With longtime project Scott Walker now back in the Cheesehead state licking his wounds, the billionaire Koch brothers are panicking. If anyone was damaged by the Donald Trump revolution it has been the deep-pocketed establishment industrialists who have long been kingmakers for aspiring conservatives. The “libertarian” Kochs have conducted a number of auditions for the nearly $1 billion that they are planning to shell out in order to get a candidate that they can count on to return the favor once elected. Now, with their top racehorse having been sent to the glue factory, the Wichita plutocrats are going to have to have to spend millions more by trying to take down Trump even before they get to the general election. The Kochs, like all establishment conservatives are drinking the Carly Fiorina Kool Aid and by all indications will soon become her personal sugar daddies.
Reuters reports on the new apple of the Koch’s eye in the story “Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Fiorina” from which I excerpt:
Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign.
Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.
She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the sources said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is among those on the coveted list, the sources said.
A spokesman for the Kochs declined to comment
Fiorina’s campaign now appears far less of a long-shot than it did over the summer, when she was struggling with sparse crowds, scant name recognition and a coffer of just $5 million that put her at the bottom of the money race.
Her campaign thus far has been a bare-bones operation, relying on a young, relatively low-paid, skeletal staff as opposed to the sprawling operations built by more well-endowed candidates like Bush.
Support from the Kochs would change her operation overnight.
“We think she’s pretty viable,” said broadcasting billionaire Stanley Hubbard, a member of the Koch brothers’ network of conservative advocacy groups who donates heavily to political candidates.
The Kochs have been keeping a close eye on Fiorina ever since she announced in May, the Koch sources said. They extended an invite to her to speak at their exclusive summit of rich donors at an oceanfront luxury resort in August along with Rubio, Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Fiorina, the lowest polling candidate at the gathering, impressed the big money attendees with her mastery of policy detail and heavyweight stage presence. “She’s good in the room,” said one participant at the event, who declined to be named.
The Fiorina campaign, and the independent fund-raising Super PAC supporting her, declined comment.
Now while I am and have been an agnostic on the Kochs, one thing that can be said is that at least their businesses actually make something that benefits Americans and actually creates jobs. This is very much unlike the Wall Street-Chamber of Commerce axis of avarice which primarily derived lavish profits by rigging the game to offshore jobs by the millions, import illegals to drive down wages and skimming money off of financial transactions and a government backstopped stock market. That being said, it is pretty damned un-American for any group or person to use their billions to buy politicians who will rig the system in their favor as well as get laws passed that screw the average Joe and Jane on Main Street. But that is the country that we live in, a star-spangled banana republic where the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision turned over what was once a vibrant democracy into the best one that money can buy.
Can one blame the Kochs by taking advantage of the system as it exists? Probably no more so than you can blame Trump for using the bankruptcy laws as a tool of doing business. The real problems are the frauds and charlatans who are the politicians groveling for the money to advance their own ambitions and have no qualms about stabbing the voters in the back once they are elected. Phony Fiorina is one of them, despite her carefully crafted rhetoric – a former CEO is a seasoned professional when it comes to bullshitting people – she is an elitist and an insider who ran two major tech corporations into the ground while enriching herself. Some may start calling her a “Koch whore” now that she is prepared to rake in the dough but she has always been a cold and cunning piece of work with a monumental ego and an uncanny ability to wield a blade.
I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2015