There is no Koch Network without the Republican Party and there is no Republican Party without the Koch Network.
Everyone interested in politics needs to read "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer. Anyone who hasn't read it is floundering in ignorance of today's politics.
American Action Network (AAN) is an important part of the Koch Network
"Gwenne Alexander, chief executive of ACTION of PA and president of the Chester County chapter, said the group is mostly aligned with Republican values. It also shares common goals with the tea-party-aligned 912 Project. But it goes further in the quest to get conservatives elected.
Alexander said ACTION’s principal activity is scrutinizing the values of candidates for local office. Chiefly, ACTION is concerned with positions on abortion rights and gay marriage. But it often asks would-be officials other values-related questions. Candidates’ answers guide ACTION election endorsements.
'We want to help voters know the top of the ticket, the presidential candidates and where they stand, [but] we want you to know who’s running for township supervisor, too,” Alexander said."
Elizabeth Gibson | Special to PennLive By Elizabeth Gibson | Special to PennLive
on August 02, 2012 at 5:00 AM, updated August 02, 2012 at 8:18 AM
This video of the Action Breakfast January 2014 Meeting of Chester County Republican Party candidates where they forgot Harry Lewis was a candidate was a Koch Network meeting linking Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. See links between the Koch Network and Action at the end of this post.
"KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Jeremy Baker, a field director for the Americans for Prosperity conservative group, was looping through this neatly manicured Philadelphia suburb on a mission last week to make the case against Democratic Senate contender Katie McGinty.
But nearly every voter had someone else on their minds: Donald Trump…
Last week, AFP launched ground operations on behalf of GOP incumbents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin — the earliest the group has ever begun making explicit political appeals in the field.
But just a few hours into the effort, it was apparent how difficult it will be to avoid Trump’s outsize presence in the campaign. And it was clear that even if the Koch network stays out of the presidential race, it could still end up being one of Trump’s best assets.
The Koch operation’s field teams are gathering reams of information on voters in key battleground states, intelligence that filters back to the Republican National Committee and GOP candidates through a data-sharing agreement. Even more valuable is the early organizing push by the network’s robust ground force, which far outstrips Trump’s meager field operation and could help prod ambivalent voters to the polls.
The Washington Post
Matea Gold June 20, 2016
"American Action Network (AAN) is a "501(c)4" Washington, D.C.-based "action tank" created in February 2010 after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision permitted corporations to spend unlimited money influencing elections. AAN spent $26 million on ads in 2010, making it the second-most active outside political spending group that year behind the Chamber of Commerce. As a 501(c)(4), the American Action Network does not have to disclose its donors. The organization is run by Republican political operatives (including engineers of Nixon's illegal and unethical campaign activities) and billionaires (some of whom personally benefitted from the Wall Street bailout).Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the senior policy adviser to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, described the group as a center-right version of the Center for American Progress in the New York Times,  but rather than working on policy analysis, the group has spent large sums of money running ads attacking Democrats during political campaigns. Politico refers to the group as one of the "key outside forces on the right." In January 2011, AAN created the Hispanic Leadership Network to bring more Hispanics to the Republican party.American Action Network is linked to Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC; in fact, they share office space."MORE AT:
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