While many deplore millionaires and billionaires awarding money to political candidates, these benefactors feel it’s necessary to support nominees who agree with their ideas and philosophies. Years ago Paul Harvey said, “I am fiercely loyal to those willing to put their money where their mouth is.” Candidates competing in local, congressional, senate and the presidency who agree with the wealthy donor’s theories receive large donations. In today’s environment candidates require large sums of money to impel and impress their constituency. Getting your name out to the public is imperative. When you run for office in America you need money for advertising on television and print media. Additionally, salaries for staff member and travel requires plenty of money. Running for office is an expensive undertaking.
Despite Koch’s disappointment Koch has promised donations close to a $900 million for presidential candidates running as Republicans. Koch gives to many, especially Republicans and libertarian causes. In the past his interests have been in advancing libertarian ideas. “We’re being attacked every day by blogs, other newspapers, media, people in government, and they were totally perverting what we do and why we do it. We have had other people answering it,” Koch said. “But I’m the evil guy, so I need to come out and show who I am, like it or not.”
Koch doesn’t mind using money to support candidates even though candidates oppose or ignore his opinions. Koch hopes the candidates will eventually consider his list of issues he’s put forth. Perhaps someone from the vast field of Republicans can understand the logic, passion and philosophy behind Charles Koch’s commitment and his dedication to politics in America. Until then he will continue to support candidates who embrace hints of what the Republican party stood for years ago.