Quantcast
Connect with us

Spread the wealth: Koch brothers considering donating to five GOP presidential candidates

Published

on

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch is considering giving money to several candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination before settling on a single recipient, USA Today reported on Tuesday.

Koch told the newspaper he was thinking about throwing his weight into the presidential primaries for the first time.

Charles said he and his brother David Koch had identified five candidates with the right message and “a good chance of getting elected.”

ADVERTISEMENT

They are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, he said.

“Those are the ones we have talked to the most and who seem to be the possible leaders,” Koch was quoted as saying. “What we’ve told them all is that right now, we’re not supporting anyone.

“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.”

At a fundraiser on Monday for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch indicated that Walker was the brothers’ favorite, according to the New York Times.

ADVERTISEMENT

He said the brothers’ political organizations would not back any single Republican in the primaries, but suggested the family might separately support Walker, the paper said.

Walker already has allied himself with the more conservative wing of his party, making statements such as saying he would not support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The Koch brothers, who are among the best-known conservative donors, have said they plan to spend nearly $900 million during the 2016 campaign cycle.

ADVERTISEMENT

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Peter Cooney)


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump has shrunk the White House entirely around himself: ‘It is a government of one’

Published

on

President Donald Trump has cleared out all the constraints in his White House, which he's running much like the Trump Organization.

The president has chased away four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors -- an unprecedented amount of turnover for a modern president — and finds himself surrounded by compliant staffers and aides, reported Politico.

“It is a government of one in the same way in which the Trump Organization was a company of one,” said one former senior administration official.

Continue Reading

Facebook

Benny Gantz says he should be PM in Israel unity government

Published

on

Benny Gantz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main opponent in the country's general election, said Thursday he should be prime minister in a unity government.

Gantz spoke to journalists after Netanyahu called for them to join together in a unity government as results from Tuesday's vote showed neither with an obvious path to form a majority coalition.

Gantz's centrist Blue and White is nevertheless two seats ahead of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud, according to results published by Israeli media with 97 percent of the vote counted.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Beto O’Rourke’s plan to legalize marijuana includes clemency for possession sentences and grants for those who already served time

Published

on

For his latest policy proposal, the Democratic presidential candidate returns to a cause he has championed since his days on the El Paso City Council.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Thursday morning released a marijuana legalization plan that calls for clemency for everyone currently serving sentences for possession.

The former El Paso congressman also would push for a federal tax on the pot industry and put the revenue toward a "Drug War Justice Grant" for those formerly incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana offenses.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image