Kochs influence on Trump

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from IBT 6/20/2017

Why The Koch Brothers Have So Much Influence On Trump: It Starts With Pence

By Lydia O’Neal On 6/20/17 at 6:14 PM EDT

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and White House Chief of Staff Reince are among 16 senior White House officials with influence over policy making that have ties to the fundraising empire of billionaires Charles and David Koch, according to a new report. Above, (from left to right) Conway, Priebus, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Senior Advisor Stephen Miller were photographed on the South Lawn of the White House upon landing with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., May 17, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Billionaire oil and gas magnates Charles and David Koch may not have supported President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, but the reality-star-turned-commander-in-chief is filling his senior White House official positions with people linked in some way to the brothers’ network: 70 percent of his filled senior White House official positions, to be exact.

That’s according to a new report from the Checks & Balances Project, which scrutinized the backgrounds of the 23 senior White House officials with “direct policy influence,” according to C&BP Executive Director Scott Peterson, and found that 16 of them have some link to the Koch brothers.

Read: The Koch Brothers Want A New Constitution — And They’re Closer Than You Think

Some of the connections are tenuous, such as that of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who, in his previous capacity as Republican National Committee chairman, has worked closely with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both of whom have long histories of Koch support. Others with stronger ties, such as Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway, who sat on the board of the Koch-funded conservative group Independent Women’s Forum, are more familiar. And other longtime Koch associates in the White House have received somewhat less attention.

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