GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Reid Over Koch Attacks

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Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 03:00 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Republicans have filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over his attacks against the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

The Republican Party of Louisiana complained to the Senate Ethics Committee that Reid is making partisan attacks on Charles and David Koch from his taxpayer-funded website and Twitter account, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The party’s chairman, Roger Villere, alleges that Reid violated Senate rules that prohibit senators from using official resources for political campaign purposes.

In a letter to the committee’s leaders, Sens. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, and Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, Villere wrote, "Senate rules are clear: Senators and their staffs are prohibited from using official resources for partisan electoral activities."

The complaint singles out an April 9 posting on Reid’s website entitled, "The Facts about the Koch Brothers," which Villere claimed consisted of "more than a dozen hyperbolic attacks" on the Kochs.

The letter also said that Reid’s Twitter account featured a graphic of two men wearing Koch Industries Inc. logos, while adding that Republicans senators "might as well wear Koch insignias to denote their sponsorship."

Earlier this year, Reid called the Koch siblings "un-American" and claimed they were trying "to buy" the midterm elections for the GOP.

On Wednesday, Reid continued his attack on the Koch brothers with a new fund-raising email, according to the The Associated Press.

He wrote, "Middle class families deserve to know who is trying to buy their votes. They deserve to know the truth about the Koch brothers' anti-middle class agenda."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stepped up the feud with the Democratic leader on the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" by saying, "This guy will stop at nothing to lie to the American people."

Referring to the ethics complaint, Priebus said, "Harry Reid is so dirty and so unethical that some of these things have to happen. You have to put a marker down and say, wait a second, you are not going to use a taxpayer website and a taxpayer Twitter account to attack Republicans."

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