Saturday, January 27, 2018
The influential Koch network plans to invest close to $400 million toward protecting Republican majorities in the 2018 midterm election cycle, the network's leaders confirmed Saturday -- roughly a 60 percent increase over the group's 2016 spending, they said.
"This network is going to have the largest investment we've ever had in a midterm election in 2018," said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, one of the groups under the Koch umbrella.
"So, we're all in."
A key component of the Koch networks' strategy to counter a Democratic surge will focus on selling the sweeping tax reform passed by congressional Republicans and signed into law by the president last month.
The Koch network plans to spend roughly $20 million on that effort alone, said a spokesman, James Davis -- on par with the investment the network made last year in pushing for the plan's passage.
Republicans and the Koch network will have their work cut out for them: When Congress approved the legislation in December, most Americans opposed it.
Republicans are bracing for a punishing election year in 2018, a dynamic that Phillips acknowledged.
Another challenge for Republicans is an energized Democratic electorate, Phillips added, as reflected in the Virginia governor's race last fall and recent special elections.
"The left is energized," Phillips said. "There's no question about that. And it's prudent for folks to understand that and acknowledge that."
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