It appears the Democrats already have a ready-made excuse if they lost the White House in 2016. You’ve probably heard of these guys before.
Democratic lawmakers say they are deeply worried about how much money Charles and David Koch plan to spend on the 2016 elections.
The billionaire brothers have played a massive role in GOP politics in recent years and were seen by Democrats as a major reason why Republicans recaptured the Senate in 2014. Now, the Kochs are focused on the big prize: the White House.
Polls show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the early favorite to win the White House next year. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed her beating each of the five top Republican candidates by double digits.
But her Democratic allies on Capitol Hill are openly wondering if she can withstand the $889 million onslaught from the Koch brothers and their partners.
“We need to be very smart with the limited resources we have on the Democratic side, because we’re not going to have that kind of firepower in the next election,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.).
Limited resources? Really, you’re going to run with that?
The Koch brothers’ $900 million goal would put them on par with the major political parties. In the 2012 presidential campaign, the Democratic Party spent $1.07 billion and the GOP spent $1.01 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a nonpartisan group that tracks fundraising.
Left unmentioned is the billion-dollar Obama campaign. Oh, and does anyone bother to mention the deep pockets of the Clinton machine?
Ready for Hillary is also raising money for the campaign they hope to see.
They are bracing for an expensive campaign cycle, should Clinton choose to run. Craig Smith, a senior adviser for Ready for Hillary, has made an “educated estimate” that a 2016 campaign could cost $1.7 billion including spending by outside groups, the source confirmed.
They’re practically destitute. Weird, but we never see stories about who George Soros and Tom Steyer are.