"If the Koch brothers' political operation seemed ambitious in 2010 or 2012, wait for what's in store for 2014 and beyond," Politico reported. It said that this year the Kochs' close allies are "wading into Republican primaries for the first time to ensure their ideal candidates end up on the ticket, and also centralizing control of their network to limit headache-inducing freelancing by affiliated operatives." Though the Koch network tries to mask the source of its funding, tax filings show that the network raised more than $400 million during the 2012 campaign, the Washington Post reported. Charles and David Koch convened an invitation-only gathering of wealthy GOP donors and officials in Palm Springs, Calif., last weekend that Politico said was aimed at raising "millions of dollars for efforts to shape the political landscape for years to come."
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