Stephen Bannon: If Pence Becomes President, He Will Be 'Owned' By Koch Bros.

Speaking with the New Yorker, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon lamented that Vice President Mike Pence is beholden to the Koch brothers' political agenda. Image credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

According to the Hill, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon lamented that Vice President Mike Pence is beholden to the Koch brothers' political agenda.

“I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own,” Bannon told The New Yorker.

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.

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