Skip to comments.Tea Party hits Reid with ethics charge over Koch brothers
Posted on 06/02/2014 11:37:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Tea Party Patriots has filed a complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) with the Senate Ethics Committee to protest his repeated attacks against Charles and David Koch.
Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, filed the complaint, charging Reid with unlawfully and unethically targeting private citizens.
The complaint further states that Reid has misused Senate staff or resources to engage in partisan campaign activity in violation of federal laws and Senate rules.
Reid has repeatedly slammed the Koch brothers, two of the richest men in the world, for funding attack ads against Democratic candidates.
Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by the Kochs, reportedly plans to spend $125 million on the midterm elections to help Republicans capture a Senate majority.
Reid has called the brothers un-American and accused them of trying to buy America.
He argues they are trying to defeat Democratic senators in order to undermine environmental regulations and enhance the profits of Koch Industries Inc. Environmentalists estimate the brothers' manufacturing business releases 200,000 tons of atmospheric carbon annually.
These billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. Thats what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this. Not a cause, one of the main causes, Reid said last month.
Tea Party Patriots has accused the senator of using government resources to wage a personal campaign against the Koch brothers from the Senate floor and the majority leaders office.
Its been generations since a member of the Senate has abused the power of his office to attack private citizens the way Harry Reid has sought to vilify Charles and David Koch, Martin said.
She said Reids tactics are nothing more than a continuation of the thuggish intimidation campaign mounted by the Obama administration to target and silence people and organizations Democrats disagree with.
In March, Reid accused the Koch brothers of unlawful business practices, including violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Citing a 2011 report by Bloomberg Markets magazine, Reid accused them on the Senate floor of paying bribes and kickbacks to win contracts in Africa, India and the Middle East.
A spokesman for Reid did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The Louisiana Republican Party asked the Senate ethics panel, officially known as the Select Committee on Ethics, in April to investigate Reids use of his official website and Twitter account to criticize the Koch brothers.
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Oh. The Tea Party.
Had to do a double take, thought it said GOP, and I was going to say, ‘so what?’
This regime and its supporting cast will be known in the history books as Lawless (and not the once-cute Lucy type).
The RINOS continue to sit on their hands while the entire USC is flushed down the toilet.
Where is that louse Mitch on this?
Yes! Big difference. Gutless, spineless, and less most other body parts GOP, and the Tea Party who do have them and try to get things done.
Need a few more groups to pile on. Keep those nepotistic- legal - crew busy so they can’t do other damage !
Keep that POS tied up in court.
You betcha. Need to get other groups involved !
Don’t they know that insignificant things like LAWS no longer apply to connected Democrats??
Just ask anyone at ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN/MSNBC/E!/The Daily Show/NPR/WashPost/NYTimes about this!
You have to understand that Harry is simply signalling that HE wants some big bribes from the Koch brothers.
Alex, who are the Steyer brothers?
You are correct!!
Reid will never be able to win ANY ethics case!
Actually it may be more complicated than that. I understand that part of the battle is the Koch brothers with money in oil pipelines versus Warren Buffet with train transport interests. Who knows who is paying what to whom.