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Charles Koch vows to hold Republicans accountable
The Hill ^ | 07/29/18 | Jonathan Easley

Posted on 07/29/2018 6:05:51 PM PDT by yesthatjallen

Billionaire activist Charles Koch said Sunday that his network of big-spending political groups would be more aggressive in going after Republicans who have failed to adhere to fiscally conservative principles.

Speaking to a small group of reporters in a rare interview at a five-star resort in the Rocky Mountains, Koch vowed to hold GOP lawmakers accountable for their votes when they break with the network’s free-market views on issues like spending and tariffs.

“I regret some of the [lawmakers] we have supported … we’re gonna more directly deal with that and hold people accountable,” Koch said.

The Koch network will spend about $400 million this election cycle on politics and policy, with much of it aimed at electing Republicans or promoting conservative causes.

But they’ve also spent money to hold GOP lawmakers accountable, particularly on spending.

So far this cycle, groups affiliated with the Koch network have run ads calling out 10 GOP House members and two Republican senators for supporting the $1.3 trillion spending bill that passed in March or for refusing to back spending clawbacks.

The network has also spent money on ads this cycle thanking Democrats who have supported some of their initiatives, like Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who voted in favor of bank reform. Heitkamp is one of 10 Senate Democrats running for reelection in states Trump carried in 2016.

“I know this is uncomfortable, it’s uncomfortable for me too,” said Emily Seidel, the CEO of Americans for Prosperity, the network’s primary political arm.

“But if you’re a Democrat and you stand up to [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.] and corral enough votes for financial reform … you’re darn right we’ll work with you,” Seidel said.

Koch said he’s hopeful his network can support more Democrats going forward.

“I’m looking for policies that will move forward a society of mutual benefit, where everybody has the opportunity to realize their objectives, so I don’t care what initials are in front or after somebody’s name,” Koch said. “I’d like there to be many more politicians who would embrace and have the courage to run on a platform like this.”

“I’m happy and our organization is happy to support anyone and we’d love there to be more Democrats that support these values and these issues,” he added.

Koch network officials see an opening to work with Democrats on some of their top initiatives, like criminal justice and immigration reform.

Senior officials and top donors from the network, who have gathered in Colorado Springs this weekend for their biannual seminar, have been expressing deep frustration with President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress for passing the $1.3 trillion spending package.

“If you’re a Republican who sits on the committee who wrote the worst spending bill in the history of our country, and you voted for it, you’re darn right we’ll hold you accountable,” Seidel said to thunderous applause. “The fact that we’re willing to do this during an election year shows we’re dead serious.”

They’re also apoplectic over Trump’s tariffs.

Republicans will be touting economic growth ahead of the midterm elections, but Koch on Sunday warned that the president’s trade disputes could send the economy into a recession.

“I have no idea, it depends on the degree [of the trade war], yeah, if it’s severe enough, it would,” Koch said.

Koch did not back Trump’s presidential bid in 2016 and officials in his network have at times been withering in their criticism of the president.

“The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage,” said Brian Hooks, president of The Charles Koch Foundation. “When in order to win on an issue, someone else has to lose, it makes it very difficult to unite and solve the problems of this country.”

In a video shown to donors on Sunday, Koch warned against “a rise in protectionism” — a swipe at Trump’s immigration and trade policies.

But he also noted in the interview on Sunday that the network has successfully worked with the administration on several of their top priorities, including experimental drug reform, the tax-cuts bill and criminal justice reform.

“We agree with some things and we disagree with others,” Koch said.

This weekend’s Koch network gathering at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs comes just 100 days before the midterm elections. Still, the network this weekend has largely eschewed politics, focusing instead on their philanthropic initiatives, like Stand Together.

Stand Together is one of its fastest growing groups, with a budget that has gone from $8 million only two years ago to $40 million this year. Stand Together works with 86 nonprofit groups developing programs aimed to lift people out of poverty.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: 2018midterms; afp; billionaires; charleskoch; donors; koch; kochbrothers
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1 posted on 07/29/2018 6:05:51 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
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I was wondering what the oligarchs opinion was.


2 posted on 07/29/2018 6:09:11 PM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: yesthatjallen

What a pair of pustulant patriots.


3 posted on 07/29/2018 6:10:28 PM PDT by chief lee runamok (mongrel at large)
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To: yesthatjallen
Oooooooh.

ML/NJ

4 posted on 07/29/2018 6:13:16 PM PDT by ml/nj (.)
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To: yesthatjallen
They are Free Traitors™ and I hate their f---ing guts.

Republicans were for the tariff pre WWII which was their very conservative position since Lincoln. Then the globalist took over and tariffs became an anathema in this country but not the rest of the world, so FUKB.

5 posted on 07/29/2018 6:15:01 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: yesthatjallen

Hold everyone accountable except himself?


6 posted on 07/29/2018 6:15:11 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: yesthatjallen

About 10 years ago, I used to think The Koch Brothers were conservative. Now I know that they are #NeverTrumpers at best, and Globalists at worst.


7 posted on 07/29/2018 6:15:50 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: yesthatjallen
This is an example of why the Republicans struggle to gain a majority. A tiny sliver of the electorate, Free Traitor™ globalists ( Bushies, Koch Bros etc), dominate the leadership/money of the party. Until they get the axe and the disposables wizen up and trash all of them, the Republicans will always struggle, when they shouldn't have to.

Free Traitors™ are burden to the party.

8 posted on 07/29/2018 6:17:42 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: lee martell

They are no different than Soros, in my book.


9 posted on 07/29/2018 6:18:32 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: yesthatjallen
Open Borders , cheap labor express , Globalist traitors who hate Trump and own the Rino sell outs .

Standard America Globalist vipers and Liars . They own Ryan ,McCarthy , Mitchy .....

10 posted on 07/29/2018 6:20:32 PM PDT by ncalburt (Gop DC Globalists out themselves ever time)
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To: yesthatjallen

disposables = deplorables


11 posted on 07/29/2018 6:22:35 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: yesthatjallen

The most fiscally conservative thing we could do is secure the border and evict the 30 million fraudulently documented foreigners that are sucking the life out of our country, but the Kochs oppose that.


12 posted on 07/29/2018 6:30:43 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: yesthatjallen

“The Koch network will spend about $400 million this election cycle on politics and policy, with much of it aimed at electing Republicans or promoting conservative causes.”

Horse $hit! The Cock Bros. are the money behind the GOPe, the natural enemy of Donald Trump and real conservatism. They see their free ride at the country’s expense endangered.


13 posted on 07/29/2018 6:33:47 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: chief lee runamok

“What a pair of pustulant patriots.”

We would be infinitely better as a country if these people were no longer above room temperature. They are the proximate reason why we’re where we are today with “obstructionists” like Mitch and Ryno. We will be in a world of hurt if somehow Kevin McCarthy becomes speaker, he’s a worthless pud. Ditto for Scalise, although he didn’t deserve to be shot.


14 posted on 07/29/2018 6:43:56 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: yesthatjallen

” ... going after Republicans who have failed to adhere to fiscally conservative principles.”

Is allowing millions if illegals here fiscally conservative? They cost us hundreds of billions of dollars every year.


15 posted on 07/29/2018 6:58:49 PM PDT by boycott
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To: yesthatjallen
“The Koch network will spend about $400 million this election cycle on politics and policy, with much of it aimed at electing Republicans or promoting conservative causes.”

The Koch's are not conservative, they are libertarians - which means they are liberals on social issues.

On money matters they are greedy, but that does not make them conservative. The Kochs, in fact, are greedy liberals.

Thankfully, they do not appear to be effective. They spent tons, I suppose, trying to make Jeb competitive. Couldn't do it.

16 posted on 07/29/2018 7:00:32 PM PDT by jeffersondem
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To: chief lee runamok

The sooner this dirtbag dies off the better the country will be.


17 posted on 07/29/2018 7:02:51 PM PDT by Okeydoker
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To: yesthatjallen
I am sorry I supported giving these aholes tax cuts. The more we give them tax cuts the more liberal they become. They prove Karl Marx's dictum that the Capitalist (or at least the Republican version) would sell the rope to their own hanging. If the are for open borders than they are not paying enough taxes! I refuse to support any business legislation until these greedy jerks change their tune and help to enforce our immigration laws, buy some remedy's and stop helping the Dems spend our money. The Koch's only care about money and getting cheap labor is one part of it.
18 posted on 07/29/2018 7:08:36 PM PDT by amnestynone (We are asked by people who do not tolerate us to tolerate the intolerable in the name of tolerance.)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

I agree with the evictions, but the number is closer to 50 million. If you add in all the babies born here of illegals that SHOULDN’T be citizens, 100 million. We would be around 1980 levels of population, that would be a dream to me.


19 posted on 07/29/2018 7:19:34 PM PDT by Glad2bnuts (If Republicans are not prepared to carry on the Revolution of 1776, prepare for a communist takeover)
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To: yesthatjallen

More Domestic Enemies.


20 posted on 07/29/2018 7:22:55 PM PDT by TADSLOS (If YouÂ’re Gonna Do Me Wrong, Do It Right...)
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