Finally – the nation’s top politically-minded billionaires have something they can agree on: tax cuts.
Despite their deep reservations about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign – and their outright refusal to support his campaign – the Koch Brothers finally found a way to make the Trump presidency work for them. They recently announced that two of the largest organizations within their vast political network, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, will be rolling out huge advertising campaigns to help Trump’s tax reform plan become a reality.
The Koch’s campaign will cover all the bases: digital advertising, direct mail and grass-roots organization. It’s unlikely that the expressed message will be a specific endorsement of Trump’s plan, but it will likely be in support of a plan that closely mirrors it.
James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners told Politico that although he would not put a precise price tag on the campaign, it would be a “multi-million-dollar effort,” running through the fall in targeted congressional districts and could eventually include TV ads as well.
“We’ve been trying to work with Congress as well as the administration to push forward comprehensive tax reform,” Davis continued to tell Politico. “This plan aligns pretty well with what the White House has put out so far on comprehensive tax reform.”
Among the places where the Trump Administration, Republicans in Congress and the Koch network agree, are on issues like reducing business taxes, eliminating a tax on a company’s overseas earnings, lowering taxes on investments, eliminating the alternative minimum tax and ending the estate tax. In other words, all kinds of things you would expect international business moguls to be in favor of.
The Koch Brothers and those in their network are well-seasoned political operatives – and that could work in Trump’s favor. Whether you are a Trump fan or not, one glaring difficulty for his administration is the struggle to stay on message. A single tweet from the president can easily undo a week’s worth of messaging (and ruin Sean Spicer’s weekend).
But instead of relying on the newcomer-filled administration, Trump and Republicans in Congress would probably be more than happy to pass the torch to the Koch Brothers and let their complex political network head up the messaging for the Trump tax plan – even without explicitly naming it the “Trump tax plan.” That would be doubly true if the Dealmaker in Chief continues to be bogged down by other matters.
And if the Koch brothers have proved themselves in any fashion, it’s their ability to bankroll and manage large-scale movements on specific legislation. Luckily for Donald Trump, they are on his side. For now.