The Koch network’s decision to refrain from Trump attacks, despite widespread dislike of the real estate mogul’s views on taxes, trade and other issues, stemmed from several factors besides the divisions among donors: there were concerns that any large TV ad effort could backfire or be ineffective, and more broadly that they had not been involved in presidential primaries before.
Mark Holden, the chairman of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which is the umbrella fundraising hub for the Koch network, said no precedent existed for Trump attacks in the primaries. “First of all, we never have engaged in a presidential primary, and we have no plans to do so now,” Holden said in an email.
But one donor said the network had serious concerns that an effort could “bounce back” and hurt the Koch network given Trump’s penchant for launching tough attacks against critics. When Trump learned last month that Marlene Ricketts had given $3m to Our Principles, he tweeted ominously that her family “better be careful, they have a lot to hide”.Soros, a Nazi collaborator (in spite of being Jewish) is almost a mirror image of the Kochs. And he is freaked out:
The liberal New York financier George Soros, whose effort to unseat President George W. Bush in 2004 shattered political spending records, is returning to big-ticket giving after an 11-year hiatus.I love seeing billionaire puppet masters upset.
Soros has spent or committed more than $13 million to support Hillary Clinton and other Democrats this election cycle, already more than his total disclosed spending in the last two presidential elections combined.
Soros has expressed alarm over the past few months at the candidacies of Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. In a statement last week about a new group he's funding to increase voting by Latinos and immigrants in the election, he again mentioned the two candidates by name.