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Koch Brothers Staying Out of Presidential Cycle

"We are not engaging in the presidential," said a spokesman for Freedom Partners



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    In this file photo, Charles Koch stands for a portrait after an interview with the Washington Post at the Freedom Partners Summit on August 3, 2015 in Dana Point, CA. The Koch brothers' political arm said it will not take part in the presidential election cycle.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blasted activist brothers, Charles and David Koch, saying he “turned down” a meeting request with them, NBC News reported.

    Trump made the comment in a tweet, which came after Politico reported Friday that Trump's finance team asked for a meeting but that the request was denied by the Koch organization. Trump held two rallies in Colorado Friday, including one in Colorado Springs. 

    Officials with Freedom Works, the Koch’s political arm, said they requested no meeting. 

    "We are not engaging in the presidential," said James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners.

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    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)

    Staying out of presidential politics is a change for the network. It spent $400 million in the last presidential election cycle and planned to spend $300 million in 2016.