Harry Reid lives in a fact-free zone.
A couple of weeks ago he was quoted by Politico as accusing the Koch brothers of trying to “buy the country.”
“Because of a United States Supreme Court decisions (sic) called Citizens United, there’s been some really untoward stuff going on in the political world. We have two brothers who are actually trying to buy the country,” Reid was quoted as saying.
Politico points out that in 2010, when Harry was re-elected, the Koch brothers actually gave nearly $200,000 to Democratic candidates — including a $30,000 donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
But if you check with OpenSecrets.org, you’ll find the Koch bothers, via their Koch Industries, are nowhere near the top in buying power when it comes to political contributions. In fact, they are 59th in the period between 1989 and 2014.
Out of the top 20 organizations in buying power, only two tilted toward giving to Republicans. Many of the top contributors are unions.
During that crucial 2010 election cycle, the Koch Industries PAC, according to FEC.gov records, spent $2.6 million.
Meanwhile, the Friends for Harry Reid committee spent $22.5 million.
Now, who is trying to “buy the country,” Harry?
Actually, Reid isn’t buying the country. He is extorting money out of lobbyists so he can maintain his power.
Peter Schweizer’s book, “Extortion: How politicians extract your money, buy votes, and line their own pockets,” has a section on Reid.
Schweizer opens that section with a quote from “The Godfather” by Don Corleone, “Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”
The book then describes a scene at a restaurant hours after Reid was sworn in on Jan. 4, 2005, for his fourth term and became Senate majority leader. “Reid was seated in the quiet backroom of the restaurant. The lobbyists, who represented the largest and most powerful corporations in the world, took turns saying hello to the new leader. ‘It was like a scene out of “The Godfather,”’ one lobbyist told Roll Call. ‘He was in the room and people were lined up to greet him and pay homage.’”