<June 2, 2014> Page 3 which he blamed the Kochs for slowing down a bill intended to provide aid to Ukraine.
early April 2014, Senator Reid preemptively shot down Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal on the Senate floor as the “Koch budget,” asserting that it was somehow intended to “protec[t] the Koch brothers.”
On May 2, 2014, Senator Reid proclaimed in an official press
release that Republicans “care
more about defending billionaires like the Koch brothers
about the middle class.
Days later, in a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Reid proclaimed
that Charles and David Koch “are one of the main causes” of climate change and
faulted them for stalling an energy bill in the Senate.
And on May 14, Senator Reid stated in an interview that his attacks against Charles and David Koch are for partisan, political
The Koch Brothers,
I’m not walking away from them.
I’m going to be on their
tail for the whole campaign
because if they think Romney was watched closely by me, that
s nothing compared to what it
s going to be like with the Koch Brother
In addition to his floor speeches and official office press releases attacking the Kochs, Senator Reid maintains an official Senate webpage
The Facts Against The Koch Brothers
that purports to set forth
about Charles and David Koch. The webpage and social media feeds from the website are paid for by official funds and
maintained by Senator Reid’s official office and staff, using Senate resources and
consists of false and misleading political and campaign related attacks against the Kochs.
Beyond these efforts to chill the Kochs’ and their supporters’ political speech,
Senator Reid has also called on Congress to effectively foreclose the Kochs from
Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act
, Press Release (Mar. 24, 2014), http://www.reid.senate.gov/press_releases/2014-24-03-reid-remarks-on-ukraine-aid-bill-and-the-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.U4Z_J_ldVyK.
Harry Reid: Paul
Ryan Budget Creates “Koch
, Politico (Apr. 1, 2014), www.politico.com/story/2014/04/harry-reid-paul-ryan-budget-koch-brothers-105243.html.; Senator Reid
.” Cong. Rec.
160:52. (Apr. 1, 2014), p. S. 1844.
Reid Statement On Republicans Putting Conspiracy Theories Before The Middle Class
, Press Release (Mar. 2, 2014), http://www.reid.senate.gov/press_releases/2014-02-05-reid-statement-on-republicans- putting-conspiracy-theories-before-the-middle-class#.U4Zum_ldVyJ.
Reid: Kochs “Main Causes” Of Climate Change
, Politico (May 7, 2014), http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/harry-reid-koch-brothers-climate-change-106441.html;
Senator Reid (NV). “
.” Cong. Rec. 160:
68. (May 7, 2014), p. S. 2741.
John Stanton & Kate Nocera,
Harry Reid Backs Constitutional Amendment To Limit Koch Bro
, Buzzfeed Politics (May 14, 2014), www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/harry-reid-backs-constitutional-amendment-to-limit-koch-brot (emphasis added);
Harry Reid Hates the Redskins
, The Wall Street Journal (May 28, 2014) (noting that the
“political opinions” of Charles and David Koch “offend Harry Reid’s ears”).
The Facts About The Koch Brothers