The Koch wild card for election

This most unpredictable election year ever has another variable at play: the Koch Brothers potentially could hand the election to Hillary Clinton.  Yesterday, the Daily Caller reported:

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign.

Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said.

The report was quickly denied by both the Johnson and Koch camps.

"We have no knowledge of it," Johnson told CBS News when asked about the report, which first appeared on The Daily Caller, a conservative news site. "None whatsoever."

"You just got to laugh," Johnson added, chuckling.

A spokesman for the Kochs was likewise dismissive.

"Reports that we are supporting or considering supporting any third party presidential candidate are false," Philip Ellender told CBS News.

So no big deal?  Nothing to see here; move along?

Maybe not.  Rick Moran shrewdly notes:

… there may be good reasons for Koch and Johnson to keep mum until after the nomination, not the least of which would be the unknown effect on Libertarian convention delegates if such an alliance were made public, and the embarrassment of Koch if Johnson fails to secure the top spot.

I have to wonder if the Kochs would like to see Hillary as president.  A well funded Libertarian campaign could easily draw away enough votes to swing the election her way.  And Johnson has indicated he would like another ex-governor, William Weld of Massachusetts, as his running mate.  The two seasoned veterans turned Libertarian could have broad appeal.

This most unpredictable election year ever has another variable at play: the Koch Brothers potentially could hand the election to Hillary Clinton.  Yesterday, the Daily Caller reported:

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Koch has pledged “tens of millions of dollars” to help bankroll the campaign of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, according to a source within Johnson’s campaign.

Koch’s money will be made available should Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, secure his second consecutive Libertarian Party presidential nomination, the source said.

The report was quickly denied by both the Johnson and Koch camps.

"We have no knowledge of it," Johnson told CBS News when asked about the report, which first appeared on The Daily Caller, a conservative news site. "None whatsoever."

"You just got to laugh," Johnson added, chuckling.

A spokesman for the Kochs was likewise dismissive.

"Reports that we are supporting or considering supporting any third party presidential candidate are false," Philip Ellender told CBS News.

So no big deal?  Nothing to see here; move along?

Maybe not.  Rick Moran shrewdly notes:

… there may be good reasons for Koch and Johnson to keep mum until after the nomination, not the least of which would be the unknown effect on Libertarian convention delegates if such an alliance were made public, and the embarrassment of Koch if Johnson fails to secure the top spot.

I have to wonder if the Kochs would like to see Hillary as president.  A well funded Libertarian campaign could easily draw away enough votes to swing the election her way.  And Johnson has indicated he would like another ex-governor, William Weld of Massachusetts, as his running mate.  The two seasoned veterans turned Libertarian could have broad appeal.