Who Are the Koch Brothers and Why Does Harry Reid Hate Them?
If you haven’t heard of the Koch brothers, don’t worry — you aren’t alone. According to a George Washington University poll, 52 percent of voters don’t know who Charles and David Koch are, either. That said, perhaps you should, because as The Washington Post points out with its laundry list of companies and products the two own, you’re likely giving them a lot of money when you go out shopping for anything from gas for your car, to toilet paper, to clothes. Then, that money goes to whatever interests the two see fit to support — usually conservative or libertarian political groups and projects.
It is perhaps for this reason that Harry Reid is so vocally opposed to the two, having recently gone on a number of anti-Koch rants on the Senate floor, calling them “about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine” in late February, and claiming that, “Senate Republicans are addicted to Koch,” in early march, according to The Washington Post.
He criticized them especially hard over an aid package to Ukraine, which he claimed was delayed in order to protect political nonprofits form new IRS rules. “Republicans delayed this aid package for 10 days in order to protect the Koch brothers and billionaires just like them,” said Reid, according to NPR, referring to Koch’s non-profit group Americans for Prosperity.