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Koch Network Planning Major Campaign Against Trump's Tariffs

  • Effort will include ads, grassroots organizing and lobbying
  • Billionaire brothers have long clashed with Trump on trade
Tugboats guide the Matson Inc. Mokihana cargo ship into the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, California, U.S., on April 4, 2018.
Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

The political network backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch said Monday it’s planning a “multi-year, multi-million-dollar” campaign to promote free trade and oppose President Donald Trump’s moves to impose tariffs on billions of dollars worth of imports.

The effort will include advertising, voter mobilization and lobbying in an attempt to “transform the way Washington and the rest of the country consider and value trade with other nations,” according to a joint statement from three Koch groups.