… from Press TV, Teheran
[ Editor’s Note: This is a strange article — but not only because of the cold bucket of water it throws on Republican contenders thinking they can do a rabbit out of the hat trick to derail Trump, who has a head start despite their already hitting him with everything they had. The Koch brothers are not going to fund a Hail Mary pass to do try to derail him.
There has been some mention of Trump scandals in the closet, which would be no surprise; but, if true, it was stupid to not use them when they might have worked. Part of the poor Republican field showing is because the public is just bored to tears with the regular manipulative political theatrics.
And almost ignored in the race so far has been how little money Trump has spent, using his mouth instead of his bankroll to get coverage, and it has worked.
But while the Koch brothers are saying they are not wasting their money on the primary, they left unsaid what their plans are for the main race. They did not say they would NOT support Trump over Hillary. They will bide their time and make their next move when the timing suits them… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … March 04, 1016 –
Charles and David Koch, two of the US Republican Party’s biggest donors, say they will not attempt to stop GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump from scoring the nomination, because he seems unstoppable now.
“We have no plans to get involved in the primary,” said James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners, the Koch brothers’ political network, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The report said that the Koch brothers believe money spent against Trump would be wasted since all previous attacks on the New York billionaire have failed.
The brothers have also reportedly soured somewhat on spending big on presidential elections, having bankrolled failed 2012 Republican candidates Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
The Koch brothers wield significant financial and political influence on US politics, both directly and indirectly, via various advocacy and lobbying organizations. The brothers are the sons of Fred C. Koch, who founded Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States.
The brothers have contributed heavily to conservative campaigns and think tanks. They are among the best-known Republican donors, and potential GOP candidates court their favor.
But the brothers are throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time. The Kochs have resisted jumping into presidential campaigns in the past because they had doubts in the value of the investment.
The Kochs spent some $400 million on US politics in 2015 and are planning to cash out about $900 million to shape this year’s presidential election.
Trump, who has never held elected office, is leading the Republican presidential primary field, despite the fact that his campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including with disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
Trump has won the states of South Carolina, Nevada, and New Hampshire, while finishing second in Iowa.
On Super Tuesday, the former reality TV star made a further step toward a nominee for the November presidential election by winning in seven states.
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