Neither David nor Charles Koch will contribute to the July Republican National Convention, where Donald Trump is expected to be crowned as the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Koch Industries spokesman Kenneth Spain told Bloomberg on Friday that the billionaire conservative donors won’t donate any money to the Cleveland convention’s host committee, though David Koch was one of the leading backers of the 2012 convention in Tampa, Florida.
There is little love shared between the Koch brothers and Trump, who frequently criticizes the oil barons for exemplifying the overwhelming influence money plays in American politics. In December, the Koch brothers even mulled launching a campaign to take down the real estate mogul.
Charles Koch has criticized Trump as a “terrible role model” and even said that it was “possible” that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could make a better president than the Republicans running in 2016.
Rather than donating to the presidential election, the billionaire brothers plan to bankroll TV ads calling for voters to come together to fix the “rigged” economy.