Politics

Koch Brothers May Have Chosen Republican to Support for 2016

| by Ethan Brown
Gov. Scott Walker.Gov. Scott Walker.

The well-known and influential billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, have picked the Republican they want to see win the nomination and the general election.

Speaking at a fundraising event in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch voiced his support behind a popular Republican figure.

“When the primaries are over and Scott Walker gets the nomination,” David jokingly said to the crowd, who were also there to hear the Wisconsin governor speak earlier in the night, The New York Times reported.

Koch reportedly went as far as to say Walker "should be" the GOP's candidate for 2016. 

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"We will support whoever the candidate is," two witnesses at the event insist Koch said. "But it should be Scott Walker."

A spokesperson for David Koch denies he definitively said Walker should be the GOP's candidate.

The Koch brothers hold great influence over the Republican candidates, promising to spend nearly $1 billion of their own wealth on super PACs to support the nominee and defeat the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

So far, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have met with the brothers. Last week, Sen. Rand Paul wrote an article praising the brothers for Time magazine's “100 Most Influential People.”

David has said that his political action committee, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, will not support one Republican candidate over another.

“While I think Gov. Walker is terrific, let me be clear, I am not endorsing or supporting any candidate for president at this point in time,” David reiterated to the press.

While many are expected to announce their candidacy in the coming weeks, only three Republicans have officially declared their intent to run for president.  Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Paul are all officially in the race. Walker, Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are other names expected to enter the crowded Republican nomination.

Sources: CNN, The New York Times

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