Interviewing Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, about his push to end subsidies for specific energy technologies and fuels, National Journal asked him to respond to critics of his ties to Koch Industries, whose officials contributed nearly $80,000 to his campaign. Pompeo’s answer: “I’d say (I’ve been) a small-government guy for an awful long time, and I’ll be a small-government guy when the good Lord calls me home. Koch Industries is an amazing business that has succeeded by building a product that customers love dearly. The folks who run Koch are very clear. They would love to have government just get out of the way and allow companies to compete, whether in their particular sectors or other sectors. They are true believers in small government.”
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