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Harry Reid goes on Koch-fueled tirade

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You know it's going to be an interesting, fact-filled day in the Senate when Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., begins his remarks with “Charles and David Koch.”

Reid, speaking on the floor of the Senate, attacked the billionaire brothers as using their fortune for political purposes to “rig the system,” in favor of the 1 percent, and hit Senate Republicans for being "addicted to Koch."

“We may never know how much money the Koch brothers are spending to rig the system,” Reid said. “Republican senators have come to the floor to defend the Koch brothers’ attempt to buy our democracy."

Darn those billionaires and their attempts to promote free-market policies and politicians!

“Senate Republicans say whoever has the most money gets the free speech,” Reid continued.

Wait, Democrats don't think this way? It's not like they ever take money from billionaire influencers, oh wait

“This is about two very wealthy individuals who intend to buy their own Congress,” Reid said.

He could say the very same thing about Tom and Jim Steyer, but he won’t.

Tom Steyer, a billionaire founder of a successful hedge fund company, helped fund Terry McAuliffe's Virginia gubernatorial campaign and is planning a $100 million push for global warming policies.

Jim Steyer plans to launch a political advocacy group, and possibly a super PAC, exactly the kind of thing Reid decried on the Senate floor.

After Reid spoke, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., defended Tom Steyer, saying his push is only trying to repair the damage done by the Koch brothers' spending.

Their money, good. Yours, bad. Got it?

And while we're on that subject, the "evil" Koch brothers are only the 59th biggest donors in U.S. politics. Six of the top 10 are unions. Guess which party they donate to?

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