David and Charles Koch (AP Photos)
David and Charles Koch (AP Photos)

Ashley Killough, CNN

WICHITA, Kansas (CNN.com)—Charles Koch, the billionaire GOP donor whose money plays a big role in shaping Republican campaign efforts, said he plans to make criminal justice reform a priority of his as the country heads into the next presidential election.

“Over the next year, we are going to be pushing the issues key to this, which need a lot of work in this country,” Koch, a Kansas native, told the Wichita Eagle in a story published this weekend. “And that would be freedom of speech, cronyism and how that relates to opportunities for the disadvantaged.”

Koch’s comments might come as good news to Sen. Rand Paul, who’s made sentencing reform a major part of his agenda while he tries to appeal to nontraditional GOP voters ahead of a likely presidential bid.



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