Koch Brothers v Trump. VF: "electing a Republican at any cost"

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    Feb 02, 2016 5:55 AM GMT
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    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/267766-koch-brothers-network-ready-to-oppose-trump
    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination....

    ...Making an enemy of the Koch network is dangerous for any Republican politician. The group, founded by the billionaire industrialist brothers, comprises about 700 donors who give more than $100,000 annually to maintain their membership.

    The network has resources and technology rivaling the Republican Party's infrastructure and spent close to $400 million in 2015 on its goals to minimize the role of government in people's lives. But it also intervenes in electoral politics and will play a multimillion-dollar role in the 2016 presidential and Senate races.

    The Koch network is holding off on endorsing a 2016 presidential nominee, though has narrowed its preferences down to five acceptable candidates: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina...


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    Feb 02, 2016 4:25 PM GMT
    Trump is not really considered a Republican by many. Here is merely running as one. No surprise here.

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    Feb 02, 2016 8:27 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidTrump is not really considered a Republican by many. Here is merely running as one. No surprise here.

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    Feb 05, 2016 4:52 AM GMT
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/02/koch-brothers-take-on-trump
    ...Like other members of the Republican elite, the Koch brothers misjudged Donald Trump. They never considered the real estate scion a serious contender, and his politics on taxes, trade, and foreign policy clashed thoroughly with theirs. (Charles Koch noted that Trump’s Muslim registry, for instance, would “destroy our free society.”)...

    ...This election cycle was supposed to be the one in which the Koch network­ fulfilled its mission of installing a Republican in the White House. But that goal, and the millions behind it, are at risk. And before the Kochs begin to take on Hillary or Bernie, they are carefully considering whether to wage a war against Trump...

    ...By taking on Trump, the Kochs risk lending credence to his claims of being an outsider who is battling against a corrupt political system rigged by the elites....

    ...Trump’s candidacy could force a reckoning within the Koch network, whose members are largely leaning towards Rubio and Cruz. If Trump becomes the nominee and he faces self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders in November, the senior Koch official explains, members of the donor network are likely to hold their noses and back Trump’s candidacy. But there’s another scenario that could prove far more controversial and possibly damaging for the network: a Trump-versus-Clinton matchup. There is absolutely no love between the Clintons and the Kochs, whose company experienced one of the most traumatic periods in its history as it fought off regulators during Bill Clinton’s presidency. But, so strong is the dislike for Trump within the Koch network, that a Clinton-Trump race is a tough call. “I could see the network not participating in the presidential election at all,” says the senior Koch official. Such a decision would likely cause some donors to part ways with the Kochs, particularly those who are committed to electing a Republican at any cost.