The Koch brothers will focus their immense influence on gubernatorial and congressional races.
Buoyed in part by a strong stock market and generous tax cuts courtesy Donald Trump and the Republicans, the 400 wealthiest Americans delivered a record-breaking year.
A network of radical conservative think-tanks spanning all 50 states is planning direct marketing campaigns targeted personally at union members to encourage them to quit. The secret push, the group hopes, could cost unions up to a fifth of their 7 million members, lead to the loss of millions of dollars in income and undermine a cornerstone of the American middle-class.
The group is funded by such billionaire conservative donors as the Koch brothers and the Walton Family Foundation that stems from the Walmart fortune.
In the report, they claim credit for high-profile wins such as the repeal of the clean power plan, the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.
“People with a political agenda clearly have their eye on two of the most influential of the magazines in America.”
When the history of Donald Trump’s Administration is written, people may point to the appointment of a Koch brothers’ operative to a little-known White House position as a turning point in Trump’s evolution from unorthodox Republican candidate to doctrinaire corporate politician.