Charles and David Koch, also known as the Koch brothers who run Koch Industries – a major fossil fuel company – are turning up the heat in spending as the 2018 midterm elections get closer. Known as the largest financiers of the Republican party and pushing their conservative politics on the American government, the Koch brothers plan on spending $400 million on the upcoming elections, according to new reports.
At a private meeting of donors and supporters, which took place in Palm Springs, California, Charles Koch vowed to “change the trajectory” of the country, according to Salon.
“I’m more excited about what we’re doing and about the opportunities than I’ve ever been,” Charles Koch said, according to Time. “We’ve made more progress in the last five years than I had in the previous 50.”
The Koch brothers, one of America’s wealthiest families, pledged to spend their money “on campaign contributions and policy initiatives,” according to Salon. The GOP tax bill is front and center for the brothers in which CNN reported they would spend $20 million promoting it. The Koch brothers are also known to deny climate change and will push other ultraconservative policies such as funding climate change denial.
“But we’ve seen the results that these policies are having on Americans, improving their lives, and we’re all in to try to protect those in what we know is a challenging year,” Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded conservative advocacy group, said, according to Time.
While Democrats need to change 24 seats in the House to gain majority, one-third of the Trump administration inside the White House has Koch connections, which makes much of the current presidency Koch-driven, according to Salon.