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Koch Brothers Looking to Work With Trump Admin. Despite Differences

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:54 PM

Charles and David Koch are searching for ways to work with President Donald Trump's administration ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, CBS News reports.

Although the Koch brothers have founded or funded numerous conservative and libertarian political groups, they sat out the 2016 presidential election, with Charles Koch comparing the choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton to voting for "cancer or [a] heart attack," at a Fortune event in July of that year.

This year, the brothers plan to utilize their vast network to support GOP candidates in the upcoming elections, and hope to find ways to ally with the Trump administration despite their differing opinions, on immigration and criminal justice reform most of all.

James Davis, president of In Pursuit Of, the Koch public relations agency, told CBS that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is their "top priority," and that the Koch Latino outreach branch, the LIBRE Initiative, has taken hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill in search of a legislative solution.

"I think our goal is to make sure we're a welcoming country," said Tim Phillips, head of Koch political advocacy arm Americans for Prosperity, at an event last week, after he was asked about the visible tension between the Koch network and the Trump administration.

"And that folks here who come here have an opportunity to live the American dream, which has animated people from around the world for generations. This country has been a beacon of hope for people struggling from the very beginning."

Mark Holden, Koch Industries senior vice president and general counsel focusing on criminal justice policy, added that the Koch network also disagrees with the "tough on crime" approach favored by the administration, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular.

"We had a war on drugs, and drugs won," Holden said.

"They're good-intentioned laws," he added. "And I understand, Attorney General Sessions is basically saying, these are laws on the books. And if we want to change them, there's a way to change them. It shouldn't necessarily be issued by the next attorney general or this attorney general. I agree with him on that.

"That's why I think we need to reform I think the sentencing rules, particularly with regard to non-violent drug offenders. And I think what we should do is stop being stuck in the 80s and the 90s and move on to the 2000s."

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