Charles and David Koch are two conservative mega-donors that the left loves to hate, drawing ire from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the Senate floor, but Steve Lombardo, of Koch Industries, says the Koch brothers are really an American success story.
"When you look across the broad spectrum of what Charles and David Koch have created over the last several decades and built upon their father's company, it really is an American success story," Lombardo told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV
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The chief communications officer for Koch Industries says it's a company that "started in the heartland, that's still based in Wichita, Kansas, that is growing by the day."
"We have 4,000 open rolls for jobs, and these are good, strong, well-paying jobs that are in manufacturing, in innovation and technology," he explained. "This is the type of service that they've been providing by providing opportunities and growing a company."
"They reinvest 90 percent of all profits every year back into the company for either new acquisitions, for growing the company in a variety of ways," Lombardo said.
This has been done "at a time when American manufacturing has been in decline — Koch has gone in the opposite direction, and I couldn't be more proud of it."
"The more people know about Koch Industries, the more they're going to like it," he added.
In February, Reid attacked the Koch brothers in a speech from the Senate floor, calling them "un-American" and saying that "they're trying to buy America."
"What Sen. Reid has said on the floor of the Senate has been stunning to me," Lombardo said.
"I've been involved in communications, public relations, and politics for nearly three decades," he explained. "I've never seen a Senate majority leader go on the floor of the Senate and attack two private citizens like this."
He said that according to "one count," the name Koch "has been invoked by the Senate majority leader . . . more than 150 times."
"Why would a Senate majority leader and to some extent members of the Democratic Party be so focused on two citizens?" he asked.
In response to the attacks against the Koch brothers, Koch Industries launched a national ad campaign
in June with the goal of educating the public about the success of the company, including the number of jobs it has created and the services it provides.
Lombardo says the response has "been off the charts in a lot of respects."
"First of all, we have 60,000 U.S. employees, 100,000 now globally," he explained.
"They're sensitive to some of the misinformation and disinformation that's out there and the political attacks, frankly," he said. "A lot of them and thousands of them literally have said they are so happy to hear that we're out there telling our story and doing it in a much more vocal way than we have in the past."
He said the company is "hearing from business partners, community leaders, and other people that it's good to see Koch Industries talk about who we are and what we do and the products we try to make every day that help people improve their lives."
Lombardo added that attacks against the Koch brothers are "part of a strategy to demonize two American citizens who are job creators."
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