Koch Industries distancing itself from shutdown

Koch Industries is distancing itself from the push to shut down the federal government over the Affordable Care Act. “Koch has not taken a position on the legislative tactic of tying the continuing resolution to defunding Obamacare nor have we lobbied on legislative provisions defunding Obamacare,” Philip Ellender, the company’s president of government and public affairs, wrote in a letter to senators this week. But Charles and David Koch are major financial backers of Freedom Partners, which has funded other groups that pushed GOP lawmakers to link the funding of government to defunding Obamacare. Other Koch-backed groups have been key supporters of tea party lawmakers who championed the shutdown, such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.