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Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:11 PM

Charles Koch: We may back several GOP candidates in primaries

Charles Koch said he is considering throwing his political might into the Republican presidential primary for the first time and is likely to provide financial help to several contenders before settling on a single candidate.

Koch, his brother David and their team have identified five candidates who have the right message and "a good chance of getting elected," he told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview at Koch Industries' headquarters. They are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

"Those are the ones we have talked to the most and who seem to be the possible leaders," he said.

"What we've told them all is that right now, we're not supporting anyone," Koch said. "We're telling them that if they want our support, one way to get it is articulating a good message to help Americans get a better understanding and a better appreciation of how certain policies will benefit them and will benefit all America."

The Kochs run Koch Industries, a multibillion-dollar privately held conglomerate with interests in the energy industry, as well as building supplies and other products. They have been active donors to Republican candidates, which has led to numerous attacks from Democratic politicians, such as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and their supporters.

For the first time, Charles Koch also outlined what share of his network's staggering $900 million, two-year budget would be devoted to politics. He said only a third of that amount roughly $300 million would be spent directly on electoral politics in 2016, including federal and state elections. He said there's no breakdown of exactly how the political portion of the budget will be divided.

The $300 million would rival the almost $400 million the Republican National Committee raised and spent in the 2012 election cycle.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/21/charles-koch-on-gop-supports-candidates/26142001/

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a kennedy Apr 2015 OP
a kennedy Apr 2015 #1
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gratuitous Apr 2015 #3
upaloopa Apr 2015 #4
FiveGoodMen Apr 2015 #5
a kennedy Apr 2015 #6
Initech Apr 2015 #7
Octafish Apr 2015 #8

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:13 PM

1. Well this just says it all about the brothers don't it......my arse

Koch said. "We're telling them that if they want our support, one way to get it is articulating a good message to help Americans get a better understanding and a better appreciation of how certain policies will benefit them and will benefit all America." benefit the top, top percenters. Ugh.....

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:14 PM

2. Spend lavishly, boys

especially during the primary season.

The law of diminishing returns is going to kick in pretty soon.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:18 PM

3. And why not?

There's no effective limit on how much they can spend bribing the candidates (thanks again, Justice Kennedy, you fucking twit), and they've got far more money than they know what to do with as it is, so what if they lavish several millions on this lunatic or that nitwit?

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:27 PM

4. I remember a time when voters decided who

was the candidate.
Today we look to see who the big money backs then resign ourselves to not having the power to effect the outcomes of elections anymore.
We may have the demographics but the right has the money.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 06:41 PM

5. "We own the world. You are our property. There's nothing you can do. Mwahahaha"

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 07:05 PM

6. I know.....and it makes me sick......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 07:08 PM

7. They might as well declare themselves as dictators and get it over with.

It's the waiting I can't stand.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Apr 21, 2015, 08:24 PM

8. ''You know, make it look like democracy.''

"We can afford the high production values. Besides, it takes millions to make billions."

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