What if the Koch brothers were to take control of the federal government?
The Koch brothers have become an unlikely force in the conservative movement, with an unprecedented political agenda and a wide array of resources.
But one of the most prominent Kochs — their founder and chairman, Charles Koch — has not been shy about expressing his desire to expand his influence.
The Koch brothers, whose Koch Industries was recently named one of Fortune’s “most powerful companies of 2017,” have been busy building their vast wealth by using their vast resources to influence politics.
They have spent millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates and candidates in both parties, from the 2012 presidential election to the 2018 midterm elections.
In the Senate, Kochs helped pass a budget that cut spending and privatized much of the government.
And this year, they have started to take their plans to the state level.
The brothers, who are also known for their ideological purity and opposition to immigration, have been instrumental in getting the state of Washington to adopt a state-level tax on carbon emissions and to pass legislation to eliminate a requirement that employers offer paid sick leave.
In some states, they are also taking steps to expand their political influence through direct campaign contributions.
In addition, they recently launched a nonprofit called the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for policies favorable to the wealthy, and they are working to pass a law in Alabama that would allow corporations to spend up to $10 million in campaign contributions in state races.
In his State of the Union address in January, President Donald Trump criticized the Kochs for being “the worst kind of people,” who “want to do whatever they can to make it harder for Americans to get ahead and help their own business.”
The Kochs have been especially outspoken in the past year in defending the fossil fuel industry and its influence on the country.
They were among the first to take on the Koch Brothers, who have used their vast political and financial resources to attack them.
In February, a Kochs-linked group called Americans for Prosperity launched an attack ad against then-Senator Luther Strange, who had endorsed the Koch Industries.
It featured a clip of Strange calling the Koch’s influence “a very dangerous thing.”
On March 8, the Koch-backed political action committee Americans for Job Security began airing a radio ad attacking Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican from Alaska who had supported an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would have provided states with more flexibility to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants.
The ad features a clip from the Senate floor in which Murkowski says, “This is a threat to our economy.”
The ad was aimed at voters in the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, two of the swing votes in the Senate.
The Kochs’ ads have also targeted several Democratic senators, including Al Franken of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Kamala Harris of California.
Koch Industries has been one of several large donors that have poured money into the 2018 midterms.
They gave more than $250 million to candidates and parties in the 2018 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
They also gave more money than any other group to Republican candidates, including more than the $2.5 million spent by the American Action Network, a super PAC that has received money from Koch Industries and other donors, according the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Center for Public Integrity has found that the Koch network is among the largest donors to Republican lawmakers, with the Koch Foundation giving the most money.
The group has given a total of $10.2 million to the candidates, party committees, super PACs, and state committees that will be on the ballot this year.
The foundation also has given more than half a million dollars to Democratic politicians, according a Center for Media and Democracy analysis of federal and state campaign finance data.
The billionaire Koch brothers’ influence is not limited to the U.S. The group has funded groups that oppose climate change policy in at least 22 states, according an analysis of state election records by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, an advocacy group.
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the powerful lobbying group that is the largest private-sector trade association in the country, has also been an active player in the Republican Party, helping lead the push for the Koch administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
ALEC, as it is known, is a nonprofit association of state legislators, who create state policy.
In the 2016 elections, ALEC passed several anti-LGBT bills, including one that blocked cities from passing their own laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination.
ALEC has also helped pass anti-transgender legislation.
In a statement to Business Insider, a spokesperson for ALEC said that the group is “committed to holding elected officials accountable, and ALEC is committed to advancing and protecting the rights of all Americans.
We continue to be a leader in promoting a fair and open democracy, which is why we have been a critical player in defending a number of federal policies in states across the country.”