Charles Koch — philanthropist, energy billionaire and tea party inventor — made a statement to ABC News this weekend that shook the Hillary Clinton campaign into action. Koch potentially controls a large number of votes — unofficially of course — in each election through massive campaign and Super PAC spending. Many politicians clamor for his support, but it can also be poisonous when misdirected.
Unhappy with the direction of the Republican nomination results so far, Koch went out of his way to say that Bill Clinton had been a better president that George W. Bush in the areas Koch is most concerned about: economic growth and government spending. Asked if he would support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy come November, Koch replied it was “possible.” Clinton, already battling a perception that she has nefarious backers on Wall Street, was quick to head off any Koch support at the proverbial pass, knowing it would inflame her base. The Dem frontrunner denied any interest in Koch support, citing differences on climate change and voting rights.
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Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote. https://t.co/TWN4zYhMBh
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2016