The Libertarian Party tried this weekend in Orlando to convince the Koch Brothers to bankroll its general election efforts, despite the problems playing out at its national convention.
“I think being successful businessmen that they understand the nature of return on investment, and I think it’s time for them to come home,” Libertarian National Committee chairman Nicholas Sarwark said at a press conference in Orlando Sunday following his party’s nomination of Gary Johnson for president and Bill Weld for vice president.
“There’s back channel communication to suggest to the Koch brothers that the return on their political investment would be a lot higher in the Libertarian Party and we align better than their values than the Republican Party, where donors collectively threw $166 million into a hole and lit it on fire to try and nominate Jeb Bush,” Sarwark said.
As Breitbart News first reported, the Koch Brothers’ “secret bank” in the Washington Beltway decided to pull out of the pro-Republican presidential effort in protest of Donald Trump. A Gary Johnson campaign source claimed that David Koch is committed to financially backing Johnson, but Johnson and the Koch Brothers both denied it.
“I am aware that the Koch brothers through a spokesperson issued a denial that they had been in talks about funding Gov. Johnson’s run, but that was a pre-nomination denial and unrelated to whether or not the parties reached out to them,” Sarwark said in his Orlando press conference.
The pro-amnesty Koch Brothers managed to monopolize the Tea Party in recent years, spending big through groups like Americans For Prosperity to organize young conservative and libertarian activists around globalist right-of-center objectives. But Trump’s populist, nationalist campaign wrestled away the Kochs’ grasp on the party. David Koch, who ran as the Libertarian Party nominee for vice president in 1980 against Ronald Reagan, and his brother might become “Big-L” Libertarians again.
“Do the math: Ten percent in the polls — that’s 90 percent in reverse, a landslide practically. It’s inevitable. Everybody who gets paid by the Kochs says so,” longtime Libertarian insider Tim Cavanaugh said mockingly on Facebook, ridiculing the sudden enthusiasm for the perpetually defeated third-party ticket.
As the party begs for Koch cash to help it achieve its goal of winning 5 percent of the popular vote in this election to get on ballots nationwide in future races, libertarians have to confront the shocking and humiliating things that happened in Orlando.
For instance: James Weeks, a candidate to become Libertarian Party chairman, performed a male striptease Sunday before dropping out of the chairmanship race.
“I’m sorry, that was a dare,” said Weeks.
Presidential candidate Austin Petersen, who lost to Johnson on the second ballot, did not endear himself to the crowd when he said that the government should stop kindergarten-age children from purchasing heroin.
Austin Petersen says you shouldn’t be allowed to sell heroin to children. Boos from crowd.
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) May 29, 2016
It wasn’t smooth sailing for Johnson, either. The nominee got in some trouble both for supporting government-issued driver’s licenses and also for suggesting that the legally blind should not be able to obtain them.
Gary Johnson got booed at the Libertarian debate for saying driver licenses are good. He said blind people shouldn't drive & got booed again
— Brogan (@BroganBurghard) May 29, 2016