A crowd of Republican presidential wannabes plans to line up at David Koch’s Palm Beach, Fla., door hoping the Kansas billionaire will give at least one of them the nod to lead the conservative wing of the GOP.
The Koch brothers have gathered donors to put up about $900 million to fund conservative candidates of their choice for the 2016 presidential and congressional races. That gives them a lot of power and say in what they want the candidates in their camp to actually do.
Forget about about that old-fashioned notion of one person, one vote. Money in politics, particularly after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, narrows the funnel of whom the elected representatives in our republic will actually pay attention to if the Koch brothers’ candidates are successfully elected.
The presidential hopefuls include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, The Washington Post reports.
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Fortunately, Democrats have their own camp of wealthy donors, but somewhere in the billowing cloud of money, the interests of everyday working Americans are threatened and potentially lost.