A day after a Democratic-aligned group accused Republican Thom Tillis of being “like family” to the Koch brothers, a report shows the family recently gave his campaign the maximum donation.
Charles Koch, his wife, son and daughter-in-law each gave Tillis the maximum $2,600 contribution, according to his campaign finance report made public Wednesday. Tillis, the House speaker, reported the combined $10,400 in donations on June 26 and 27. Earlier this year, he reported a $5,000 donation from the Koch Industries PAC.
Koch and his brother, David, the billionaire conservative donors reviled by Democrats, also are boosting Tillis’ campaign through various outside groups they support. Tillis is one of a select group of candidates getting showered with Koch family money this campaign season.
On Tuesday, Patriot Majority USA began running a statewide television ad – backed by $1.1 million over two weeks – tying Tillis to the Koch brothers, suggesting the candidate is aligned with wealthy corporate leaders. The ads are designed to help boost Democrat Kay Hagan’s re-election effort.
A Tillis campaign spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking more information about the Koch contributions and whether Tillis met with the donors. On June 26, Tillis missed the House session to attend an unspecified meeting, his campaign has said. He attended another fundraising event June 27 in Charlotte.