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Koch strays from the GOP script

Associated Press

It's widely known that David Koch and his brother are helping provide breathtaking amounts of money to help buy the 2012 elections for Republicans. It's less widely known that Koch doesn't always agree with the candidates he's supporting.

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who is helping steer millions of dollars to elect Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans, on Thursday told POLITICO he disagrees with the GOP's stance on gay marriage and believes the U.S. needs to consider raising taxes to balance the budget.

Koch, who is serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from New York, spoke to POLITICO after delivering brief remarks at a reception held in his honor by Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group he chairs and has helped fund.

Let me get this straight. David Koch, a billionaire, supports marriage equality, believes defense cuts should be considered as part of a responsible budget plan, is open to "some" tax increases to lower the deficit, and would like to see the U.S. withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

With this in mind, why is he helping invest $400 million to purchase elections for Republicans who disagree? Koch told Politico his focus is on "economic issues."

Of course, if his concern were solely about the economy, one might think he'd be donating to President Obama -- businesses like the Kochs' have done extremely well over the last few years, as corporate profits have reached an all-time high, and you'd think there'd be some apprehension about returning to Bush-era policies.