David Koch denies pledging “tens of millions” of dollars to Gary Johnson campaign

David Koch was the Libertarian Party’s 1980 vice-presidential nominee.

Today, Drew Johnson of the DailyCaller.com 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 Libertarians will select their presidential ticket during the party’s national convention later this month in Orlando.

When asked about Koch’s eight-figure pledge to support Johnson, a source close to David Koch did not deny that such an agreement is in place.

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However, just hours later, Jonathan Swann at TheHill.com reported that:

Billionaire industrialist David Koch has denied through a spokesman that he has pledged “tens of millions” of dollars to support the presidential campaign of libertarian Gary Johnson.

“Reports that we are supporting or considering supporting any third party presidential candidate are false,” Philip Ellender, president and COO of public affairs at Koch Companies Public Sector, said in a statement provided to The Hill.

Citing unnamed sources, conservative news website The Daily Caller reported Thursday that “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.”
But later on Thursday, Johnson told The Hill he had not engaged in any conversations with members of the Koch network and that the Daily Caller story had come as a surprise to him.

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CBSNews.com further added:

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a candidate for the Libertarian party’s nomination for president, is disputing a report that billionaire Republican David Koch has agreed to bankroll his campaign.

“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.

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