"All I know is what I saw in some press stories," said Benedict. "They haven't contributed to the Libertarian Party in 30 years, so it would be new if they would help."
So that seemed to settle it: no Koch for the pot candidate.
Even still, Benedict said, he is hopeful that a Libertarian megadonor will emerge this cycle, owing to the broad voter dislike of the two presumptive major party nominees.
"I think there will be some donors who put in a half million or more to a super PAC," Benedict predicted.
Libertarian Party delegates will elect their presidential and vice presidential nominees during their four-day convention starting Thursday in Orlando, Florida. Johnson, the 2012 nominee, is positioned to win again. Campaign and party officials say they expect donor interest to immediately pick up afterward.
In a statement knocking down the Koch story Thursday, Joe Hunter, Johnson's spokesman, said: "We won't comment specifically on those who may or may not be considering lending support to Gov. Johnson. We are hearing from a wide range of groups and individuals who are interested in the governor and our campaign."
However, two of the more high-profile (little 'l") libertarian donors, PayPal founder Peter Thiel and banker Andy Beal, have already thrown their support to Donald Trump. Four years ago, both men had contributed to the Republican presidential campaign of Ron Paul. There was some guarded hope among Libertarian leaders that without another Paul-like figure in the race, the two donors might consider opening their billfolds for a third party. Beal has been a reliable contributor to the party over the years but endorsed Trump in February.
So who's left to make it rain on the plains of John Maynard Keynes?
In 2013, the pro-Ron Paul Purple PAC, led by The Cato Institute founder Ed Crane, made a $400,000 ad buy to an outside spending group supporting the Virginia gubernatorial campaign of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis. By all recollection, it amounted to the largest single donation made in support of a Libertarian Party candidate. Crane had once served as campaign spokesman for the 1980 Libertarian Party ticket that featured David Koch as its vice presidential nominee.