The Guardian explains why the Republicans are fighting so hard to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare after trying and failing several times already — because major conservative paymasters are demanding it before they spend money to help Republicans in the midterm elections.
At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.
One Texas-based donor warned Republican lawmakers that his “Dallas piggy bank” was now closed, until he saw legislative progress.
“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” said Doug Deason. “Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”Nonetheless, Koch officials said that the network’s midterm budget for policy and politics is between $300m and $400m.
I doubt this is a real threat. What are they going to do, let the Republicans go down and lose control of the Senate and possibly even the House without spending money to help them? Not a chance. They might refuse to fund a few specific legislators and they might finance primary challengers for them as well (Lisa Murkowski comes to mind), but they aren’t going to abandon the party that does their bidding on virtually everything. That doesn’t mean their threats won’t work, however.