Koch brothers counteract Democratic control of Latino vote


Charles and David Koch/photo submitted

SAN FRANCISCO (press release)—The Koch brothers carry a huge amount of influence in the Republican Party and none more than their recent announcement. The LIBRE Initiative, a Koch-backed group that does outreach to Hispanics, has become a mechanism for Republicans and conservatives to boost support among the Latino community. Getting worried Hillary?

The Washington Post reports that a group has been providing community services to Latinos in need, building relationships and espousing conservative principles that may pay dividends at the polls. Are the Koch brothers behind this?

Daniel Garza, executive director of LIBRE, told the Post, “Latino celebrities, unions and left-leaning community groups, engaging directly with the Latino community. LIBRE has been operating since 2011 in a number of states, including Nevada, Florida, Colorado, Texas, and Arizona with $10 million from, guess who, Charles and David Koch.

Is this the counterattack to the Democrats trying to dominate the Latino vote? Among the services the Koch brothers have set up provides driver’s license classes, tax preparation help, wellness checkups, scholarships, and food giveaways, the Post said. The group holds events and sponsors radio shows espousing conservative principles.

Are the Hillary people feeling crowded? The group says it is nonpartisan but that it has a right-leaning ideology. Its employees, totaling 50 in seven states, include a number of former Republican staffers and operatives. The crowding has started it appears.

Democrats take issue with it because they say its media work doesn’t reveal to Latinos that there is a political bias. And they don’t have an agenda themselves for the last several decades? Meanwhile, the left-leaning Latino Victory Fund is so concerned about LIBRE that it is gathering Latino leaders in Washington next week to discuss how it can counter what it believes is misleading propaganda, the Post reported.

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