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9 things you could buy with the money the Koch Brothers plan to spend in the 2016 election

The 2016 campaign will cost more than 92,000 Mac Pros.


Mike Fenn


Posted on Jan 27, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 4:40 pm CDT

Charles and David Koch, everyone’s favorite rich, conservative duo to hate, have made no secret of their plans to purchase something far more powerful than Koch Industries: the U.S. government.

Yes, according to the Washington Post, the Koch brothers are going to use their Freedom Partners business lobby to spend a cool $889 million—a mere $111 million shy of a billion dollars—on the Republican Presidential campaign in 2016.

The group has not seemed overly supportive of possible contender Mitt Romney, who is still smarting from his 2012 defeat, but the brothers seem to like other prominent GOPers like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla).

Since the Republican Party has made little, if any, effort to portray itself as the party of stinking rich, privileged, old white men, it’s safe to say that any contender would be happy to accept the $889 million thrown his or her way by Freedom Partners.

To give you an idea of exactly how much money the Kochs plan to spend, here are 9 things you could buy with $889 million instead of a presidential election.

1) 889 million Taco Bell spicy potato soft tacos.

2) 889 million rolls of the cheapest toilet paper out there once you’re done with all those spicy potato soft tacos.

3) 118 Titanics.

4) About 5 or 6 Boeing 767 jets.

5) The Empire State Building (with about $200 million left over).

6) First-class, round-trip airfare from New York City to Tokyo for every single resident of Orlando, Florida

7) Over 92,000 Mac Pros, Apple’s most expensive machine.

8) Over 2,000 Ferraris.

9) My friendship. Hell, my hand in marriage.

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*First Published: Jan 27, 2015, 8:42 am CST