David Koch told donors he and his brother Charles, who oversee one of the nation’s biggest private political organizations, believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the Republican Party’s best hope for recapturing the White House.
NEW YORK — Charles and David Koch, the influential and big-spending conservative donors, have a favorite in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
At a fundraiser Monday in Manhattan for the New York State Republican Party, David Koch told donors he and his brother, who oversee one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, believe Walker is the Republicans’ best hope to win the White House.
“We will support whoever the candidate is,” said Koch, according to two people who attended the event. “But it should be Scott Walker.”
The remark — made before dozens of top New York donors who had gathered to hear Walker speak at the Union League Club — could effectively end one of the most closely watched contests in the “invisible primary,” when candidates seek the blessing of the biggest donors.
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Most of the leading Republican candidates have aggressively courted the Kochs, who control a network of political nonprofits, super PACs and hundreds of like-minded donors, all of which are planning to spend almost $900 million over the next two years advancing conservative candidates and policies.
In his remarks, David Koch suggested the political organizations he and his brother oversee would not intervene in the Republican primaries on behalf of one candidate.
But according to the two attendees, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, David Koch indicated the family might personally offer financial support to Walker.