The rise of Donald Trump seems to have left the Republican party in a state of flux prior to one of the most important elections in the history of the GOP. The Wall Street Journal reports Charles Koch has been making major waves in the party after reportedly explaining to a journalist that he may be forced to provide backing for the campaign of Democrat Hilary Clinton should Donald Trump be given the Republican nomination for the Presidency.
Charles Koch is one of the best known political donors in the U.S. after spending much of the last three decades providing support for conservative policies and candidates alongside his brother David. The Koch brothers, as they have become known, are important donors for the GOP as they head a group of like minded wealthy individuals who share their passion and belief for conservative values dating back to the Reagan Presidency of the 1980s.
Charles Koch has been an important figure in U.S. business since taking his first steps into the Koch Industries company at the request of his father in the 1960s. At the outset of his business career Charles Koch arrived at a company based firmly in the oil refining business; by the 21st century Charles and brother David have transformed the business into many different areas and industries to become the largest privately owned company in the U.S.
For many individuals in the GOP the thought of a Donald Trump run for the Presidency has caused major problems that does not reflect the growing anger at the donor class many see Charles Koch as part of. The campaign of Donald Trump has so far failed to take in the fact Charles Koch has led a group of donors who have won impressive victories for the Republican Party in recent years, which includes the seizure of many governor positions in what have traditionally been Democrat strongholds. Donald Trump would do well to discuss strategy and how to campaign successfully with Charles Koch before he uses his vast wealth to support Hilary Clinton’s campaign.