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Harry Reid's anti-Koch brothers webpage violates Senate Internet service policy

Harry Reid's anti-Koch webpage violates Senate rules
Harry Reid's anti-Koch webpage violates Senate rules
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It seems that for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., the rules don't matter. On Wednesday, we reported that Reid's official Senate website includes a page dedicated to attacking the Koch brothers, private citizens with whom Reid disagrees. But it turns out that page violates Senate Internet policies regarding webpages, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday.

"Senate Internet Services ('World Wide Web and Electronic mail, BLOGs, Podcasting, streaming media, etc.') may only be used for official purposes. The use of Senate Internet Services for personal, promotional, commercial, or partisan political/campaign purposes is prohibited," says the very first paragraph on the website outlining Senate Internet policies and rules.

Nevertheless, Reid is using his taxpayer-funded website as a tool to make partisan political attacks against private citizens.

The page is titled, "The facts about the Koch brothers," and lists a number of claims, including one Reid admits is false.

Reid, for example, claims that the Kochs pay no corporate taxes. That claim has been deemed false and was crossed off after it was reported.

The Daily Caller said it reached out to the Committee on Rules and Administration to determine if Reid had permission to post the personal attack.

"A spokesperson for the committee promised answers to these questions and directed The DC’s inquiry to a committee employee named Phillip Rumsey. Rumsey had not yet responded by the time of publication," the Daily Caller said.

We reached out to Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, a member of the Senate Ethics Committee, but have not received a response at the time of this writing.

A spokesperson for Koch Companies Public Sector, however, characterized Reid’s attacks as being “beneath the office he holds.”

“We are ardent supporters of free speech and the First Amendment,” the spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, it seems Senator Reid and other politicians would like to suppress those rights for people whose ideas differ from theirs.”

In addition to the publicly-funded webpage, Reid has called the Koch brothers "un-American" for not holding his political views, and has blamed them for a variety of things, including the recent Supreme Court decision lifing the aggregated caps on campaign contributions.

According to Reid, The Koch brothers are "trying to buy America."

Donors to Democrats like Reid, however, give far more money than the Kochs. Reid has yet to attack those donors.

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