Harry Reid’s Latest Koch-Addled Rant: Kochs Have ‘Far More Money Than Virtually Every Government’

by Andrew Johnson

Harry Reid is at it again: The majority leader took to the Senate floor on Thursday for another delusional rant against the Koch brothers.

Early in his remarks, Reid complained that recent campaign-finance decisions have created a political environment where “one side’s billionaires are pitted against the other side’s billionaires. ”Except one side doesn’t have many billionaires,” he said.

Maybe Reid isn’t the guy Democratic fundraisers like to put forth for donors, but the Left has plenty of prominent billionaire supporters – most prominently, environmentalist tycoon Tom Steyer, who pledged to spend $100 million in the midterm election cycle. Other billionaire Dems include hedge-fund manager James Simons, former Qualcomm executive Irwin Jacobs, Warren Buffett, and George Soros, and more.

​Later, Reid worried about the size of the philanthropic brothers’ wealth.

​”It is not right that we have two of richest men in the world trying to buy America,” he responded to a question by colleague Dick Durbin of Illinois. ”They have far more money than virtually every government.”

Bloomberg recently reported that the combined net worth of the Kochs surpasses $100 billion — which is larger than almost every U.S. state’s budget, though the statistics aren’t comparable since one is a stock and the other is a flow.