The powerful industrialists, the Koch brothers, were supposed to be at the head of the race to become the President of the United States in 2016; however, one of the most difficult to predict races in recent memory has left the participation of the brothers in the upcoming election in doubt. Initially, the race looked set as an election between Hilary Clinton and one of the Republican candidates, but the rise of Donald Trump has left the Republican race in a unique position with no clear front runner emerging.
The need to fund political change was increased for the Koch brothers in the 1980s and 1990s when Democratic President Bill Clinton led a call from regulators to fight the power of Koch Industries. This battle with the Clinton family has led to Charles Koch seeking to push forward Republican candidates for the Presidency, but has yet to find one to reflect the political beliefs of he and his brother in the 2016 election cycle.
Donald Trump had sought the backing of the Koch brothers and their powerful Super PAC prior to the race beginning in January 2016. However, unsure of the real estate mogul’s business skills and his conservative beliefs the Koch brothers failed to respond in a positive way, and prompted something of a feud between the powerful business groups. A Donald Trump win in the race for the Republican nomination could lead to the Koch brothers backing out of the 2016 race completely.