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Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

Charles and David Koch lead a network of conservative donors that plans to spend $750 million on 2016's elections. As recently as November 2015, Charles Koch said his network would wait to endorse a candidate, but Rubio, Cruz and Paul are considered favorites.

Opposing health care reform

Cruz, along with the entire Republican field, opposes the Affordable Care Act. He’s taken the added step of pledging a repeal of the law in 2017 if elected.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

Opposing climate change legislation

Cruz has been especially aggressive on the issue of climate change, claiming the issue is a hoax not supported by data. He opposes measures to control pollution and carbon emissions.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

Rand Paul

Rand Paul

To the Koch brothers, the Kentucky senator is a like-minded libertarian. But all signs suggest the political kingmakers of the Koch network will withhold their blessing from Paul, especially after he fumbled early attempts to flatter big donors.

Opposing health care reform

Like his fellow Republican candidates, Paul opposes the Affordable Care Act. This falls in line with one of the Koch network’s top priorities.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

Opposing climate change legislation

Entering the Senate, Paul professed a belief in the science of climate change and global warming. Now, he sings a different tune, opposing the president’s Clean Power Plan.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

Charles and David Koch lead a network of conservative donors that plans to spend $750 million on 2016's elections. As recently as November 2015, Charles Koch said his network would wait to endorse a candidate, but Rubio, Cruz and Paul are considered favorites.

Opposing health care reform

Rubio is a longtime opponent of the Affordable Care Act. In the Senate, he has helped strip parts of the policy, prompting dozens of insurers to drop out of ACA exchanges in 2014.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

Opposing climate change legislation

Although he supported cap-and-trade legislation in the Florida statehouse, he said in a recent debate that it would “destroy” the U.S. economy. He opposes carbon taxes and other measures to control pollution.

Donors who could benefit

  • The Koch brothers
  • Businessmen

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