By early 2017, Charles and David Koch, with a combined net worth of more than $ 100 billion, became leaders of the Libertarian jungle, freely affiliated with the Republican Party, which, after eight years, once again controlled the White House under its wings, as did the chambers of Congress as well as many state legislatures.
Under the administration of Donald J. The Trump prospects of the Koch brothers in Washington seemed to improve, at least superficially. But beneath the surface lie significant political and personal differences between Cox and Mr. Trump. Until the nomads approve him, David Koch attended his election night victory party and later met with the president-elect at his Palm Beach resort in Mar-a-Lago. Cox contributed a great deal to Vice President Mike Pence's two campaigns for governor of Indiana and counted half a dozen close allies in the election of the president's cabinet and Republican councilors.
This turned out to be prophetic. As the 2018 congressional election approaches, Cox's frustration with Mr. Trump has exploded in an ugly and open exchange between Charles Koch and the president. Charles condemned Mr. Trump's restrictive policies as divisive and threatened to withhold family support for Republican candidates who oppose free trade policy and shrink government underpinning Koch's political philosophy Mr Trump hit Twitter again, calling Koch's political apparatus "overrated" "And" tota
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Critics accused Cochs of buying influence and using his political machine to manipulate elections and government policy under the guise of patriotism and freedom. These efforts, the critics said, covered to reduce taxes and federal regulations governing business, the environment and other interests, primarily to the benefit of the Koch family and its businesses.
Jane Meyer, New York-based writer and critic The Koch Brothers, said in her book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (2016), that the libertarian policies they adopt take advantage of chemical companies and Koch fossil fuels, which were among the worst pollutants in the nation. and paid millions of fines and court decisions for hazardous waste violations.
"Reducing taxes and repealing regulations, reducing the welfare state and eliminating campaign spending restrictions may or may not help others," Ms. Mayer wrote, "But they certainly strengthen the hand of endorsers with extraordinary wealth. The Koch brothers denied the allegations.