WICHITA, Kansas – The debate over campaign finance and the First Amendment continues on Capitol Hill with strong ties to the Sunflower State, including the Koch brothers.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has long been opposed to the Koch brothers and their campaign contributions to the right.
“The ability to speak should not be dependent on how much money you have,” said Sen. Reid.
After participating in a documentary showing Tuesday night at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., democratic leaders are defending their choice to show the film entitled “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.”
Sen. Reid said the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling is reason enough for voters to be cautious when it comes to the Koch brothers’ billion dollar influence.
“Under the interpretation of the Supreme Court, the more money you have, the more free speech you get, and the Koch brothers are really putting that to the test,” continued Sen. Reid.
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, defending the Koch brothers and criticizing the majority leader. Sen. Roberts sent a message to Sen. Reid to stop “engaging in character assassination” against the Koch brothers.
“The only thing he seems to do more often than block Republican amendments, is to attack the Kochs,” said Roberts.
Senator Roberts celebrated the Citizens United ruling.
“People of all points of view now have the opportunity to make their views widely known,” said Sen. Roberts. “Even with people who disagree with the majority here in the Senate have that right.”
Kansas Sen. Roberts accused Majority Leader Sen. Reid of exercising a “double standard.”
As written in a press release distributed by Sen. Roberts’ office, Roberts said, “Spending huge amounts of money in politics only concerns them if it is spent against them, or on behalf of their opponents.”
Sen. Roberts said the Koch family hopes to achieve an America that takes a “different path.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attacked the Koch family’s financial intentions.
“These are not people who share their values about fairness in our economy, safety in the air that our children breathe, but people with an agenda,” said Rep. Pelosi.
Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi attended Tuesday night’s showing of the documentary at the Capitol. Republicans, including Sen. Roberts, allege the screening at the Capitol Visitors Center could violate congressional rules about screening films inside the Capitol building. Sen. Reid defended the event, saying there was “nothing ethically wrong” with talking about a documentary at the site.
To view a trailer for the “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” documentary, visit http://www.bravenewfilms.org/koch2014
If you are interested in reading Sen. Roberts’ entire press release entitled “Senator Roberts to Leader Reid: First Amendment Can’t be Amended to Stifle Political Dissent” click here