That was the majority leader of the Democratic-run Senate carrying on about two of the richest Republican brothers in political finance on the floor of the Senate today.
“The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans that Obamacare is bad for them,” Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada said. “It’s easy to do if you have no conscience and are willing to lie.”
Charles and David Koch are the sixth and seventh richest people in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which puts their combined personal worth at $122.4 billion.
And Americans for Prosperity, the organization they founded, has become one of the leading forces in campaign financing in support of Republicans — the group has put up at least 14,301 broadcast television ads since the beginning of last year, more than double any other outside group, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.
With Democrats heading into the November elections with a small majority in the Senate, FP ads have filled the airwaves with commercials attacking President Barck Obama and his 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Reid started his remarks on the floor of the Senate this morning by launching his own counter-attack at the Kochs.
“These two brothers are trying to buy America,” Reid said. “I don’t believe America is for sale.”
Ads running in several states with high-profile Senate races depict Americans who have been negatively affected by the health care law. Reid refuted those ads as nothing but, “Koch brothers’ lies.”
“The Republicans may need tall tales and outright lies to convince people that Obamacare is bad for them but Democrats, we don’t have to make things up,” he said. “The Kochs should stick to what they know, the oil business.”