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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. 


According to a New York Times report, David Koch said on Monday that Walker "should be" the Republican presidential nominee. But the following day, Charles Koch told USA Today he and his brother are considering donating to five potential candidates: Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. Of the five, only Walker and Bush haven't formally announced. 

David Koch also clarified in a statement that he is not endorsing or supporting any particular candidate at the moment. 

In a Politico report on the Kochs' plans for 2016, Stan Hubbard, a significant donor to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, said he's given "quite a bit" to Walker and plans to donate more.

But in the same story, AFP board member Frayda Levin pushed back on the idea that David Koch might try to convince donors in his network to back the Wisconsin governor.

"There is just no way," Levin, a Paul supporter, told Politico. "This is so far from settled."

The article noted some Walker positions that have raised eyebrows within the Koch network.

After suggesting he would support more restrictions on legal immigration, the Libre Initiative criticized Walker for catering his comments to a "very narrow slice." And when he didn't come down strongly against reauthorizing the Export-Import bank, Freedom Partners left his name out of a press release praising other GOP contenders for their stances.

The Politico report detailed a confidential memo sent to donors about Americans for Prosperity's plans for 2016. Details included a $125 million budget for this year, the most the group has spent in a non-election year.

It highlights successes from 2014 and lays out a path for the future, expanding the group's presence throughout the country. Wisconsin is one of 14 states that will receive additional resources "to pressure state and federal lawmakers," according to the memo.

"While most organizations focus only on short bursts of activity around elections or legislative sessions, AFP is investing in creating a continuous culture of freedom, year-after-year," the memo reads.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.