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Charles Koch Ponders Waging A War Against Donald Trump

Many people are wondering if Billionaire industrialist and conservative-leaning businessman Charles Koch can throw a monkey wrench in Donald Trump’s plans to win the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination. In 2012, Koch, along with his younger brother, David, raised over $400 million in the hopes of electing Mitt Romney.

After Romney’s loss and years of blame being heaped on many GOP leaders, the Koch’s redoubled their efforts by raising nearly $900 million to defeat Hillary Clinton – or Bernie Sanders, should he somehow win the nomination. The problem is, no one, not even the great and powerful Charles Koch, could have realized in his worse nightmare that Trump would become the Republican nominee.

Now that Trump is sitting in the cat bird seat, he has a tendency to mock The Koch’s – and anyone else he feels underestimated him – via twitter. The brothers are now inevitably between a rock and a hard place. While they are perfectly willing to spend millions to block Bernie or Hillary, they must decide if going after Trump is worth the effort.

Charles Koch, the eldest son of wealthy industrialist Fred C. Koch, is CEO of Wichita-based Koch Industries. Koch took over the company in 1982. The company is the largest U.S. manufacturer of pollution control equipment, fertilizers, chemicals, consumer products and ranching. Koch is currently ranked as the 9th wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $36 billion.

Koch is a political conservative and a huge donator to many GOP organizations. Koch has authored two books based on his business philosophies. Koch runs several generous foundations that donate to many causes. He is also a strong supporter of the tea party, due to its passion and intensity.

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