|New WH communications director, Mike Dubke|
In his campaign, Donald Trump appeared to represent an insurgency against establishment Republicans who had organized under the umbrella of the Koch Brothers. Donald Trump was "not a politician"; he was not the Koch's but an outsider, a billionaire who could represent the interests of the abandoned (white) middle class America.
As Jane Mayer detailed in her outstanding 2016 book, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind The Radical Right", the Koch Brothers spend hundreds of millions to perfect the science of anonymous giving to their causes and campaigns. They made Mike Dubke very wealthy; the richest White House communications director in history.
Placing a Koch Brothers operative at the center of White House communications proves the GOP presidential primary was a dark money process.
Trump appeared to ride to the White House on an insurgency against establishment Republican values (that doomed Jeb Bush, for example, who spent over $150 million in his failed primary bid). Now that he is in the WH, Trump -- like Gov. Rick Scott did in Florida -- can't organize an administration without relying on the same apparatus he claimed to run against during the campaign.
The chaos of Trump's first weeks is ending with a triage operation on the communications front. For all intents, it is a silent coup in favor of the Koch's after all.
Trump brings Dubke in from the dark
by Robert Maguire and Viveca Novak on February 17, 2017
Mike Dubke, who started a dark money group long before they caught on as a strategy, has been named White House communications director.
Mike Dubke, who started a dark money group long before they caught on as tactical political weapons, has been named White House communications director.
Mike Dubke is no stranger to the value of a good communications strategy: He’s provided advice, through his Crossroads Media firm, to House and Senate candidates, the Republican party and some of the biggest conservative outside spending groups.