Koch Brothers Plan to Spend $889 Million On 2016: Here’s What Else They Could Buy With the Cash

They could spend almost a billion in politics ... or buy an NBA team.

It may be all those things, but adjectives aside, the money their vast fundraising network is ponying up this cycle puts them on par with the spending of both the Democratic and Republican parties, each of whom spent a bit more than $1 billion during the 2012 campaign.

And they’re also blowing the party’s other top official fundraisers out of the water. In 2012, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the Republican National Committee plus the party’s Senate and Congressional money wings spent $675 million, while their Democratic counterparts shelled out $647 million.

The Koch’s 2016 spending is astronomical, any way you slice it. But we decided to compare it to other ways the two political heavyweights could spend this windfall if they woke up tomorrow and decided they no longer wanted to be in politics:

14,032 acres of private islands around the world

The Kochs could buy at least 15 of the most expensive private islands for sale on the Private Islands Online marketplace, including the 110-acre Rangyai Island in Thailand, located close to, but just far away enough from, some of that nation’s most popular beaches – available for just $160 million. Maybe the Kochs will just say “Phucket” and set up a surf shack there.

One of 12 NBA teams (+ an NHL team, maybe)

4 countries

Concert by new bipartisan supergroup

How’s this for a super-fundraiser? The Kochs could pay to have rock stars from all over the political spectrum play a one-night-only gig: Elton John reportedly charged $1 million to play Rush Limbaugh’s wedding in 2010, and Kid Rock, who performed at Mitt Romney campaign events, told Rolling Stone in 2013, “It costs us $125,000 to show up with our crew and whatnot” (although it’s not clear how much he’d charge for a Koch private party).