Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign will no longer be funded by the Koch Network

by | Feb 26, 2024

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Koch network, which the multimillionaire Charles Koch heavily financed, announced on Sunday that it would no longer support Nikki Haley's presidential campaign.

In her former home state of South Carolina, where she previously served as governor, President Donald Trump defeated Haley on Saturday.

The network's advocacy arm stated in an email obtained by NBC News—confirmed by two sources who read it—that it no longer thinks it can significantly affect Haley in the race as a result of her loss in South Carolina, according to senior adviser Emily Seidel. Instead, Americans for Prosperity Action will concentrate its efforts on House and Senate elections.

Seidel declared, “She has made it clear that she will keep fighting, and we are completely behind her.” However, given the difficulties she faces in the upcoming primary states, we don’t think any outside organization will significantly improve her chances of winning.

On the ground, AFP gave Haley crucial assistance by funding her advertising campaigns in an effort to advance her political career. According to data from the Federal Election Commission, the super PAC AFP Action invested more than $31 million in Haley's campaign.

Seidel-led Donors to Americans for Prosperity, a larger Koch network's political wing, had pushed the organization to support heinous Republican primary candidates in the search for Trump-replacing candidates.

Seidel stated that AFP Action was searching for the top Republican “to turn the page on the current political era” when the organization supported Haley in November.

Haley was the candidate, according to her, and the group was “better equipped to assist her than any other organization.”

Even so, many seasoned Koch-world employees questioned the choice because they believed she had little chance of winning the nomination.

Source: NBC News



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