When Sen. Ron Johnson began his bid for reelection, he probably had no idea how detrimental that the unproven Donald Trump would be to his campaign. Long considered to be the favorite politician of the vaping industry, Johnson is well-known as an opponent of the FDA deeming regulations which recently came into effect on Monday, August 8. Famous for writing several letters to the FDA demanding more transparency into the decision-making process behind the controversial legislation, Johnson is the highest ranking government official to take a stand on behalf of the vaping industry.
As the Chairman of the Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Johnson is also one of the most powerful and influential members of Congress. Only in a presidential election where the controversial Donald Trump is the Republican candidate would the chances of reelection for such a highly regarded senator be plummeting at such a rapid pace.
The Koch Brothers give $1 million to Johnson reelection campaign
Johnson is from the wonderful state of Wisconsin, home to another famous politician named Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. When Trump refused to endorse Ryan last week, along with Republican Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, he unexpectedly drew the wrath of almost the entire Republican party, including the behind-the-scenes strategists, the Koch Brothers.
The Koch Brothers are a pair of 74-year old twins who just happen to own the country’s second-largest privately held company, Koch Industries. They are both worth about $41 Billion each, and wield enormous political power. Traditionally, they like to vote for Republican presidential candidates, but this year they decided to bow out of the Trump race and instead focus on several down ticket elections. Luckily, Sen. Ron Johnson’s reelection campaign is one of them.
Just days ago, The Koch Brothers gave Sen. Johnson a whopping $1 million to reboot his campaign, money that is geared towards new television, radio, and online advertising. Like the majority of the Republican Party, the Kochs seem to be worried that the national distaste for Trump is essentially killing Johnson’s chances for reelection.
The fear is that, if Americans go into the voting booth despising Donald Trump, they may just take it out on the entire Republican Party by voting straight down the Democratic line instead. Maybe vaping advocacy groups like SFATA, SEVIA-USA, and the AVA should give the Kochs a call? A million bucks could definitely go a very long way to winning the War on Vaping!