So, with Citizens United the money is flowing like mad in US politics, and two of the biggest people behind that are the Koch brothers. They are expected to funnel 400 million US dollars into the campaign for the GOP in the next election.
Now, one of them has come out for two things that seem anathema to US republicans: same-sex marriage and raising taxes. The Republicans don’t like to raise taxes, like at all, and the congress people have to sign a pledge not to vote for that, afaik.
Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP’s stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.
Koch, who is serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York, spoke to POLITICO after delivering brief remarks at a reception held in his honor by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group he chairs and has helped fund.
The problem is, of course, that the Koch brothers pay for a lot of congress-people’s campaigns. And if they come out for both same-sex marriage and raising taxes, then that’s going to throw a spammer into the works of the current GOP narrative.
If the Koch brothers put their money where their mouths are, then… a lot of GOP candidates will be have to choose between money for campaigns, or following the current narrative which is both anti-gay and anti-government.
Not that I expect to see any of that, of course. But it makes me wonder why this Koch-brother went public like that. Shot across the bow?