothers are allowed to spend as they want -
"...The Koch brothers are indeed way beyond wealthy. He further states that they use this wealth to promote their self-interests. Well, yeah. Then, he further states that allowing this concentration of wealth in the wrong hands can be truly damaging to millions of people. Give me a break. I contend that the self-made Koch brothers spending their money on conservative issues is exactly what this country needs. Just how much wealth does Brooks think should be allowed for a person to accumulate? 1 billion? 10 billion? I am sure if the Koch brothers were spending their money on liberal issues that would be just great with him. Jealousy is a bad trait for anybody to have...." see full article

1351 days ago | bustle
The Koch Brothers Will Influence The 2016 Presidential Election By Spending A Ridiculous Amount Of Money
"...The saying politics is a rich man's game is perhaps more true today than it ever was, with the Supreme Court decision striking down limits on political campaign contributions in 2014, signaling a turning point in the political landscape that handed outside groups unprecedented leverage in shaping an election. As the next presidential election looms large and politicians left and right indicate their intentions to run, the Koch brothers will spend almost $900 million for 2016's campaigns, in an outrageously singular effort by an outside group to chart the course of an election. Charles and David Koch, perhaps two of the most widely reviled names on the fringes of U.S. politics, oversee a network of politically conservative donors that aims to pour $889 million into the upcoming general election. The staggering goal was announced Monday at this past weekend's winter donor retreat, an annual event of the Koch brothers' primary political operation, Freedom Partners. The money is set to be allocated to projects like field operations, new technology and policy work, reported The Washington Post...." see full article

1358 days ago | cnn
Will Democrats keep hammering the Kochs? - CNN

"...Meanwhile, the Kochs are doubling down. The billionaire industrialists seem more eager than ever to flex their muscles in 2016, an election cycle that is certain to cement their status as two of the most powerful Republican donors in an era of virtually unlimited outside political spending.They're currently eying their favorite candidates in the crowded Republican field, have pledged to raise an eye-popping $900 million for the 2016 cycle, and launched an aggressive public relations campaign to revamp Koch Industries' reputation. Republicans have long declared the strategy of bashing the Kochs a failure...." see full article

1358 days ago | capitolhilltimes
The Bottom Line | Where are the liberal Koch brothers? - Capitol Hill Times
"...It is the committed 10 to 15 percent of the population that determines the destinies of nations. I see that committed group on the right with the Tea Party and the Koch brothers, but America has never developed a national liberal organization with a clear vision of racial harmony.Liberal white America is defined more for what it fights against than what it is really fighting for, which means it spends more time reacting to the right wing than articulating a clear agenda of its own. The main reason that this is important is because racial change in America will not be a result of whites and blacks sitting down to talk. It will be the result of the dialogue between whites who really want racial harmony and those who don't once that is decided, they can meet with us...." see full article

1358 days ago | salon
Koch brothers' humiliating secret: Why even their billions can't save the GOP ... - Salon

"...First, even though the Democrats' 2014 effort to raise awareness of the Kochs' control of the GOP was widely perceived as a failure, it succeeded in making the Kochs edgy about their public image. They don't want anybody IDed as the Kochs' man.It's also a signal they don't see anyone who's a slam-dunk winner: Walker and Jeb Bush have matched each other for missteps all year, and the Kochs can't afford to back a loser.But it's also a sign that for all their influence with the GOP field, the Kochs can't force a change in the top candidates' political platform. Despite their claims that they're still libertarian on abortion rights and marriage equality, and despite evidence they support comprehensive immigration reform, the brothers don't even pretend to be searching for a candidate who's moderate on any of those things...." see full article

1360 days ago | washingtonpost
The Koch brothers try to rein in the GOP presidential clown show - Washington Post (blog)

"...Don't be fooled by the line about them supporting all the ones whose policies they're happy with. That's because there's almost no disagreement among the candidates, at least on the issues the Kochs care about. All of them would like to see low taxes on the wealthy (most have even advocated a flat tax, a boon to people like the Kochs), a dramatic reduction in regulations that affect corporations and a rollback of the social safety net. Where the Kochs personally disagree with the candidates (as they may on some social issues or on immigration), they disagree with all the candidates, because the candidates' positions are so similar.So mark my words: If the Kochs pick out a few candidates to support, it will be the ones they think would be the strongest in a general election and those they think put the best face on the GOP...." see full article

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