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October 24, 2014

Ethics Complaint Over Attacks on Koch Brothers Won’t Silence Harry Reid

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Not long after the head of the Tea Party Patriots filed an ethics complaint against Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader’s office accused that group of doing the bidding of the Koch brothers.

The complaint filed with the Senate Ethics Committee accuses Reid of engaging in improper political activity related to his persistent attacks on Charles and David Koch and their associated spending on conservative interests.

“It’s been generations since a member of the Senate has abused the power of his office to attack private citizens the way Harry Reid has sought to vilify Charles and David Koch,” Martin said in a statement.

“Reid’s repeated and mean-spirited attacks violate federal laws and Senate rules against using taxpayer-funded resources for partisan politics and he knows it, yet he repeatedly takes to the floor of the Senate and the media to attack those with whom he disagrees – and then turns around and devotes the Senate floor to a ‘talk-a-thon’ on a major donor’s key issue of climate change. Harry Reid is abusing his office in pursuit of naked political purposes and it is a gross misuse of his taxpayer-funded office,” Martin said.

Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for the Nevada Democrat, fired back in an email.

“We are shocked — shocked! — that a publicity-seeking, extremist Tea Party group which has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Koch brothers’ secret bank would attempt a frivolous publicity stunt to distract from the Kochs’ efforts to rig the system for billionaires like themselves,” Jentleson said. “The shadowy, billionaire Koch brothers are pulling out all the stops to get Senator Reid to stop shining a light on their efforts to buy our democracy, but he will not be silenced.”

Senate Democrats led by Reid are seeking to amend the Constitution to allow increased regulation of campaign spending by groups and individuals, a move derided by Republicans as an undue infringement on freedom of speech.

The debate will take center stage again Tuesday morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee when Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., make a rare joint appearance to testify on opposite sides of that issue.

  • Jazzy

    My state benefits ran out on January 4th 2014. I’ve been waiting for them to renew EUC, everyday its some new line of bull shot. In the 5 months of bull shot I’ve sold everything I owned, and this month I don’t have money for rent, car, food.

    I was really counting on the government making things right before the extension expired. Obama looks like such a fool, every time I see his picture or hear him talk, I think to myself, how can this guy sit here and ignore problems like EUC. Boehner, I finally got the point were I just pity the fool, he looks like his soul was stolen long ago.

    So as a single dad raising a 13 year old girl I can honestly say that when I was looking hard -to find a job, put food on the table, keep a positive outlook, that my government was playing games with my family directly. We have been affected. We are affected. We are going to the Presbyterian church in the nice part of town to get republican donation money.

  • Mickey Kovars

    The only way to deal with Reid is to remove him as majority leader in November.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Reid gets away with his despicable behavior in no small part because hacks like Nieis and Humberto cover for him.

    Being less hackish would improve Roll Call, a lot.

  • YONATAN C

    WHY IS HE SILIENT ABOUT THE 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS STILL WAITING FOR AN EXTENSION BILL TO PASS?

    BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE FAILED THE POOR AND UNEMPLOYED MISERABLY. THEY HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED AND POSTPONED THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION VOTE IN THE SENATE, UNTIL IT’S BECOME TOO LATE TO PASS. WHILE MILLIONS OF FAMILIES CONTINUE FACING EVICTION, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, THE TWO PARTIES HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM THE CRISIS. THEIR LACK OF COMPASSION AND COMMON DECENCY IS APPALLING. HOW CAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED, AND FINANCIALLY RUINED PEOPLE, BE LEFT HUNG OUT TO DRY IN THE WIND WITHOUT SUPPORT? WE EVEN RECENTLY HELPED THE UKRAINE WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN AID. WHAT ABOUT THESE FAMILIES HERE?

  • Plantiful

    An ethics complaint by (“BY”??) a group sponsored by the Koch brothers? That is hilarious.

    The Koch brothers are buying up congress like a corruption trade market, interfering with state governments, stacking elections for their favor, and essentially subverting the functions of the U.S. government (good or bad) through financial corruption, a clause of treason.

    • Mark

      gee…hmmm..Tom Steyer…George Soros…Rupert Murdoch….the Demos have 8 of the Top 10 power donors by dollar…Koch brothers are not even in the top 10…education is important..you ideology is factless and failing

      • Plantiful

        Actually, I didn’t mention anything about their “legitimate” donations, but I was more referring to their involvment/founding of their partisan/propagandist groups such as ALEC, Heartland Institute, (Rich) Americans for Prosperity, and the CATO Institute. They also have their fingers in WGBH (still cannot see how the presence of an anti-government high priest is doing on such a board but only to destroy it), and they are “giving” money to universities to assure that their preferred professors are hired and they help with curriculum topics.

        For government, all of money, public and private, should be removed: there is no legitimate reason for it, other than government by oligarchy. The only people who win in our current system are the rich (apparently they have more free speech than anyone else) and the media corporations, as they are the recipients of all of this election none sense.

        A better system: campaign finance through taxes, from a fund created from sales, income, and capital gains taxes (all levels of wealth), and money is governed by an elections board where all candidates running for one office get a fixed budget. All money used for the campaign comes from that money, and that’s it.

        What happens here? The politician with the best message and delivered in the most effective way may win. Imagine, politicians not chasing their next campaign donation, but having the time to listen to constituents– not just the rich ones.

        • Mark

          “Partnership for new American economy” = Rupert Murdoch..check it out….also..the media monopolies Murdoch and Soros control? = “legitimate”…..the Hilary fundraisers set up by Murdoch??..check ‘em out a little more on Steyer…education sets your mind free…your ideology is failing..again…the Demos have the 8 of the top 10 power “donors”…and they just don’t sit idly after cutting checks..I could go on and on and on..

    • left wing

      another insane lefty paid troll with nothing but LIES given to it by it’s master.

      • Plantiful

        Typical discussion from a FOX news viewer.

        • left wing

          no, but keep your master’s little scripts going, since you are incapable of thought.

  • Guest

    3.5 million Americans suffer because of the complete utter failure of the president and congress to do their jobs.

    But that number does not account for those that depend on the long term unemployed. Children and other family members suffer as well. So where are we at in reality? 7 million, 10 million, more? How many have you condemned to destitution?

    Damn it, we _need_ the unemployment extension passed now! and with the retroactive payments which we need to try and get caught up on the bills we have not been able to pay.

    Do what is right for the American people.

    • John Boehner PIG

      Amen! John Boehner has made enemies of 10+million americans and is the most hated man in the US. I wish we had a reset button, the entire House needs to be cleaned out. I wouldn’t want 10+ million people hating me and wishing me harm. How does Boehner sleep at night? Probably crying as usual with a thumb in his mouth….

      • greg huggins

        IDIOT !!!IT IS NOT JUST BOEHNER YOUR DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING EITHER BUT BLOCK AMENDMENTS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO GET THE UI BILL PASSED !!!!!!!!

        • Joy Palardy Barby

          GO FOX YOURSELF RHINO!

          • left wing

            the paid troll leech wants its welfare for life.

      • donna

        Half of the ten million enemies he made will vote for him in November or they are going to stay home and just let him win. That is why he sleeps so well at night. No one holds him or any other politician in DC accountable. They have stripped us of our citizenship and we kiss their rings.

      • left wing

        poor little lefty, nothing but hate in your little narrow mind.

        • Joy Palardy Barby

          troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, [1] by posting inflammatory, [2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response [3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. [4]

          • left wing

            the troll keeps spamming the forum instead of getting a job.

        • John Boehner PIG

          Hey Left Nut, come November when the GOP gets pushed out of the House you will have no one to blame but yourself and that empty suit special interests Koch gobbler Boehner. Boehner = America’s most hated. Get used to it.

    • Eric Boyer

      The President? Grow a brain.

    • left wing

      GET A JOB and quit whining.

      • Joy Palardy Barby

        TROLL (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, [1] by posting inflammatory, [2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response [3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. [4]

        • left wing

          yes, you are a troll, get a job and start being a productive member of society.

      • Joy Palardy Barby

        Why are you here? To generalize and put down people who are down on their luck? You sir are despicable and YOU are what is wrong with America! You regurgitate what you are spoon fed! You are filthy. The lowest kind of low life. Not to mention mean spirited and sick.

        • left wing

          no, that would be YOU the leech that does not want to work and just spends all day whining about it.

      • Wayne Heddinger

        BLOW ME…THEN I’LL FEEL BETTER…WHEN CAN WE MEET SO YOU CAN SHITBAG ?

  • YONATAN C

    SENATOR REID: HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED WORKERS WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS? HAVE YOU DECIDED TO JUST WALK AWAY FROM THIS CRISIS, AND PRETEND YOU DID EVERYTHING TO TRY TO HELP THEM? THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS HAVE FAILED THESE MILLIONS OF HURTING FAMILIES. THEY EXPLOITED THEM FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT, AND THEN JUST WALKED AWAY AND LEFT THEM HUNG OUT TO DRY. SHAME ON BOTH PARTIES AND ON THE SENATE FOR ALLOWING CERTAIN PEOPLE TO HOLD SUCH AN IMPORTANT BILL LIKE THE EXTENSION BILL, HOSTAGE IN THE SENATE. YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO YOUR OFFICE AND TO THE PEOPLE YOU SUPPOSED TO SERVE AND REPRESENT. THE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER AND NOT FORGET IN THIS COMING ELECTIONS

    • left wing

      so how long do YOU expect unemployment benefits to last? YOUR ENTIRE LIFE? GET A JOB and quit whining

      • Joy Palardy Barby

        troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, [1] by posting inflammatory, [2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response [3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

        • left wing

          so you are a troll, we knew that by your posts

      • kiontra

        They end after a certain time.frame for people who are on it. No one actually gets to stay on for a lifetime. There is a limit to the extensions. Its sad that the people who were recently unempoyed were caught in the middle of this. I dont believe the same people who are unemployed now were unemployed in 2008.

  • rick

    who are these kochsuckers

    • left wing

      senile harry

  • greg huggins

    once again i say oh you demorats—WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES —HARRY REID WILL LEAD YOU TO THE SLAUGHTER LIKE THE STUPID SHEEP YOU ARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dj

    Lets see ! Gross Misuse of a Taxpayer funded office . Hmm ! That pretty much sums up Congress…..

    • left wing

      the democrats

  • Mark

    gee…hmmm..ever hear of Tom Steyer…George Soros…Rupert Murdoch….the Demos have 8 of the Top 10 power donors by dollar…Koch brothers are not even in the top 10…education is important..the Demos ideology is factless and failing

  • left wing

    senile harry can not stand any dissent or freedom, it does not fit his utopia of a totalitarian police state so beloved by the democratic party.

  • Icare

    For All The Unemployed People The U.S. Government Has Left Behind

    http://www.the-unemployed-american-people-our-government-left-behind.yourtrafficmanager.com/

    • left wing

      the poor little leeches that do not work and want a lifetime of welfare.

  • John Carmiche

    get them reid koch brothers gotta go

  • ONAHILL

    Boehner needs to remember Newt Gingrich ,he was behind getting rid of him because he made the GOP look bad , well , how heartless do you look now?I am a widow , electricity will be shut off for lack of payment . Attach this bill to a “fast moving train ” ,this is what they call a bill that will certainly be passed . Call your churches and synagogues ,they are against Isaiah 1 :17″ Seek justice , encourage the oppressed ,defend the cause of the fatherless,plead the case of the widow” This must be fought against!!!

  • Joy Palardy Barby

    Koch brothers are ruining our democracy just so the 1% can keep everything they’ve literally stolen from us! Get these arrogant bastards Mr. Reid!!!

    • Mark

      Let’s see 1%..every hear of George Soros…Tom Steyer…Rupert Murdoch?/..read up on them..education frees your mind, Joy..your ideology is factless.

    • left wing

      wow, so much ignorance from an insane lefty

  • Kim M.

    Please sign the petition and post the link on your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

    We have to stop waiting for something to magically happen. We have to take matters in our own hands and do whatever we need to do to get the 100,000 signatures needed.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

  • De Po

    All unemployed and the supporters of the unemployed. Please go to:

    We the people petition to the Obama Administration to renew he federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program which expired December 28, 2013.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/renew-federal-emergency-unemployment-compensation-euc-program-which-expired-december-28-2013/bhd93htQ

    After you have done so please share the link with friends and social media like Facebook.

    Together we can make a difference to help those individuals who can not care for their families.

    PETITION TODAY!!

  • Sam Oiocha

    It is impossible to judge another person’s merit correctly unless their knowledge, talents, skills, and intellect are fully understood.

  • Firey Hooks

    Each of us should keep in mind that the most common illusions conjured up to justify collectivism include “social justice”, “fair” income distribution, and “global warming”.

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