Billionaires Charles and David Koch are promising massive amounts of campaign cash to Republicans who vote against the Trump/Ryan much maligned Healthcare revision. In addition, they are reportedly threatening those who don’t fall in line. Warning that they will withhold campaign donations to congressmen who vote in favor of the AHCA.
According to Politico, the Koch brothers, who fund Americans for Prosperity (AFP) have already started planning digital ad campaigns in favor of those who vote against the bill. AFP president Tim Phillips said:
“We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact. We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise.”
This is Godfather stuff folks. Making offers that cannot be refused. In days before Citizens United that threat was not as significant as it is today where unlimited funds can either be donated or, in this case, withheld, based on a single vote.