The propaganda-loving billionaire has become so deeply entrenched in the Beltway that he is almost too ubiquitous to mention in the public debate.
He is one of the two largest donors to the GOP and the two biggest GOP contributors to the presidential candidates, giving between $1 million and $3 million a year.
And he has become such a key figure in Washington that he was named as one of The Week’s Most Influential People of 2017, a designation that means the president of the United States was more influential than any other person in American politics.
He has a reputation for being a straight shooter who is not afraid to make the most outlandish claims.
That includes the claim that President Barack Obama has been involved in a conspiracy against America, a claim that has been widely debunked.
Yet the jockeying for position among the Belt Way billionaires is intense, and there are many that are vying for their support.
A group of GOP mega-donors who gave to the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, for example, were among those calling on the party to stop supporting Koch-backed candidates, including former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Gov.
John Kasich (R.
Koch’s backers argue that his conservative ideas are more likely to advance in the Republican Party than those of other major donors, and that the Kochs have more money to spend to get their message out.
They are also right.
The Kochs’ influence in Washington is staggering, and they have spent an estimated $889 million on campaign ads this election cycle.
In total, the Koch brothers have spent $889.8 million to influence the outcome of this election.
In a few key states, like Texas and Florida, they have already spent millions of dollars to help elect Republican candidates.
In California, for instance, the billionaire Koch brothers spent $4.2 million to help Rep. Darrell Issa (R) win his first term.
In Michigan, they spent more than $2 million in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder.
In Pennsylvania, the same group has spent more $1.4 million to support state Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Democrat.
And in Florida, the group has donated at least $1,500 to former Gov.
Jeb Bush (R).
A handful of other billionaires have also contributed money to conservative candidates.
Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch gave $1 billion to the conservative Club for Growth, and $2 billion to Americans for Prosperity.
They have also donated more than half a billion dollars to Republicans, but they are not considered big donors to campaigns because of their conservative views.
They still give to Republicans but not enough to support the party’s candidates.
The same Koch brothers and others also have poured millions into GOP super PACs, which are allowed to raise unlimited funds from individuals, corporations and unions.
These groups can spend unlimited amounts to attack and defeat political opponents, and have also spent millions in support or opposition to Democratic candidates.
Some of the biggest Republican super PACs have spent more on television ads than candidates running in the general election.
They also spend money to boost Republican candidates running for state legislative, state and federal office.
The most expensive super PAC to date, the conservative super PAC American Crossroads, has spent at least a quarter-billion dollars to support candidates in four key states.
One of its biggest contributors is hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, whose hedge fund Elliott Management, has donated more to Republican candidates than to Democratic ones.
The super PAC also recently spent $2.7 million on ads in Florida.
Singer has donated $1 to every candidate who has been in office since 2011.
He also has contributed to Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, and to the pro-choice group Americans United for Life.
The Super PACs are not just big donors.
They run ads and organize events designed to influence voters in the swing states where they are located.
They organize phone banks, get out the vote drives and help people cast their ballots.
In recent weeks, Republican super PAC Restore Our Future has been running an ad campaign in Florida and other swing states that uses the same messaging that has helped elect Republicans to office.
And conservative groups have spent millions on the Super PACs’ television ads.
One group that has spent a lot on the TV ads is Americans for Job Security, a group that advocates for lower taxes, smaller government and a stronger economy.
In some of its ads, Americans for Jobs has targeted Mitt Romney and President Obama for their jobs record, and criticized them for raising taxes and cutting spending to reduce the federal deficit.
In one ad, the narrator says: “We’ve been told that the president and Mitt have a plan to help our country’s workers and families, but Mitt Romney doesn’t.”
It is an advertisement that could be effective against President Obama in November, especially if he decides to run again in the 2020 election.
Republicans say that the Super PAC ads are a sign that Democrats