Koch brothers repay Reid by spending millions to capture his Senate seat for GOP

Be careful against whom you declare war. They might fight back and win.

For years Harry Reid has been obsessively ranting and mewling about the wealthy Koch brothers, Charles and David, for deigning to spend their own money to express their free speech rights. He even has a webpage on his official Senate website devoted to lambasting the brothers Koch. According to the 17 points on the page, the Kochs want to pollute the air, foul the water, dismantle Social Security, Medicare, ObamaCare, minimum wage laws and public education.

Though the Koch brothers this election season are largely staying out of presidential politics, they are pouring money into Nevada in an effort to help a Republican capture Reid’s Senate seat, now that he is retiring. They have reportedly spent $6 million so far backing Republican Rep. Joe Heck and attacking former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Reid’s hand-picked successor, according to ThinkProgess, a liberal website.

According to the Las Vegas newspaper today, the Kochs and other groups are currently spending heavily in the race, mostly against Cortez Masto. The story reports Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC that is part of the Koch brothers’ network, has reported spending $622,153 on media ads opposing Cortez Masto, such as the one above.

Heck and Cortez Masto (RGJ photos)

According to the latest polls, Heck and Cortez Masto are tied, even though Democrats outnumber Republicans in Nevada by more than 70,000 registered voters.

An earlier story in the Las Vegas paper reported that the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity is working on a so-called ground game to challenge Reid’s vaunted army of union volunteers who bus casino workers to the polls with pre-selected sample ballots.

In a recent news account, The New York Times quoted Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, as saying, “It would certainly be poetic justice to see Harry Reid, who for so long has waged an unhinged personal vendetta against people we care a lot about, to see his seat go to someone who supports limited government, free speech.”

The Kochs are putting their money where their mouths are.

Reid seems to think that money alone will persuade people, but there also has been believable content in the message. I’m not sure anyone believes anything Reid has to say any more. He sounds like a broken record.

4 comments on “Koch brothers repay Reid by spending millions to capture his Senate seat for GOP

  1. Connie Foust says:

    Reid is a problem that will keep on giving if his hand picked candidate is elected. She is bought and will do his bidding and we will have to put up with his anti-American nonsense until he falls in his grave. I frankly am tired of any big money involved on either side of the spectrum. Heck has a dismal record on illegal immigration and that bothers me. I tried to get a straight answer from him via email and got the hype answer. So I am voting for Tom Jones – IAP Party. He is decent, honest and not bought off.

  2. Patrick says:

    Tom Jones Huh?

  3. Hey Harry…what goes around, comes around. Anthem is calling your name…

  4. […] on a TV ad attacking Rep. Joe Heck because his campaign to replace Harry Reid in the Senate is being backed by organizations associated with the oil barons Charles and […]

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