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Koch’s to turn Cato Institute into an auxiliary for the GOP

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The FreedomWorks statement brings up this desire to maintain Cato's independence: "We don't always agree with individual Cato scholars, but that is precisely the point. They are independent, and their independence is their most valuable asset in the push and pull of the public debate."

In recent years, the two Koch brothers, long funders of libertarian and conservative organizations, have become the face of big money in politics as they have pumped millions into avowedly political groups that mobilize voters to campaign for conservative policies and politicians while running ads to oust progressives from office.