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Koch representatives respond to U.S. Senate majority leader’s recent attacks

From Wichita Eagle.

After Harry Reid took to the U.S. Senate floor last week and called the Koch brothers “un-American,” people at Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc. said they know what the Democratic Party plan looks like for the 2014 elections.

“We are the plan,” said Koch spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia .

She was referencing a speech that Reid, the Senate majority leader, made last week in which he said Charles and David Koch have political plans of their own.

Cohlmia said she doesn’t know what political plans the Kochs have, though she said they would probably do something. In the past, Charles and David Koch have acknowledged spending millions not only to support candidates they like but also to influence future policy makers’ views about free markets and capitalism.

What Cohlmia and Koch Industries general counsel Mark Holden were objecting to on Friday were five speeches Reid has made on the Senate floor about the Kochs since Jan. 31, including one Tuesday in which Reid said Republicans were “addicted to Koch .”

Holden said that was “offensive.” And then on Friday, Democrats followed up with a website, www.kochaddictioncom .

There was more.

“The oil-baron Koch brothers are very good at protecting and growing their prodigious fortune,” Reid said last week. “There’s nothing un-American about that. But what is un-American is when shadowy billionaires pour unlimited money into our democracy to rig the system to benefit themselves and the wealthiest 1 percent.”

The Kochs, Reid went on to say, “seem to believe in an America where the system is rigged to benefit the very wealthy. … It seems my Republican colleagues also believe in a system that benefits billionaires at the expense of the middle class. The Koch brothers are willing to invest billions to buy that America.”

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