The head of the Republican National Committee expressed her distaste for the Koch brothers’ decision to use their own voter data program and not support all Republicans running for office in a new email to supporters.
The message was sent out Thursday and consists of a note from Ronna McDaniel, who took issue with Charles and David Kochs’ recent announcement they might even support Democrats — an astounding turn of events, since the pair has spent millions over the years backing Republican candidates.
“First, the most important thing to know is that President Trump has continually made very clear that the RNC is his political arm and he has put his faith in the RNC as the entity that he works with to elect Republicans,” McDaniel wrote.
“Second, some groups who claim to support conservatives forgo their commitment when they decide their business interests are more important than those of the country or Party. This is unacceptable.”
McDaniel went on to explain how the RNC relies on its own vendor to build and maintain “the largest data set that has ever been created so that our analytics are incredibly accurate.”
The Koch brothers, however, use their own data service. McDaniel said the group sells data it collects to some GOP candidates, but many do not have access to it. The data is also not shared with the RNC.
McDaniel admitted that the RNC has always believed that another right-leaning organization could someday “weaponize” its own data against Republicans “if their business interests conflicted with electing Republicans.”
“Sadly, our concerns were recently proven true,” she said.
The Koch brothers’ network plans to spend roughly $400 million during the midterm elections cycle.
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