The billionaire Koch brother, Charles, warned that if conservatives don’t come together and push for small government, America is doomed.
“History demonstrates that when the American people get motivated by an issue of justice, that they believe is just, extraordinary things can be accomplished,”
Charles and his brother, David, are both worth around $51 billion each. They fund conservative groups that push for small government policy changes. The Koch brothers have traditionally been very helpful to Republican presidential nominees.
David Koch told Larry Kudlow that, this time, the brothers will donate funds to several GOP contenders. He said that if they agree with the policies a candidate is advocating for, they’ll donate to their campaign. Charles Koch told USA Today that if the circumstances were just right, they might focus all their funding on a single candidate.
“Only if somebody really stands out from the standpoint of their message and what they would actually do to benefit America and has a chance a decent chance of being elected, only then would we select one over the others,”
As Bloomberg reported, Mr. Koch likened the struggle for limited government to theAmerican Revolution and the civil rights movement.
“To defy the tremendous odds stacked against them, they all had—not just the Founding Fathers—to commit their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, often at great personal sacrifice.”
Since the Koch brothers have very libertarian-like political views, candidates like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz may be favored by the siblings.
“My hope is that if it can be achieved, not only will it provide opportunity for hundreds of thousands of families, but it will help ease racial tensions, which is critical for the future of this country,”
The Koch brothers’ organization reportedly has a budget of $889 million to spend on the 2016 presidential race. A lot of that money will be used on the Republican candidates’ campaigns.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio who is running for president, spoke at the Koch brothers’ meeting. When asked why Trump is doing well in the polls, Rubio said that he believes Americans want a different kind of candidate.
“Americans instinctively understand that we have reached another one of those pivotal moments in our history where what’s at stake is not what party is in charge but our identity as a nation and as a people,”
Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Scott Walker were all in attendance at the meeting as well.
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