Billionaire brothers threat to US Democrats hopes

North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan welcomes delegates and supporters on September 6, 2012 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North CarolinaWhile US Democrats face many hurdles as they prepare for this year’s battle for control of Congress, few are more daunting than the Koch brothers — conservative business moguls with deep pockets. The billionaire industrialists are behind extensive, often opaque efforts to get conservative Republicans elected in November. And President Barack Obama’s Democrats are up against the wall in their bid to maintain control of the Senate, without which he will struggle for even the smallest of legislative victories. Eight months before polling, Democrats are already targeting the media-shy siblings at the helm of Koch Industries, considered the second largest privately-held company in the United States.

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