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.
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.