Editor’s Note – Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, kingpins in the “Say and Do Anything Gang,” are at it again. This obsession, or rather addiction to all things Koch Brothers is just off the charts. It is clearly unethical and possibly has broken legal lines. But what they are about to do tonight should earn them a ticket to ethics hearings in both houses of Congress.
They plan on screening a screening “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” tonight. Where? They are doing it at the Capital Building itself. The filmmakers call themselves “Brave New Films,” but there is nothing brave going on here.
The fact that this is a follow-up political hit piece/movie on private citizens, in part on the tax payers’ dime, on tax payers’ property in the capital is beyond the pale. It is also egregious how elected officials and the Democrat Party openly slander and libel private citizens.
From the left you will hear that it is all about two rich men trying to take over America so it must be okay; Charles and David Koch. Of course the Democrats have rich men and women on their tickets but that is okay apparently. Just look at their “Democracy Alliance” secret meetings.
What is worse in our opinion is that Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has even castigated the brothers in the well of the Senate and on his official web site.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee strictly bars all “partisan” or political campaign posts on senators’ official websites. Senators posting questionable content can get committee “guidance” or approval but not a waiver from the prohibitions, which have been in place since 2008.
The minimum transgression here is an ethics violation but we think it is far more illegal and morally repugnant. The weird part is that Harry Reid himself has received funds, indirectly or directly, from the Koch brothers in the past as have many Democrats.
But does it break Congressional rules? Here is what the folks at OnPolitics wrote:
Lawmaker: Screening of Koch film may break House rules
Plans by top Democrats to highlight a film critical of the billionaire Koch brothers at the Capitol Visitors Center this week may violate House rules and should be reconsidered, according to the head of the House committee that oversees the day-to-day running of the chamber.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are slated to appear at a congressional press briefing Tuesday evening where parts of “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” will be shown, according to an invitation.
In a Monday letter to Pelosi, Rep. Candace Miller, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Administration Committee, argued the event “may cross the line into partisan politics” and could amount to an inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded facilities. She notes that film’s producers also are seeking donations on the website that promotes documentary.
The show will go on, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill said Monday.
Lawmakers never intended to screen the entire film but plan to show clips of it during a news conference, he said. He also noted that the film was created by a non-profit organization.
“The fact that Chairwoman Miller wrote this letter demonstrates the reach of the Koch brothers into our government and why there is a need for the public to be more fully informed of their activities,” Hamill said.
The dust-up is the latest skirmish between Democrats and Republicans over the industrialists Charles Koch and David Koch, who have poured millions into politics to help conservative candidates and causes. Led by Reid, Democrats have repeatedly lambasted them publicly ahead of November’s elections that will determine which political party controls the Senate.
If this does not fall under the Hatch Act we do not know what would. The Koch brothers should be sitting with lawyers now, and filing suit in the morning.
Here is more on the story:
The Koch brothers are headed to the big screen — and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are coming along for the ride.
The two congressional Democratic leaders will appear at a screening in the Capitol of “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” — a documentary that Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) participated in. Both Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi (D-Calif.) will participate in a question and answer session as well.
Washington Democrats — and Reid in particular — are on the warpath against the billionaire conservatives David and Charles Koch.
“The Kochs’ bid for a hostile takeover of the American democracy is calculated to make themselves even richer. Yet, the Kochs and their Republican followers in Congress continue to assert that these hundreds of millions of dollars are free speech,” Reid said on Thursday, one of his now-common broadsides against the conservative brothers.
The screening will be held on Tuesday evening in the Capitol Visitor Center. The movie is directed by Robert Greenwald and is a midterm update to a 2012 film of the same name. In an email, Koch Industries General Counsel called it “troubling that Senior Democratic party leaders are using taxpayer resources to publicize this partisan propaganda.”
“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi have teamed up with Robert Greenwald, a failed Hollywood producer who now makes obscure partisan attack videos,” Mark Holden said. “Mr. Greenwald made a series of videos about Koch back in 2012 which were filled with lies, distortions, and misrepresentations about Koch.”
More Editor’s Note – Here is a screen shot from the web site of Brave New Films, there you can view the trailer of this egregious attack on private citizens: