The Koch brothers’ Latino front group, the LIBRE Initiative, is finally taking the plunge and calling for the direct election of Marco Rubio — an open act of partisan political advocacy that they’ve previously only done more subtly (i.e., without saying the magic “vote for” words). The Kochs must be nervous about their major investment (more than $5.4 million) in Rubio, who looks to be caught in the race of his life.
This is technically the first time LIBRE has spent money to help elect a candidate, though far from the first time the Koch brothers have used their billionaire donor network to help Republicans eager to do their bidding.
American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement on the Kochs’ latest Rubio intervention:
“Investing millions into Marco Rubio’s political career, Charles and David Koch have painstakingly made a loyal foot soldier out of Rubio, who has, in turn, earned a 100% lifetime rating from their Americans for Prosperity group.
“Given Rubio’s shameless willingness to back the Kochs’ selfish agenda at the expense of Florida’s working families, you can be sure that the billionaires will be doing everything they can to make sure they get their loyal Florida man back to the Senate this fall.”
Read Bridge Project’s full report on the Kochs in Florida here: