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Harry Reid slams SCOTUS campaign finance decision, blames Koch brothers

Sen. Harry Reid attacks Koch brothers over SCOTUS decision upholding the First Amendment.
Sen. Harry Reid attacks Koch brothers over SCOTUS decision upholding the First Amendment.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., once again invoked the Koch brothers in an attack slamming the Supreme Court for a campaign finance decision based on the First Amendment right to free political speech, Politico reported Wednesday.

“The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court,” the Nevada Democrat said. “All it does is take away people’s rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”

Reaction to Reid's Pavlovian response was fast and furious.

"You're not joking?" one person asked on Twitter.

"Wah wah the Koch Brothers are trying to buy America," another person said, mocking the Senate Majority Leader who has exhibited an obsession with the Koch brothers.

Reid also made the claim on Twitter.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling gives even more power to the wealthiest few who are trying to buy our democracy, like the Koch Brothers," he tweeted, while failing to mention the uber-rich liberal donors who contribute to Democrats.

"You spelled 'Tom Steyer' wrong, Senator," one person said in response, referring to one of the left's wealthy donors.

"What about unions?" another person asked, referring to the fact that labor unions donate far more to Democrats than the Koch brothers.

Another Twitter user, using the handle "H Reid's head voices," suggested Reid denounce Democrat big money contributors like George Soros and labor unions.

Politico noted that while Democrats publicly denounced the decision, they were "far more positive in private."

"One top Hill Democrat suggested Democrats had a larger number of donors, and they can now go back and ask these supporters for even more money," Politico added.

The 5-4 decision strikes down total limits on what individuals can give to federal candidates over a two-year election cycle. The court, however, kept the current limits on individual donations, currently at $2,600 to a candidate for the primary election and another $2,600 for the general election.



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