Koch Primary

Koch Primary’ Tests Hopefuls In the G.O.P.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/us/koch-seminar-is-early-proving-groun...
Quote from New York Times article:

WASHINGTON — When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky went to Kansas last year to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback, he quietly requested a private meeting with the oil billionaire Charles G. Koch in his Wichita headquarters.

The senator’s pitch: Of all the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, he best reflects the views of Mr. Koch and his younger brother, David H. Koch.

Similarly, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas popped through Wichita in October for an audience he had requested, and he told the elder Mr. Koch that the Republican Party needed a grass-roots conservative like him to take back the White House.

And Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has worked to cultivate a relationship with the younger Mr. Koch, stopping by his Manhattan office, calling him to talk politics and socializing with him, their wives included.

Perhaps no organization commands more deference in Republican politics nowadays than the sprawling operation established by the Koch brothers. And this week, the intense competition among Republicans for their embrace and attention will break out into the open. An invitation-only group of 2016 hopefuls will travel to a resort near Palm Springs, Calif., for the Koch brothers’ annual winter seminar, kicking off the so-called Koch primary.

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Just had my daily dose of cod liver oil called WSPD. Listening to Dock and Fred yuck it up this morning http://www.wspd.com/media/podcast-dock-treece-on-demand-docktreece/121-d...
Talking about the prez and his pie in the sky speech last night they went on to talk about the Davos meeting in Switzerland. I then remembered something I read yesterday in the New York Times. Seems the Republican Tea Party is beholden the wealthy Koch brothers. I thought the Tea Party was a grass roots organization? Too funny!

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Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/kochs-plan-to-spend-900-mi...
The political network overseen by the conservative billionaires Charles G. and David H. Koch plans to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an unparalleled effort by coordinated outside groups to shape a presidential election that is already on track to be the most expensive in history.

The spending goal, revealed Monday at the Kochs’ annual winter donor retreat near Palm Springs, Calif., would allow their political organization to operate at the same financial scale as the Democratic and Republican Parties. It would require a significant financial commitment from the Kochs and roughly 300 other donors they have recruited over the years, and covers both the presidential and congressional races. In the last presidential election, the Republican National Committee and the party’s two congressional campaign committees spent a total of $657 million.

Hundreds of conservative donors recruited by the Kochs gathered over the weekend for three days of issue seminars, strategy sessions and mingling with rising elected officials. These donors represent the largest concentration of political money outside the party establishment, one that has achieved enormous power in Republican circles in recent years.

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