Charles Koch Donates $ Million to Help Senate Republicans

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Billionaire Charles Koch may not be jumping into the presidential race, but last month he contributed $3 million to a super PAC working to keep the Senate in Republican hands.

His donation to Freedom Partners Action Fund helped the super PAC collect $8.1 million in May, according to a draft of the filing the group will submit to the Federal Election Commission in the coming days. The super PAC is a political arm of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a trade group at the center of Koch’s large policy network.

Other large donors to Freedom Partners in May included Wisconsin roofing magnate Diane Hendricks and Mountaire Corporation, the poultry company owned by Arkansas businessman Ronald Cameron. Each donated $2 million.

Freedom Partners and Koch-affiliated groups already have spent more than $15 million advertising in Senate contests to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents in Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and to help elect a Republican to an open Democratic seat in Nevada.

Politico first reported Koch’s donation to Freedom Partners.

“Freedom Partners Action Fund is focused on supporting freedom-oriented candidates in the Senate,” the group’s spokesman James Davis said in an email. “The current majority is preferable on a range of issues, particularly their support to protect free speech.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Fredreka Schouten

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