Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Koch brothers looking to spend up to $400 milion on the 2018 cycle
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Koch brothers looking to spend up to $400 milion on the 2018 cycle

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

* I forgot to point this out in an earlier post, so here it is now

The Koch network plans to spend between $300 million to $400 million on policy and political campaigns during the 2018 election cycle.

Officials revealed the target budget at the start of a three-day donor summit at a resort here, indicating that they intend to continue expanding their reach at a time when Republicans control Congress and the White House. By comparison, the network spent about $250 million during the 2016 cycle on policy and political efforts.

The funds will be spread across a constellation of groups, including Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Action Fund, along with Concerned Veterans for America, the Libre Initiative and Generation Opportunity, which now operate under the AFP banner.

Leaders from the groups said that they plan to focus on building up the capabilities of their grass-roots organization, which has boots on the ground in 36 states, and that the precise amount will depend on opportunities.

Whew, that’s a lot of dough. AFP in Illinois, perhaps the Illinois Policy Institute and who knows what other groups could make out like bandits with this push.

* The Democratic Governors’ Association had an interesting bit of spin

“While people in Illinois were being detained, Gov. Bruce Rauner was relaxing with fellow millionaires in Palm Springs,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “The millions that Rauner is raising for the Koch brothers won’t do much to protect the people of Illinois from Donald Trump. Illinois voters deserve a governor who will stand up and fight for their values, not run off to Palm Springs in the middle of a crisis.”

* OK, first of all, not to defend the Koch brothers or anything, but they’re opposed to the travel ban

The leaders of the conservative network aligned with billionaires Charles Koch and David Koch on Sunday said they opposed President Trump’s controversial ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries.

“We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families,” Brian Hooks, a co-chairman of the Kochs’ seminar network, said in a statement.

“The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive,” Hooks added, saying it hinders a Koch goal of promoting a free and open society.

The statement marks the first public criticism of the Trump administration from the Kochs, who oversee one of the most influential outside operations in conservative politics with a staff, budget and voter-turnout operation that rivals the Republican Party.

* Secondly, most folks would presume that Rauner went out there to raise money from the Koch network, not to raise money for it. Not quite sure what to make of that yet. Any ideas?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - jerry 101 - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    hehehe….
    Perfect headline, Rich.


  2. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:17 pm:

    Uh, paging Dr. Freud, Dr. Sigmund Freud….


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:18 pm:

    I’m of the mind that Rauner is looking for a commitment of $7-10 million in dark, outside money to be used to work against the Democratic primary, leaving Rauner’s hand clean, but inflicting serious damage to any/all candidates in that primary and wound and test messaging against the enviable nominee he will face.

    It’s not that Rauner “couldn’t” raise the money, set up the prop shops, whatever. It is about being arms length from the process and saving that $7-10 million for the additional 4 constitutional races, the legislature, whatever.

    It’s the who spending the monies, and where and how it can help by being arms length in its damage.

    “Simple”


  4. - Saluki - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:18 pm:

    X rated over here today.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:21 pm:

    If there’s $400 million on the table, why wouldn’t Rauner go for a piece of it? Griff would be pretty honked if Rauner didn’t make the effort, and then came around asking for big checks.


  6. - Anon - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:21 pm:

    That’s always how I pronounce their name in conversation.


  7. - Deft Wing - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    Headline typo alert. ;) Koch brothers …


  8. - Truthteller - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    I’m sure that Rauner and the Koch brothers were making plans to fight the “special interests” who are blocking the rape of the environment, fighting against the decimation of public education and thwarting the attempt to lower taxes on the Uber wealthy. Very big of them to invest their money so they can make even more


  9. - Nick Name - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    You know an executive order is bad when even the Koch brothers look askance at it.


  10. - Annonin' - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    Did BigBrain drive to Palm Springs too or fly commercial? The Koch’s always kept this event top secret. Now almost open press


  11. - Anon221 - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    To attend the “Party”, you had to pony up $100,000. I know… that’s just couch change to Rauner. But because he attended, and was only one of three guvs to do so, I would think the bros have some pressure on him to follow their wants and needs. However, Rauner may have to spend a third of what the bros are planning to spend just to get re-elected. Think that will happen in any other state??? I don’t. Some of those $100,000 “party fees” will probably flow Rauner’s way, but why they allow him to be so silent on issues (such as the new EO) is somewhat surprising.


  12. - Anon - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    They always remind me of these guys.

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=o6e9hLvi&id=5AEE57093D337839B3A3A0469304DA0E302D5489&q=trading+places+brothers&simid=607989206621556050&selectedIndex=18


  13. - David - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    I would not be surprised if some of that money was for primaries since they also came out against Trumps tax plan.


  14. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    Rich, what is AFP doing to combat Trump’s order?

    Bueller?

    Bueller?


  15. - weltschmerz - Monday, Jan 30, 17 @ 6:38 pm:

    How did their StopTrump thing go? Between them and Soros they could have bought their own countries.


  16. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 2:37 am:

    To focus to make it to Cleveland or Washington DC, but plenty of time to pound sand in the desert with your own kind


  17. - Generic Drone - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 3:38 pm:

    I read that the Koch’s were planning to spend $14 mullion in Illinois. Thats 14 votes for $14 mil.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Adventures in data governing
* Higher ed group to continue working this summer
* State Senate candidate once dressed up in blackface for Halloween
* Brady says GOP leveraged balanced budget from nervous Dems
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Politifact rates Rauner Legionnaires' claim 'False'
* Former 'Chicago Tonight' host Elizabeth Brackett has died
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


* History buffs may want to consider a trip to Sp.....
* State, federal governments push for overdose pr.....
* Brady says GOP leveraged balanced budget from n.....
* Illinois Budget Bill Makes Few Tax Changes exce.....
* Governor considering medical marijuana bill for.....
* Monday, June 18, 2018..
* Local hospital to spend $2.5M on improvements, .....
* Trending News Today: NIH Ends Study Evaluating .....
* State Journal-Register: Illinois pharmacies pus.....
* Rauner's Legionnaires' claim misses the.....


* Indiana residents oppose development of waste facility
* Mother of man fatally shot by central Illinois police sues
* Cleanup of massive central Illinois rock slide begins
* Midwestern states endure flash flooding, heat wave
* New organization that honors black firefighters to open
* Rauner names curator for newly remodeled governor's mansion
* William Shatner captains bitcoin mining farm in Illinois
* Peoria man killed in auto race in Canada
* Plan would turn old Illinois library into craft distillery
* Chicago is in for a dangerously hot day

* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Rauner names Justin Blandford curator of Governor's Mansion
* Rauner names Williamsville woman interim HFS director
* Both Rauner and Pritzker have donated to Mansion renovations
* Both candidates for governor have donated to Mansion renovations
* Illiopolis boy helps push bill to cover hearing aids for kids
* Under the Dome Podcast: AFSCME lawsuits everywhere, #MeToo fallout, governor ad war
* Rauner says more ads coming like one featuring other Republican governors
* Madigan aide ousted in harassment scandal responds to accuser

* Show us your office!
* PowerShares keeps growing—even as name prepares to die
* 4 ways a U.S.-China trade war could play out
* Roskam's intriguing immigration move
* Apple partners with Oprah for original content push


* Woman missing from South Shore since May found
* Because I’m pro-life, I am appalled to see children taken from parents at border
* FIFA charges Mexico after fans use anti-gay slur during game against Germany
* World Cup’s only black coach says soccer needs more diversity
* Apple aims to deliver pinpoint locations of iPhones when calling 911
* Mexico faces FIFA discipline after fans chant anti-gay slurs at World Cup
* Concealed carry permit holder scares off home invasion suspect in Riverside
* No definitive ruling from Supreme Court on partisan redistricting
* Homeland Security chief says no apology for separating families
* Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian


* Summer steak out — 30 days of Chicago's best steaks, steakhouses and steak dishes
* Glencoe school district approves nearly $200K for grade school security enhancements
* Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts
* Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem
* Strong earthquake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4, knocks over walls
* White House insists Democrats to blame for family separations, even as some in GOP urge Trump to reverse course
* Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft this week
* FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings vs. Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur
* With controversial apartment proposal behind them, Arlington Heights trustees weigh future of undeveloped downtown area
* Dozens of baby seagulls found dead on South Loop street; wildlife experts suspect they were tossed from rooftop


» Push To Bridge Gender Wage Gap Continues
» Dad-isms: Jokes and Lessons Our Fathers Taught Us
» Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Youth, Celebrities At St. Sabina's Peace March
» Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?
» Furniture From Closed CPS Schools Ends Up In Surprising Places
» Students Go Back In Time To Record On Machine That Democratized Music
» State Week: AFSCME Contract; Abortion Court Fight; Former Madigan Staffer Responds To Accusations
» Durbin OKs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» Durbin Backs State Senator McCarter for Kenya Ambassadorship
» WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 15, 2018


* Rauner to consider allowing medical cannabis for opioid patients
* George Will: Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power
* Bipartisan work yields gun bills, fate rests with Rauner
* Bernard Schoenburg: Gov. Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Bernard Schoenburg: Rauner owns Sangamon farmland — with somebody
* Angie Muhs: New reporter will focus on local business coverage
* Our View: City should not put competing township referendum on ballot
* Faith Coalition for the Common Good: Leaders impact lives of homeless
* Statehouse Insider: Illinois second to Missouri again
* Thom Dammrich: The Modern Fish Act — Good for Illinois


* O'Fallon student among five valedictorians at Althoff
* Coroner releases ID of Illinois man killed in ATV crash
* Photo surfaces of GOP state Senate candidate Patton in blackface
* State senate candidate wore blackface for Halloween
* June 20 Illinois basketball chat
* Best of the week: 9 things to do this week
* Local hospital to spend $2.5M on improvements, including a new sleep clinic
* Touchette Regional Hospital renovations
* Road closure: Morris Ave. work closes northbound lane
* Hang in there! Relief from heat is on the way


* Craig Ferguson, Second City coming to Paramount Theatre
* Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm
* The Latest: Panama holding off Belgium in World Cup debut
* Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row
* Correction: US Open story

* Kelly likely to keep seat
* Groundbreaking for Mercer County's new...
* Heller, Rosen tangle over who can stop Yuc...
* Historic Trail Status Proposed for Route 66
* Why Are Millions Paying Online Tax Prepara...
* Millions of Americans pay unnecessary tax ...
* Veterans Corner 6/18/18
* Pravin Varughese murder: Indian-American m...
* Congressmen aim to give Route 66 Historic ...
* Rep. Lipinski Holds Lockport Senior Fair

* Rebellious Resistance Guide: How to Fight ......
* Monday, June 18, 2018...
* Lvm Capital Management LTD Decreased Its B......
* Great West Life Assurance Company Has Uppe......
* Trump tweets Dems and GOP should get toget......

* Rebellious Resistance Guide: How to Fight ......
* The Democrats' Myopic Reaction to the ......
* Tammy Duckworth for Senate Tammy......
* Our view: GOP group spot on in recent Blag......
* "Senator Tammy Duckworth …&quo......

* Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids
* Talking is better than war.
* Don Hellison.
* 50% oppose sanctuary communities in new Rasmussen poll
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Dress Coded: Rules And Punishment For Black Girls Abound
* Ives-led group of GOP lawmakers and candidates call for Madigan to resign
* Gov Rauner marches in Aurora's First Gay Pride Parade
* Elonorail
* Reader sold to group led by Chicago Crusader publisher Dorothy Leavell


* Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cereal
* PHIL VASSAR AND LOVE AND THEFT ROUND OUT THE DU QUOIN STATE FAIR GRANDSTAND
* Illinois 89 Bridge in Spring Valley Opens to Traffic
* Gov. Rauner announces release of funding for Department of Agriculture programs
* Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti provide update on efforts to combat opioid epidemic

  
* Vulnerabilities in these IoT cameras could give attackers full control, warn researchers
* HP launches 3D printing center in China
* IFS releases AI tool to simplify customer service
* The Logitech Craft keyboard’s giant button is a tactile dream
* Pokémon GO now lets you befriend other animal kidnappers
* YouTube Music launches in 12 more countries, including the UK and Canada
* [Deal] Save $100 on the Nebula Mars II Portable Projector

* Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox series preview
* Sox is singular: Will the White Sox win more 'without a ...
* In My Words: With new players, Getz gets it
* Chicago White Sox: Three predictions for second half of season
* Chicago White Sox drink to Budweiser deal
* White Sox Provide James Shields With No Run Support in Serie...
* PenCities White Sox continue rivalry with Reno


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller