By Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari, PR Watch, Center for Media and Democracy, 4/20/15
Has Scott Walker won the Koch primary?
Charles and David Koch, the billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately-held companies in the world and the overseers of one of the biggest private political organizations in the country, told Republican donors in New York on April 19 that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is their man for President.
“We will support whoever the candidate is,” David Koch said, “but it should be Scott Walker,” according to an account in the New York Times.
Koch, whose political network plans to spend an astonishing $1 billion in the 2016 presidential elections, said “Scott Walker is terrific and I really wish him all the best. He’s a tremendous candidate to be the nominee in my opinion” (although he later said “I am not endorsing or supporting any candidate for president at this point in time.”)
The Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has been covering Walker–and his Koch backing–since 2011. CMD has identified at least $11.6 million in support for Walker from the Kochs and their affiliated groups, plus millions more in indirect funding….
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