Harry Reid Says GOP Should Wear Koch Insignia But He's On Their Bankroll Too

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that Republicans have taken so much money from oil giant Koch Industries that the GOP might as well stamp the commercial logo on their clothing.

“NASCAR fans can easily find their favorite drivers by simply looking at the cars as they fly by, because there are corporate emblems on the hood of the car … for our clothing here in the Senate, we don’t bear commercials logos. Many Republicans might as well wear Koch insignias,” Reid said Monday. “While they don’t wear Koch Industries’ ties and jackets, they display their sponsors proudly through their actions here in the United States Senate.”

But Reid himself received campaign donations from Koch, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Campaign finance records show that in March 2003, Reid received a donation from Robert P. Hall, III, in the amount of $500. Hall worked at Koch from 1998 to 2004, according the Center for Responsive Politics. He was also a lobbyist for INVISTA, a Koch subsidiary. 

Hall is now a lobbyist for General Electric.

“The Koch brothers’ agenda is an agenda that is not my agenda. It is not our agenda. But is it your agenda, I say to my Republican friends?” Reid said Monday. “We Democrats, we’ll continue to defend American families from the oil baron bullies who want nothing more than to enrich themselves. We will continue to oppose their efforts to buy our democracy.”

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham accused Reid of demonizing the David and Charles Koch, whom she described as “two men who have done an enormous amount for the free market.”

“They are merely expressing their views in the political system,” Ingraham told Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning. “This is what George Soros does. This is what Steven Spielberg does. This is what David Geffen does. They all spend an enormous amount of money in politics. They’re not demonized. But these two individuals in the well of the Senate by a man who has his own connections to the subsidiary of the Koch Brothers!”

Steven Spielberg’s net worth is $3.4 billion. The 64-year-old was number 487 on Forbe’s lastest Billionaires list.

Charles and David Koch are tied at number 6. Each has a net worth of $40.3 billion dollars.

Sources: Mediaite, Washington Free Beacon, Politico