The Koch brothers have said they (and their affiliates) hope to spend $900 million in the 2016 elections.
Three Republican senators – all 2016 presidential hopefuls — will participate in a panel discussion Sunday night in Palm Springs, Calif., hosted by a group affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers. The topics include the economy, energy and health care.
The panel, part of a larger gathering over the weekend, marks the start of early jockeying by Republicans for the Koch network’s campaign dollars. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida will attend the panel, which will be moderated by ABC News’ chief White House correspondent, Jonathan Karl. While Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, holds a winter meeting annually, this year is the first to include a policy forum of this kind. It’s also the first that will be made available to the news media: The group plans to email to reporters a link to a live-stream video of the event Sunday evening. The rest of the winter meeting will remain closed to the press.