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Koch network opens its doors to Democrats as it expands political engagement

by Brian Schwartz, CNBC, June 2019

The political arm of the network funded in part by libertarian billionaire Charles Koch is turning over a new leaf for the upcoming elections and expanding its engagement to include supporting Democrats running for office.

In a memo distributed to employees and activists, Emily Seidel, CEO of the Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity, said the organization is going into the next round of congressional elections being open to backing Democrats in primary fights as long as they support some of the networks proposed policies.

“AFP or AFP Action [the group’s super PAC] will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done,” Seidel said.

Historically the political network has only backed Republicans running for Congress.

The move to open its doors to Democrats comes after recent disagreements with lawmakers and Trump on how they’ve handled the immigration status of Dreamers — immigrants brought into the country as children. Click To Tweet
The Koch’s are neoliberals of the worst order. This move is rooted in promoting capitalism into the left, thereby developing centrists they can more easily manipulate.

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