Bannon's concern is shared by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who conveyed much the same:
“If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers — period. He’s been their tool for years,” Whitehouse said.
Who are the Koch brothers?
- Charles Koch is the Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the United States.
- His brother, David Koch, serves as the Executive Vice President of the company.
- The brothers have all but become a household name in recent years as their political activities, including work via Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, Freedom Partners, and others, have garnered mainstream media attention.
- Leading up to the 2016 presidential campaign, the network of Koch organizations anticipated an $889 million spending goal , though once Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, their efforts shifted to state and local elections.
Concerns regarding the vice president's link to the Koch family are not unfounded:
Pence, who has close ties to the Kochs, in July served as the keynote speaker for a Koch brothers summit in August and spoke to a gathering of their network of conservative donors as recently as Friday.