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Koch Brothers Staying Out of Presidential Cycle

"We are not engaging in the presidential," said a spokesman for Freedom Partners

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    In this file photo, Charles Koch stands for a portrait after an interview with the Washington Post at the Freedom Partners Summit on August 3, 2015 in Dana Point, CA. The Koch brothers' political arm said it will not take part in the presidential election cycle.

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blasted activist brothers, Charles and David Koch, saying he “turned down” a meeting request with them, NBC News reported.

    Trump made the comment in a tweet, which came after Politico reported Friday that Trump's finance team asked for a meeting but that the request was denied by the Koch organization. Trump held two rallies in Colorado Friday, including one in Colorado Springs. 

    Officials with Freedom Works, the Koch’s political arm, said they requested no meeting. 

    "We are not engaging in the presidential," said James Davis, a spokesman for Freedom Partners.

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    Staying out of presidential politics is a change for the network. It spent $400 million in the last presidential election cycle and planned to spend $300 million in 2016.