Harry Reid is obsessed with the Koch Brothers. But Nevadans have never heard of them.

Few private citizens find themselves in the congressional record as much as Charles and David Koch. The billionaire industrialists fund a panoply of conservative political groups to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. And they are near-daily targets of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who, at last count, mentioned the brothers on the Senate floor 134 times.


J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The name calling – “un-American,” “oil barons,” “multizillionaires” – seems meant to rally fundraising for his party, but we wondered how many people in Reid’s own state would know who the Koch brothers are. So we went to Las Vegas, where, as it turns out, barely anyone did.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has mentioned the Koch brothers on the Senate floor more than 130 times, but his own constituents have never heard of the billionaire businessmen. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)

politics

the-fix

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

the-fix

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Jaime Fuller · May 20, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.