Check out this article in The Washington Post about the Kochs brothers plan to replicate President Obama’s campaign — but funded by dark money.
“Billionaire Koch brothers’ network takes cue from Obama’s playbook”
By Matea Gold
Kathy Birjandi was heading out the door with her two sons on a sweltering morning when she encountered a politely smiling duo from the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity on her porch.
“Ma’am, do you have time for a quick survey about the economy?” asked Carlos Muhletaler, a senior field director for AFP. Ninety seconds later, he had logged key details about the 45-year-old mom into an iPad app, including the fact that she considers herself a political moderate and has mixed feelings about the Affordable Care Act.
The information gathered by Muhletaler and a dozen AFP volunteers who knocked on more than 400 doors in Boca Raton on Tuesday instantly flowed back to the eighth floor of an office building in Arlington, Va., where a team of 80 engineers, analysts and data scientists is working to refine a massive voter database.
The summer canvassing is part of a mission that consumes the political network backed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, which plans to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections. The network’s resources are financing a host of activities, including a campaign to derail the Export-Import Bank and efforts to reform the criminal-justice system.
But one of the prime objectives could have a direct impact on Election Day 2016: to create a permanent ground force powered by a vast trove of data, replicating the kind of infrastructure that helped President Obama win reelection.
Already, roughly 1,000 full-time staffers are working for Koch network organizations such as AFP, Concerned Veterans for America and the Libre Initiative — more than double the number four years ago, according to officials.