In Time magazine’s issue naming “The 100 Most Influential People,” the essay titled “Idea men” on Charles and David Koch of Wichita’s Koch Industries was authored by GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. He noted their business and philanthropic profiles but highlighted “their passion for freedom and their commitment to ideas. Unlike many crony capitalists who troll the halls of Congress looking for favors, the Kochs have consistently lobbied against special-interest politics,” Paul wrote, concluding that the Koch brothers’ “investment in freedom-loving think tanks will carry on for generations, reminding all of us that ideas and convictions ultimately trump all else.” Paul didn’t mention the plans of the Kochs’ political network to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 campaign, an investment likely to compare to those of the nation’s two major political parties. – Rhonda Holman
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