Koch brothers total joke in Republican circles, says Trump

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The decision also marks a new chapter in the strained relationship between the Trump administration and the powerful conservative network, which refused to endorse Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The megadonors drew the president's ire after Charles Koch said at a donor retreat in Colorado that their network wouldn't necessarily oppose all Democratic candidates exclusively because of their party affiliation.

Jeff Colyer avoided weighing in Tuesday on President Donald Trump's criticism of the Kansas-based Koch brothers - who are among the most influential Republican donors in the country.

On Twitter, Trump ripped the brothers for "bad ideas" and bragged: "I made them richer".

And little more than three months before the midterm elections, it leaves a marquee Republican Senate campaign without the assistance of one of the conservative movement's most powerful allies as their party fights to maintain control of Congress. We do the ground game because we're not going to equivocate on who we're going to support.

Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Charles Koch signaled to donors sipping on cocktails and wine during Saturday's lakeside reception that he's here to stay.

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"We support policies that help all people improve their lives", James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch network, said in a statement. Thus, the support for Heitkamp, who took on fellow Democrat Elizabeth Warren from MA and fought to roll back the regulatory measures in the Dodd-Frank regulatory apparatus. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for co-sponsoring legislation that rolled back Dodd-Frank regulations, and attacking Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa. - the Trump-backed GOP candidate for Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. "But if you're a Democrat and you stand up to Elizabeth Warren and corral enough votes for financial reform. you're darn right we'll work with you".

"It was very disappointing to see yesterday that they are not going to support Kevin Cramer in this all too important North Dakota (U.S.) Senate race", said Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican Party. The Kochs are major Republican donors, not just to candidates but funding organizations like the massive Americans for Prosperity and others.

But the president and most of his loyalists never warmed to the Kochs, even as their interests at times have aligned.

Trump says he wants to make sure Scott "wins and wins big". The Koch network campaigned heavily for passage of tax cuts that Trump signed into law previous year and praised his judicial picks.

Charles Koch, who remains in business after his brother, David, took a step back due to health issues in June, recently distanced himself from Trump's policies and bashed his protectionist economics.

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