Clinton Jumps into Koch-Bashing Act

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, during a keynote session at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit 2014 in San Francisco on April 8, 2014.

For Hillary Clinton, diplomacy ends at the Koch Theater’s edge.

It’s an article of faith on the left that the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch bankrolled the Tea Party movement mostly to advance their own business interests.

The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has pilloried the Koch brothers,  the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, worth a combined $100.2 billion, from his perch on the Senate floor. The Americans for Prosperity committee they founded has opened the 2014 election season with a flood of TV ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Now Clinton, in slightly veiled language, has jumped into the act.

At an appearance Thursday in Manhattan, the former secretary of state and first lady, still weighing her own plans for a 2016 presidential campaign,  lamented today’s prevalence of “pure partisanship” and “the disguise of commercial interests behind a political façade.”

Seated on the stage of Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.


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