Charles Koch, ‘The Kansan,’ Praised on Senate Floor Where Reid Roasts Him

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Senate Banking and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) during a hearing on virtual currency on Nov. 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Charles Koch, the billionaire businessman under attack by Democrats for pro-Republican activity he’s undertaking with his brother David, got an assist on the Senate floor today from a fellow Kansan.

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran came to the floor to praise “the Kansan Charles Koch,” the chairman and chief executive officer of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., and to read from a Wall Street Journal opinion piece Koch wrote yesterday.

“Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American,” wrote Koch, who also criticized “collectivists” who “engage in character assassination” while noting he’s an “almost daily target of their attacks.”

Moran also leads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is leading the party’s effort to make a net gain of six seats in the November election and end the leadership role of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who’s an aggressive critic of the Koch brothers. Reid has taken his own complaints about the Koch brothers to the Senate floor, most recently describing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget as some vision of “Kochtopia.”

Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group the Koch brothers founded to promote limited government, has helped the Republican effort to win a Senate majority by running ads thousands of times attacking Democratic senators for backing President Barack Obama’s health-care plan.

Charles and David Koch are the fifth and sixth richest people in the world, with each having a net worth of $50.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.



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