Charles and David H. Koch, the billionaire conservative brothers, downsized their political advocacy network, but insist that they won't abandon their efforts, according to Politico.
Despite pledging to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, the Koch brothers eventually scaled that back to $750 million.
"Our latest budget is going to be lower because people aren't contributing as much," Charles Koch said in an interview with American Public Media in October 2015.
According to Politico, the brothers lost the support of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, possibly due to their including two academics who've been accused of anti-Semitism for their criticism of Israel.
Adelson cited the lack of support for Israel from the Democratic Party as one of the key reasons he switched to the GOP in a 2012 Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Top Koch official Mark Holden claims the network isn't backing down from politics, merely reorganizing.
"The world is constantly changing, and we have to do so in our network as well, and that's why we reorganized last month — or announced it, and are still in the process of it," Holden told Politico Tuesday.
According to unnamed officials in the Koch organization speaking to Politico, a plan is in place to merge the existing network groups and to narrow their focus to mobilize 5 million voters instead of 10 million.
The Koch network sat out the presidential race in the upcoming election, but did spend millions of TV ads in the earlier stage of the election.
According to James Davis, spokesman for central Koch group Freedom Partners, "TV ads are less effective at the end of a campaign, so our strategy was always to spend early on television and then to shift to grassroots for the get out the vote operation," he told Politico.
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