He’s Not Wild About Harry

Nevada State Senator Ben Kiechefer (R) has sued his GOP primary opponent Gary Schmidt for running an ad that claims Kieckhefer supported U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his 2010 race against Republican Sharron Angel.

In his request, which Washoe County District Judge Patrick Flanagan granted only four days before Nevada’s primary elections, Kiechefer claimed that he is “likely to suffer irreparable injury to his career and reputation” from Schmidt’s ads.

Kieckhefer claimed that, while he’s a staunch defender of the First Amendments, the allegedly false statements shouldn’t be permitted.

Schmidt told the Reno Gazette-Journal that there’s no evidence his opponent ever supported Angle.  Nevertheless, he has complied with the ruling.

Harry Reid, on the other hand, is no staunch defender of the First Amendment, especially when it comes to free speech in election campaigns.

The hearing by the Judiciary Committee was organized to debate a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would allow Congress to regulate the flow of money into campaigns and elections. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the introduction of the proposed amendment was a political stunt by Democrats.  Reid went before the Committee to defend the proposed amendment to limit the impact of money in politics.

“We sit here today with a simple choice,” Reid told the committee, according to the AP and Politico.com  “We can keep the status quo and argue all day and all night — forever — about whose billionaires are right and whose billionaires are wrong. Or, we can work together to change the system, to get this shady money out of our democracy and restore the basic principle of one American, one vote.”

“The flood of dark money into our nation’s political system poses the greatest threat to our democracy that I have witnessed during my time in public service,” Reid said. “The decisions by the Supreme Court have left the American people with a status quo in which one side’s billionaires are pitted against the other side’s billionaires.”

McConnell has long been an opponent of restrictions on campaign finance, while Reid has made the billionaire GOP donors and oil magnates Charles and David Koch his scapegoats in campaigning for this amendment in 2014. Reid has used his time on the Senate floor to blast the two GOP megadonors just as Democrats look to make both men villains in the fall campaign.

“The American people reject the notion that money gives the Koch brothers, corporations or special interest groups a greater voice in government than American voters. They believe, as I do, that elections in our country should be decided by voters — those Americans who have a constitutional, fundamental right to elect their representatives. The Constitution doesn’t give corporations a vote, and it doesn’t give dollar bills a vote,” Reid said.

The Koch Brothers, Reid said, “have all these phantom organizations.” He added: “They must have 15 different phony organizations that they use to pump money into the system.”

McConnell claimed that the goal of Reid’s rant was to stir up the Democrat base so they would show up in November. And his tactic is to complain “loudly about certain Americans exercising their free speech and associational rights, while being perfectly happy that other Americans — those who agree with the sponsors of this amendment — are doing the same thing,” said McConnell.

Politico says that “the proposed amendment…would require two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress, as well as the support of three-fourths of the state legislatures to become a part of the Constitution. (An alternate method, using conventions to circumvent the legislatures, has been used successfully only once in American history.)”

Democrats have argued that a series of recent federal court decisions — including the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC and the more recent McCutcheon v. FEC decision — have tilted the playing field toward wealthy donors and special interests.

Sen. Ted Cruz asked at the hearing, “When did elected Democrats abandon the Bill of Rights? Where did the liberals go?”

“If this amendment passes, Congress can say, you the citizens are no longer citizens, you’re subjects. Because we’ve repealed the First Amendment and taken away your ability to speak,” Cruz said.

“I would note this amendment, if adopted,” Cruz added, “ would give Congress the power to ban books and to ban movies.  Ray Bradbury [the author of ‘Fahrenheit 451’] would be astonished.”

Harry Reid has the nerve to talk about “dark money” and “phantom organizations”?  Does the name “George Soros” ring a bell?  The Tides Foundation?  The Democracy Alliance?  Center for American Progress?  Priorities USA Action?  Jeffry M. Picower (an investor with Bernard L. Madoff Investor Securities)?  Picower is connected to Irving H. Picard, who sued Koch Industries.

How about The Center for Youth and Society?  The Woods Fund of Chicago?  The Chicago Annenberg Challenge?  The National Children’s Law Center?  Going to vote for Hillary?  Remember that her husband commuted William Ayers’ prison sentence.

So what’s ol’ Harry got against the Koch Brothers, really?  Well, it seems Koch Industries has been financing an advertising campaign, through an advocacy group they support criticizing Obama’s support of bankrupt solar company Solyndra.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Feb. 10, 2012 that, “According to the lawsuit, a subsidiary of the Wichita, Kan., refining and chemicals company invested in Fairfield Sentry Ltd., a British Virgin Islands firm that funneled most of its clients’ money into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. The suit says that subsidiary later dissolved, thereby funneling the investment returns to Koch Industries.

“Like the countless others who invested in the so-called feeder fund, Koch Industries now faces a demand to give back those returns, totaling $21.5 million in a clawback lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

“Irving H. Picard, who filed the suit as the trustee liquidating Madoff’s for, doesn’t accuse Koch Industries of any wrongdoing. Rather, he seeks the return of the funds on the grounds that it wasn’t legitimate investment returns after all but the fraudulent proceeds of a Ponzi scheme—i.e., other investors’ money.

“Reached Friday, Koch Industries spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia said the lawsuit is without merit.

“’The Koch entity involved made an investment in an entirely separate fund. That Koch entity no longer exists and its investment was redeemed in 2005, long before anyone knew of Madoff’s fraud,’ Cohlmia said in an emailed statement.

“Koch Industries’ owners, brothers Charles and David Koch, have grabbed headlines lately for their political activism. The brothers have donated their money to various conservative causes, like supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the Republican face[d] a bitter recall campaign, and a March 2011 op-ed by Charles Koch in The Wall Street Journal decried ‘years of tremendous overspending by federal, state and local governments’ as the root of current economic evils.

Back in May, Hothouse Harry charged the Koch Brothers with climate change heresy.

 “The Koch Brothers admit,” he said in the Senate last month, “that they and their radical followers don’t accept the science of climate change.”

Reid quoted a Koch spokesperson in a Kansas newspaper article:

 We are not experts on climate change. We do believe there should be free and open debate on the climate issue and it should be based on sound science and intellectual honesty.

“The debate should take place among the scientific community, examining all points of view and void of politics, personal attacks and partisan agendas.”

Reid raved on about the indisputable science facts of climate change, noting that the debate has taken place and is over.  He ranted on about billionaire-funded advocacy groups like Americans for Prosperity.

“That it means for candidates on the Republican side is, if you … buy into green energy or you play footsie on this issue, you do so at your political peril. The vast majority of people who are involved in the [Republican] nominating process—the conventions and the primaries—are suspect of the science. And that’s our influence. Groups like Americans for Prosperity have done it.”

“I.E., try to do something to stop climate change, and the Koch brothers and their billions of dollars are coming for you.”

So in return, if you don’t believe the 300 scientists (is that all they could come up with?) who concur with the climate change theory, Hothouse Harry is advocating a Constitutional amendment that will see to it that you never heard another side of any issue again that goes against Democrat dogma.

Udall’s Constitutional amendment would also prevent candidates like Gary Schmidt, candidate for the Nevada State Senate, from making accusations that his opponent is a Harry Reid supporter because his opponent might suffer irreparable injury to his career and reputation.

Injurious, indeed.  And embarrassing.

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