Remember when billionaires used to give back to society by building parks and libraries and stuff? Good times.
While the Republican Party focuses on winning elections, the Kochs want to realign American politics, government and society around free enterprise philosophies that they hope to spread more broadly.
A key to accomplishing the mission, from the Kochs’ perspective, is countering super PACs and other big-money groups funded by rich liberals, as well as allied public sector unions and academic and media elites. The Kochs’ allies feel that those forces have worked together for decades with Democratic politicians and government bureaucrats to institutionalize the philosophy that heavy regulation and taxation of business is the only way to ensure an equitable society.
The Kochs concluded that defeating this well-funded left-wing infrastructure requires tracking the professional left in real time — a capability they realized they lacked after the 2012 election.