- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The network backed by the conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch plans to spend nearly $1 billion on the 2016 elections, laying down a financial marker well before the cycle truly gets under way.

The $889 million sum from the group Freedom Partners would be almost twice what 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney spent from his campaign in the last presidential cycle, the Associated Press reported.

Democrats, notably Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, have decried the Koch brothers’ monetary influence on the political system, with Mr. Reid repeatedly taking to the Senate floor to accuse them of trying to “buy America.”

Democrats have also pushed for a constitutional amendment to try to limit the amount of money in politics as liberal outside interest groups pour money into campaigns as well, saying they can’t be expected to unilaterally disarm in the money race.

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