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A Koch brothers group is praising the Republican U.S. Senate nominee in Ohio in new ads and mailers.

The Koch brothers are going rogue.

For years the political network funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch funded politicians on the right, laying the foundation for the libertarian causes the two support. Their support has gone almost exclusively to Republican candidates, with rare exception.

But in the era of Trump, what it means to be on the "right" is changing, and the Koch network's tactics are changing to reflect new realities.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has proposed a new rule that restricts scientific research that can be used by the agency for its regulatory decisions.

The proposed rule only allows the use of studies that make all data publicly available for anyone to analyze. Pruitt proposed the new rule as a way to make the agency's decision-making more "transparent, objective and measurable."

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A conservative group funded by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is turning its attention to a new front: promoting federal judges at the grass-roots level. Americans for Prosperity is willing to spend nearly $1 million to confirm judges this year. Those lifetime appointments could reshape the courts for a generation.

"The fact of the matter is that so much of what affects us in our daily lives plays out in the courtroom," said Sarah Field, the group's new vice president for judicial strategy.

Wealthy Americans may get a new conduit for political money in the tax overhaul bill now being reconciled on Capitol Hill.

A small provision in the House version of the bill would let big donors secretly give unlimited amounts to independent political groups — and write off the contributions as charitable gifts.

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One of the Koch Brothers is funding a new Ohio State University center designed to study the societal impacts of the drug war.

prnewswire.com

Former Public Utilities Commission of Ohio chair Todd Snitchler has been hired by the Koch Brothers.

Associated Press

The conservative Koch network is planning to spend between 300 million and 400 million dollars to influence politics and public policy over the next two years.

A conservative group funded by the multi-billionaire Koch Brothers is launching a get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio aimed at electing Republican candidates.

businessinsider.com

A political group backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch is spending another 2.2 million dollars television and digital ads in the U.S. Senate race in Ohio.

Popular Ohio Tax Witness Paid By Conservative Trust

May 10, 2013

An Associated Press review of records shows a favorite witness on Ohio tax and economic issues who's relied upon for his objectivity draws a hefty stipend from a conservative trust fund.