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Donald Trump: The Future President

 
 
Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2015 06:48 am
The Koch Brothers Freeze Out Donald Trump
Source: Politico.com 7/29/15 5:16 AM EDT



The Koch brothers are freezing out Donald Trump from their influential political operation — denying him access to their state-of-the-art data and refusing to let him speak to their gatherings of grass-roots activists or major donors. Continued stiff-arming by the powerful Koch network could limit Trump’s ability to build a professional campaign operation to mobilize supporters ahead of primaries and caucuses. The Koch operation has spurned entreaties from the Trump campaign to purchase state-of-the-art data and analytics services from a Koch-backed political tech firm called i360, and also turned down a request to allow Trump to speak at an annual grass-roots summit next month in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity, POLITICO has learned.


Despite a long and cordial relationship between the real estate showman and David Koch, as well as a raft of former Koch operatives who are now running Trump’s presidential campaign, the Koch political operation appears to have concluded that Trump is the wrong standard-bearer for the GOP. And the network of Koch-backed policy and political outfits is using behind-the-scenes influence to challenge Trump more forcefully than the Republican Party establishment — by limiting his access to the support and data that would help him translate his lead in the polls into a sustainable White House campaign.




In addition, Trump was not invited to the annual summer gathering of the network of hundreds of conservative mega-donors and operatives helmed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch. That’s despite the Trump campaign filling out a questionnaire detailing the candidate’s policy positions and submitting it to Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the Koch umbrella group organizing the summit. The three-day meeting in Orange County, California, will feature appearances from a handful of candidates whose politics reflect more closely the Kochs’ fiscally conservative worldview — including Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker — and even long-shot Carly Fiorina. Rand Paul, who is also fondly regarded by some in the Koch operation, was invited, but he has not accepted and is unlikely to attend.



It’s unclear whether the Koch network intends to weigh in more directly against Trump, with the preferred approach seemingly being to allow him to flame out on his own. But if the network were to decide to mobilize against him, it could strain its efforts to remain above the GOP fray, while also testing its ability to shape the primary.




Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/kochs-freeze-out-trump-120752.html
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2015 08:42 am
@bobsal u1553115,
awwwwww he's not invited to georgeob's summer party in the woods

Crying or Very sad
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jul, 2015 09:02 am
@ehBeth,
Oh dear! The snipe hunt just won't seem the same without him. He almost bagged one last time.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2015 05:12 am
@bobsal u1553115,
The Koch brothers sound a lot like Old Man Bickford. This is how Republican nominees are chosen.

bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Fri 31 Jul, 2015 10:57 am
@izzythepush,
Nice collection.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 1 Aug, 2015 04:22 am
@bobsal u1553115,
Trump is in Scotland right now.

bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sat 1 Aug, 2015 05:43 am
@izzythepush,
His last foray didn't go really well:
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mackenzieadams
 
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Reply Tue 20 Oct, 2015 03:14 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
If you're interested in understanding how Trump sees the world, get a copy of The Watchman's Rattle by Rebecca Costa - one of the very few books he endorsed. It's hard to put this book down.
https://secure4.ssmedia.com/rebeccacosta/shop/
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 25 Oct, 2015 09:12 am
@mackenzieadams,
Saw some excerpts, very interesting.

The price is very reasonable.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Sun 25 Oct, 2015 09:48 am
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