I could smoosh David Koch between my two fingers.
Looks like the Koch brothers have concluded that Reince is a little
out of his league
with The Donald, so they're taking matters into their own hands, report
Kenneth Vogel and Cate Martel:
Despite a long and cordial relationship between the real estate showman and David Koch, as well as a raft of former Koch operatives who are now running Trump’s presidential campaign, the Koch political operation appears to have concluded that Trump is the wrong standard-bearer for the GOP. And the network of Koch-backed policy and political outfits is using behind-the-scenes influence to challenge Trump more forcefully than the Republican Party establishment — by limiting his access to the support and data that would help him translate his lead in the polls into a sustainable White House campaign.
The Koch operation has spurned entreaties from the Trump campaign to purchase state-of-the-art data and analytics services from a Koch-backed political tech firm called i360, and also turned down a request to allow Trump to speak at an annual grass-roots summit next month in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, POLITICO has learned.
This is pretty great. Koch v. Trump. Also pretty great that the Kochs have standards. Who knew? But so far, advantage Trump. He apparently didn't need the Kochs' precious data to figure out how to get on that debate stage next week. But certainly he'll want access to that $900 million
their network has promised to lavish on the 2016 election cycle.
Just guessing we haven't seen the last of this story.
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