The next time Harry Reid wants to demonize conservative billionaires, he might want to check who’s on their Christmas card list.
The Senate majority leader from Nevada – where prostitution is legal – would find out one of his closest comrades in the Democratic majority is more than happy to take money from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
Thanks to a Powerline report, we now know that New York Democrat Chuck Schumer was on the receiving end in 2010 of a campaign donation from KOCHPAC, the political action committee of Koch Industries – and listen to how he gushed in a thank-you letter.
“Thank you so much for the generous KOCHPAC contribution to my 2010 campaign for re-election to the United States Senate,” Schumer wrote.
“Your early financial help keeps me strong in my campaign. In return, I promise to keep working as hard as I can to help our nation reach its maximum potential.”
Standard stuff maybe for a politician working the ropes – no services specifically promised, just a tease about “working as hard as I can” — but pretty jarring compared to how Schumer talks about the Kochs when he’s not down on his knees.
Here’s what he told “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Monday about Reid and the Dems’ strategy to vilify the brothers as un-American for putting their money into politics.
“The Koch brothers aren’t just sitting there innocently on the side. They’re spending $40, $50 million in ads that are not focused on their real agenda, which is just eliminating all regulation on corporations, cutting taxes to virtually nothing. And so that demands a response. So I don’t feel sorry for them.”
Schumer slobbers for money one minute; he’s stone-cold indifferent the next. Sounds a lot like something that’s legal in Nevada.
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