The Koch brothers’ political organization released a $889 million budget to fund their political activities ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The Koch brothers largely conservative and libertarian political activities, and this year the budget will include allowances for everything ranging from advertising and data-gathering technology to grassroots activism.
USA Today reported Freedom Partners is at the middle of the vast Koch network, and in 2012 the organization spent nearly $240 million to fund political groups ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Tea Party groups.
Charles Koch told the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce that the organization would not back down. "Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism," Koch said, according to excerpts released over the weekend. "But as many of you know, we don't rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it.”
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Some Democrats were unhappy about the budget and argued it allows politicians to be influenced by wealthy businesses.
"What an obscene amount of money," said Ben Ray, a spokesman for American Bridge, a Democratic-aligned super PAC. "It just goes to show the kind of cold calculation that the Kochs will apply to protect their bottom line."
"If they are spending more than the RNC, I know exactly who the (Republican) presidential candidates will listen to.”
The Koch family oversees a $115 billion business conglomerate that includes oil refineries, asphalt production, cattle ranching and consumer products.