Charles Koch's network of donors and organizations will use its political and financial might to keep Donald Trump from winning the presidency in 2024. "The best thing for the country would be to have a president in 2025 who represents a new chapter," Emily Seidel, chief executive of Americans for Prosperity, the flagship group, said in memo released Sunday, the Washington Post reports. The organization launched by billionaires David and Charles Koch, though it spends millions supporting Republican candidates and causes, stayed out of presidential primary fight for the last couple of cycles. It promises now to take a leading role in keeping Trump from a second term.
"Lots of people are frustrated," Seidel said in the memo. "But very few people are in a position to do something about it. AFP is. Now is the time to rise to the occasion." She said the GOP has been nominating "bad candidates who are advocating for things that go against core American principles." Better candidates are needed, she said, which will require involvement earlier in the process, especially in primaries, per Axios. The memo didn't mention Trump's name, though the meaning was clear, and an organization official confirmed to CNN that it won't back the former president's candidacy.
The network includes hundreds of donors and has influenced politics for 15 years. It spent almost $500 million in the 2020 cycle, per the New York Times. The memo was sent after a weekend conference of affiliated donors and activists in Palm Springs, California. David Koch died in 2019. His brother remains active and has been able to marshal Republican donors who disagree on certain issues to influence others. (Read more Americans for Prosperity stories.)