David Koch Gives Hundreds of Thousands to Group Supporting Joe Lhota

Joe-Lhota_2Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota said Saturday he knows nothing about the big bucks one of the conservative Koch brothers is shelling out on behalf of his campaign.

Billionaire industrialist David Koch and his wife have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into an independent spending PAC, New Yorkers for Proven Leadership, which launched pro-Lhota ads.

“David Koch, I had no idea that he was starting this independent expenditure organization,” Lhota said on MSNBC’s “Up With Steve Kornacki” — later adding he was doing it “because he doesn’t want the Democrat to win. It’s as simple as that.

“I met David Koch once. I don’t know him and I have nothing to do with the independent expenditures,” said Lhota, who also spent part of his Saturday appearing at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy.

He noted he is well to the left of the GOP establishment.

“I am very different from the national Republicans. I’m very progressive, whether it’s on the issue of choice for women, whether it’s the issue of same-sex marriage or marriage equality,” he said.

Read more: NY Daily News

09/16/2013 9:58 AM by Mark Hirshberg

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