In August Donald Trump lambasted his fellow Republicans for crawling to the Koch brothers for money.
I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2015
“Trump, a rare Republican detractor of the Citizens United ruling that lifted campaign funding restrictions and emboldened the two-headed Koch machine to drop billions into candidates’ coffers, has relied on himself — and the media — to create a 24/7, walking TV attack ad that’s catapulted him to the top of most GOP presidential polls,” The Wrap reported in October.
In July Charles Koch rejected an effort by donors supporting Trump to meet with the billionaire.
“If I had to vote for cancer or heart attack, why would I vote for either?” Charles Koch told Fortune.
In April Koch told told ABC News that it’s “possible” Clinton would make a better president than Trump. A spokesman for the brothers declined to rule out the possibility of backing the former secretary of state, according to Politico.
Despite this apparent animosity the Koch brothers are attempting to leverage influence on the Trump campaign in the realization he may actually win the election.
Earlier this week Trump hired David Bossie as his deputy campaign manager.
Bossie is the president and chairman of Citizens United and a longtime GOP operative. The organization was founded in 1988 and funded by the Koch brothers.
“Citizens United is often scrutinized as an enabler of Charles and David Koch’s political influence through large political donations from their corporately-funded super PACs,” the Independent Journal Review noted last year.
Paradoxically Citizens United is an avid supporter of Trump.
‘If Donald Trump is the nominee we will support him in every possible way,” Bossie said. “Just because he doesn’t need people’s money does not mean he doesn’t need people’s support. So I’m fully expected to help him if he becomes the nominee.”
Does this mean the Koch brothers will help Trump as well?
It remains to be seen.
One thing is certain—the closer we get to the election, the more establishment the anti-establishment candidate becomes.
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