According to Real Time Politics, businessman and philanthropist David Koch has just agreed to donate “tens of millions of dollars” to help Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. On Sunday the Libertarian party selected Johnson to be the party’s presidential nominee at their convention in Orlando, Florida after winning the nomination with 55.8 percent of the vote.
Johnson, who is the former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003, was also the Libertarians’ presidential nominee in 2012.
David Koch and his brother Charles are viewed as more conservative in their political views, typically backing Republican presidential candidates. Although the Koch’s endorsement of a Libertarian presidential candidate may come as a surprise to many, it’s actually worth noting that David Koch ran alongside Ed Clark in the 1980 presidential election. Clark was the Libertarian party’s presidential nominee, and Koch was his running mate.
Mr. Koch also sits on the board of the Cato Institute, an organization:
‘Promoting an American policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.’
As Real Time Politics notes, the Koch brothers haven’t been shy by any means, in terms of openly stating their distaste for Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. The Koch brothers have been looking for a third-party candidate to back for president, and it seems like Johnson is the perfect match.
Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will be running alongside Johnson on the Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket, according to the International Business Times. Although Weld was Johnson’s pick, the Libertarian Party votes on vice presidential candidates. Weld won the nomination 51 percent to 47 percent, according to the International Business Times. At the convention on Sunday Weld said,
‘We are going to deliver for you, not as Republican-lite, but as Libertarian heavyweights.’
According to AP, Johnson, who is working to set himself apart in hopes of winning support from voters who aren’t sold on either Clinton or Trump, describes himself this way:
‘I am fiscally conservative in spades and I am socially liberal in spades,’ according to AP. ‘I would cut back on military interventions that have the unintended consequence of making us less safe in the world.’
Watch Gary Johnson’s acceptance speech from the Libertarian convention below, via YouTube: