Harry Reid

Harry Reid Says Koch Brothers Are Trying To 'Buy the Country'

Not a fan of Citizens United

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed the Koch brothers' political activities Thursday, accusing the influential conservatives of trying to "buy the country."

Reid was responding to comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who howled over President Barack Obama's crackdown on politically active tax-exempt organizations as "declaring a war not just on its opponents, but on free speech itself." McConnell compared the administration's proposed rules on those groups to the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of outside groups and said Democrats are trying to stifle their election-year critics.

(Note: David Koch is on the Board of Trustees for the Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website)