Election 2016 Koch Brothers

The Koch Brothers Have a Sad

Charles Koch of the Koch Brothers spoke to the Financial Times and lamented their lack of influence on the Republican presidential primary race.

Apparently money can't buy love.

He said a list presented to all the candidates about the Kochs' political arm's priorities “doesn’t seem to faze them much. You’d think we could have more influence.”

“It is hard for me to get a high level of enthusiasm because the things I’m passionate about and I think this country urgently needs aren’t being addressed,” he said.

It's not entirely clear what the Kochs want candidates to say that they aren't saying, but I assume they just haven't talked about cutting taxes for rich nearly enough for their liking.

On the contrary, Donald Trump has struck a more populist tone and downplayed the plight of the rich, depending on what day of the week it is and what audience he's speaking to. And Donald Trump is the frontrunner.

The Kochs reportedly plan to spend anywhere from $700 to $1 billion on campaigns this year. If they don't spend money on Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, they may funnel money into local races which, in many ways, is far more concerning than if they were to hand it all to Trump.

  • Draxiar

    Oh look, they’re eating a big bowl of Campbells’s Crybaby Soup.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “… the things I’m passionate about and I think this country urgently needs aren’t being addressed,” he said.

    Whaddaya know, Charles Koch and I have something in common.

    I don’t think the Republicans are addressing this country’s urgent needs either.

  • muselet

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      LOLOLOL!

      • muselet

        That is an occasionally useful image. Too bad the violin is a bit too large.

        (In case you wondered, the instrument’s real.)

        –alopecia

  • These guys could do so much good in the world, and yet they choose to be selfish dickbags angling for less regulation so they can pollute more, more corporate welfare and personal tax cuts.

    I really wish there was a Hell for these guys to go to.

    • Christopher Foxx

      These guys could do so much good in the world, and yet they choose to be selfish dickbags

      No kidding. They could spend their billion on making vast improvements for others and never even notice they’d done so. They’d have as many houses, as many cars, as much power as they have now.

      Instead, they chose to make things worse for millions of others while, literally, getting nothing for themselves that they don’t already have many times over.

      It’s sociopathy in it’s most pure form.